Sensory

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...

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...
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Adapting Art for Children With Special Needs

Many times children with special needs or learning differences are overlooked when it comes to creative opportunities. While they may struggle in other traditional areas, exploring art can offer a place to discover new...
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Sun Salutation for Sensory Regulation

The yoga pose sequence know as Sun Salutation, Salute to the Sun, or Surya Namaskar, is among the most commonly used yoga sequences. Typically this flowing sequence is used at the beginning of a...
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Using Art To Teach Life Skills

For some kids with special needs dealing with new situations or ways of doing things can cause fear and anxiety.  Or they may get “stuck” doing something the same way but become frustrated because...

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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Whole Body Tools to Engage a Group of Kids During Summer Camp

With summer approaching, the thoughts of summer camps and kid groups are dancing in our heads.  As professionals these groups can be exciting as we get to choose what we love to do and...