Discrimination Disorder

Bowling: A Wonderful Sensory Activity

Bowling is a wonderful sensory activity for kids.  No matter how you and your child decides to bowl, bowling is a simple, fun activity that offers heavy work, motor planning, strengthening, and visual motor...

The Essentials for a Sensory-Friendly Learning Environment

Many children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and other isms find it easier to study at home rather than in public school. For these children, school can be a scary place not only because of...
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Tactile Shaving Cream Adventures

One day while I was cleaning the bathroom I realized the house was too quiet. I called out for my son- his response was wild laughter. I took off my gloves and walked down...

Long Summer Vacation? Top 10 Ways to Maintain Your Student’s Attention!

One of the most difficult transitions in the school system is coming back from summer vacation! Most likely your students have been staying up late, sleeping in, had limited structure, and doing new and...

Trouble Reading? Consider Vision Therapy

The function of eye movements goes well beyond vision and reflects higher brain processes. (Gauthier 1990) Through the processes of observation and elimination, we can often get to the root of a reading problem and...
Charlie Brown Teacher

Auditory Extraction – Getting the Key Message

I opened this series with an overview discussion about the Multi-System approach to Auditory Processing Disorders.  According to this system-integrated model developed by this professional, the six main systems involved in auditory processing are: 1....
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Pack a Lunch Loaded with Oral Sensory Input

As an Occupational Therapist, I am always teaching families unique ways to sneak in sensory activities throughout the day to keep their family at the desired state of regulation, especially an easy solution like...
Auditory Memory

Auditory Processing: Memory, Organization and Integration

In a seven part series, I covered the multiple components involved with an Auditory Processing Disorder. I opened the discussion by describing the multi-system approach and moved into the sensory component to auditory processing,...

A Simple Hand Exercise for a “Quick Bite” of Proprioceptive Input

Proprioception is our body’s understanding of where it is in space. It is a sense that lets us know the position of our physical structure through receptors in our joints. We can stimulate or...
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Eyegames, Part 3: Behavioral Optometrist’s Evaluation

Eyegames: Easy and Fun Visual Exercises: An OT and Optometrist Offer Activities to Enhance Vision! was co-authored by Lois Hickman and Rebecca Hutchins, an occupational therapist and an optometrist, and is a must read....