Occupational Therapy

Helping With Handwriting

Many children struggle with handwriting and completing worksheets.  They may experience hand weakness and poor endurance.  If this sounds like your child, you may need to get creative when it comes to getting your...

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...
Dysgraphia

Taking the Mystery Out of Dysgraphia

Do you know a child who loves school but hates to complete written assignments? Is there a student in your class who can tell you all about the last book he read but cannot...
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...

4 Overlooked Pre-Writing Features

Handwriting is such a complex task and our students are asked to write frequently throughout their school days. Poor handwriting is one of the leading Occupational Therapy referrals in school systems. All too often,...

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...

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...
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...

Big Foot Relay: A Skill Building Game

Spring is here and the warm weather beckons back yard play.  Special-Ism is always seeking ideas to turn ordinary games into activities that offer skill building, therapeutic benefits - unbeknownst to the children. Big Foot...
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...