Discrimination Disorder

Why the Brushing Program is so Secretive?

The brushing program is an intervention that supports children with tactile defensiveness who struggle to cope in a world that is often annoying, stressful and overwhelming. Light or unexpected touch can trigger a defensive response...
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Sun Salutations for Vestibular Input

Swinging is known to have a calming effect on the nervous system. The rhythmical movements and repetitive pattern give steady, even input to the vestibular system. Swinging is soothing and calming. If there is someone...
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Oral Motor Games for Children Young and Old

"Oral motor skills include speech, coordinating breathing and swallowing, and the management of food textures. Children with low muscle tone and sensory processing differences are at risk of delayed oral motor skill development. Oral...
Reading Challenges - Vision Therapy

Medical Student Hates to Read? Adult Perspective on Reading Challenges

On so many occasions, I am asked about what types of individuals enroll in vision therapy. Many assume that it is just school aged children, who must have some learning disability or decreased IQ...

Scooter Boards Foster Developmental Skills

No matter what the ism may be, exercise is almost always beneficial. Children with various isms can have a myriad of challenges such as sensory integration, cognitive processing and self-regulation. Believe it or not,...
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Eyegames: Easy and Fun Visual Exercises

Lois Hickman and Rebecca Hutchins, an occupational therapist and an optometrist, co-authored Eyegames: Easy and Fun Visual Exercises: An OT and Optometrist Offer Activities to Enhance Vision! to offer activities to improve vision. This short read...

Is it CAPD or ADHD?

It is common knowledge that there is an alphabet soup of executive function disorders. Asperger's, PDD-NOS, ODD, OCD, ADHD, bi-polar and more all have symptoms in common.There is one more disorder, which is not...
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Reading Challenges? When to Suspect Vision as a Culprit

I earned a degree in education and was an elementary school teacher before my current role as administrator and head therapist for The Vision Improvement and Sensory Learning Programs. I now look back and...
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Auditory Hypersensitivity – An Emotional Response

In the first article within this series, I opened with an overview of the multi-system approach to auditory processing disorders (APDs) as described in Lucker’s Multi-System Integrative Model of Auditory Processing (Lucker 2008).  We...

Hurricane Preparedness – Sensory Style

"Whether the weather be good, or whether the weather be bad, we must remember sensory needs, if we are to remain regulated and glad." Hurricane season is in our midst and for many, this rhyming...