Discrimination Disorder

6 Strategies for Surviving a Nursing Home Visit with Your Child

What do you do when you have both a child with sensory challenges and a friend or relative in a nursing home? Short of ignoring one to attend to the other, you strategize.  In order...

How to be a Medication Ninja

Last month, we got Influenza A. At least, I am pretty sure we did. Classic symptoms, straight from a medical textbook. Fever, respiratory symptoms, aches, fatigue. Typically, influenza will take anywhere from 7-10 days to...
Optometrist evaluation

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....
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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...
Proprioceptive Input

20 Proprioceptive Input Ideas for Home and School

The proprioceptive system is input received through receptors in the joints and muscles with movement and heavy work. When these receptors are activated, body awareness is improved and the person knows where his/her body...

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...

The Moon Sand Starter Set Provides Tactile Input

The Moon Sand Starter Set comes with everything needed for sand play in one convenient set. The modeling material feels and responds just like wet sand, bringing the beach home to your kids. The kit...

5 Ideas for Sensory Savvy Picture Book Experiences

For learning, for pleasure and for consistent adult-child time, nothing seems to beat cuddling up to read picture books together.  However, sometimes sensory needs distort the ideal image of such read-together times. Some children cannot...

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...

5 Ways to Encourage Independent Play

As we move into the new year, we will continue to have crazy weather.  Sometimes weather too poor to send our children out to play.  Yet, there is work to be done, kids to...