Sensory Diet

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How to Achieve Sensory Success with Teens

During my years as a school-based occupational therapist (OT), I consistently observed the following: younger kids, like preschoolers through third-graders, loved coming to OT. Often their peers would ask me why they don't "get...
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4 Sensory Activities to Celebrate Fire Prevention Week

Did you know it is Fire Prevention Week? Sure is! The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced “Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years” as the official theme for this year’s...

Engaging Reluctant Children in Art Play

One of the concerns repeatedly raised by parents is their child’s lack of interest and willingness to engage in art play, especially coloring, drawing and beginning writing activities. Often this is the parent of a...
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Transitions: Yoga and Mindfulness to the Rescue

I lead professional development workshops for educators, all over the country. I always ask teachers, “What is the most challenging part of your day?” If I asked them all to call out their response...
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Clothespin Games: An Affordable Sensory Tool

The original purpose of clothespins is for hanging up clothes to dry on a line.  But did you know that the simple little clothespins in either plastic or wood can be an inexpensive tool...
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Yoga and Sensory at your School Desk

Children struggling with attention, sensory regulation, or emotional regulation concerns will often have a notable increase in anxiety about school. With the transition from a summer of free play, less structure, and open access...

Consider Yoga to Develop Social Skills

The benefits of yoga seem to be numberless.  Every person has a different reason why they practice yoga or even a different idea of why others practice yoga.  Common responses are for flexibility, relaxation,...
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Yoga Tips for Sensory Regulation – Morning until Night

The goal of a sensory diet is to incorporate movement and sensory based activities throughout the day in order to promote regulation. Each sensory diet includes activities, designed by an occupational therapist, to provide...
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Enhance Receptive & Expressive Language Skills with Yoga

The practice of yoga lends itself naturally to the development of language skills.  Practicing yoga in a movement based, playful environment can naturally bring about a sense of calm and focus. Language, approached playfully,...

An Old Fly Swatter Offers Tons of Sensory Fun

Teachers, make your lesson times more purposeful and fun.  Start looking at common objects and events in new ways. Simple objects around the home and classroom can be used in creative ways to meet...