Occupational Therapy

Sensational Kids

Five Fundamental Facts about SPD

So many children have sensory issues and many people are not as familiar with Sensory Integration (SI). Many Occupational Therapists (OT’s) are trained in SI work and use this in their treatment when working...
tactile defensive

Tactile Defensive? Start with the other Senses

When children are defensive or sensory over-responsive to certain tactile input, it can really affect their ability to function. Some children are sensitive to tags in their shirts, touching sticky or gooey things (like...
Classroom for Success

Success for All when Private OT Visits the Classroom

If your child is receiving private occupational therapy (OT), the primary focus of the sessions is typically what occurs in the clinic. Of equal importance, however is collaboration between your child’s occupational therapist and...
Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy Supports Autism

April is one very special month - It's Autism Awareness Month AND Occupational Therapy (OT) Month all rolled into one!  Occupational Therapy is often an integral therapy for children on the autism spectrum. As an...
motor planning

Use Frisbees and Hats to Promote Motor Skills!

There's a great book of party game ideas entitled, Kids Outdoor Parties by Penny Warner. I tend to look at things with therapeutic lenses on, always on a quest for fun game ideas that hold...

Tips to Decrease Back-to-School Stress

It’s that time of year again where you are stressing about whether or not you and your child are ready to go back to school, or maybe they are starting kindergarten! How exciting. You...
sensory defensive

4 Steps to Discovering Happiness with a Sensory-Defensive Child

Suppose that you are in my class and I am sharing some vital information with you. Now, also suppose that I have dropped a spider down the back of your shirt, where he is...

How to Receive the Greatest Benefit from Your Child’s Therapy Sessions

A typical chain of events leading up to enrollment in a therapy program is as follows: A parent begins to have concerns about the behaviors or skill development of his/her child. After some time, the concern...

An Occupational Therapist to Address Sensory Needs

I have been working with children with sensory processing challenges for over thirty years. One of the things that I find most frustrating is meeting families who have received poor services from an inappropriate...

Build an Emergency Kit and Improve the Lives of Strangers!

When I think about everything we use in a day to keep my child running right, I realized that my emergency kit needs an upgrade. There's no way I can pack up the trampoline,...