Discrimination Disorder

Interoception: The Least Known Sense

Research the topic of Sensory Processing Disorder and before long, you will discover that there are actually more than the five senses we all learned about in preschool. We already are aware of the...
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Hyperacusis: Bionic Hearing?

It was a busy summer day when hyperacusis presented as a super power - one of bionic hearing.  Michelle and her kids were getting out of their SUV to go to a local playground.  The playground was...

Re-Focus Your Students with Three Balance Breaks

Balance breaks or poses are thought to develop the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls the body in motion. They may also improve memory, focus and concentration, as well as physical coordination...

8 Fun Oral Sensory Activities to Improve Your Child’s Regulation

Generally when we think about sensory input to help children regulate, we go with the powerhouse trifecta of sensory processing: vestibular, proprioceptive and touch pressure input. There are times, however when you need a quicker,...
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Sensory Motor Fun in the Snow

Few things compare to the opportunities for a fun workout than playing in the snow. Get the kids outside and moving, then wrap up a hard day of play with a large mug of...

Satisfy Your Sensational Sniffer – Scented Play Dough

All three of my boys have a hypersensitive sense of smell.  They can smell things long before I can, and I think I have a pretty good sniffer. I used to get asked on a...

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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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...
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Incorporate Balance and Vestibular Activities into Lessons

Have you every considered incorporating balance and vestibular activities into your lesson plans?  The result of calm, regulated and eager learners will certainly inspire you to add more activities.  Give it a go and...