Occupational Therapy

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,...
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...

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...
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 and ABA Teamwork: A Great Fit!

The American Occupational Therapy Assn (AOTA) conference has just concluded in Indianapolis, Indiana and as is always the case, I feel such enthusiasm and camaraderie after interacting with a focused group of my colleagues. Joining...
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...
ot this summer

Summertime ‘At Home’ Occupational Therapy

Since my son was diagnosed with ADHD, I have become more attuned to all the issues encompassing the diagnosis. ADHD is a kind of slippery slope for parents, therapists and even educators. Each child...

Sensory Strategies for Under-Responders, Part 2

Last month in The Under-Responsive Side of SPD, Part 1, I talked about the sensory modulation continuum and the specific needs of children with "isms" that are under-responsive to sensory input. This month, I'd...
Yoga and OT

The Complimentary Practices of Occupational Therapy and Yoga

As the practices of both Yoga and Occupational Therapy (OT) evolve in our modern culture, the two disciplines find themselves walking along the same path toward health and wellness. While the tradition of Yoga...