Sensory Diet

sensory classroom

Sensory Solutions in the Classroom for the Kid Who Cannot Sit Still

For the child who needs and seeks out movement, being in a classroom can often be a struggle. The expectation to be able to sit still, attend and learn starts in kindergarten, if not...
seat-based-strategies

Seat-Based Sensory Strategies to Keep Students Seated and Focused

My daughters have only been back in school a couple of days now and they are already counting down the weeks until Spring Break! It seems really far away right now and they are...

The Sensory “Ups” of Trampolines

I know trampolines have inherent risks, and I even know the American Academy of Pediatricians discourages their use. But as an Occupational Therapist and a mom with "sensational kids", I also know I would...
Brain Works Exercise Band

BrainWorks – An Unparalleled Sensory Diet Tool

As a parent of a child with sensory issues, I have spent the past few years pouring through books, websites and recommendations for a simple at-home system that our family can use to consistently...
scooter boards gym

Scooter Boards Foster Developmental Skills

No matter what the ism may be, exercise is almost always beneficial. Children with various isms can have a myriad of challenges such as sensory integration, cognitive processing and self-regulation. Believe it or not,...
Group Art - Social Skills

Teach Social Skills Through Group Art

Sharing social experiences is where we all start to connect and make friends. This is a natural process in life. Sometimes finding ways for these opportunities to happen for children with various isms can...

7 Strategies for a Successful Circle Time

Although many children love a good book, it is an unfortunate fact that some with sensory-challenges don’t always appear to love listening to one during circle time.  In fact, traditional circle times can be...
yoga

Therapeutic Benefits of Using Yoga in Occupational Therapy

As an occupational therapist, I have used yoga in a variety of ways with clients I’ve worked with.  Yoga is a great way to build strength and body awareness and also improves sensory processing...
at therapy for special needs kids

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...
art therapy - fine motor

Utilize Art To Increase Fine Motor Skills

The process of creating art is a fun way for kids with various isms to maintain and increase fine motor skills.  Many times skills are being increased without the artist even realizing it.  It...