Sensory Diet

Long Grass Offers a Ton of Sensory Input

The old adage says that April showers can bring May flowers.  Along with those flowers comes grass.  Lots of long grass, growing in lawns everywhere.  Grass that can look beautiful.  Unfortunately, it does not...

Sensory Fun in the Summer

Get ready for summertime and plan some sensory fun for you and your child. Depending on where you live, summer may take its sweet time to get here or may be trying to make...
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...
Too Much Glue

Sensory Integration Experiences through Art

Art can be a great way for kids with special isms to get sensory experiences they crave and enjoy.   It can also be a good place for children with sensory integration challenges to be...
Jazz for Kids

Music Therapy and Fun Rhythm Games

The two main components of a musical rhythm are the beat/pulse and the rhythmic unit. They both appear repeatedly in almost every piece of music. The pulse is simple and repeats in a continuous...
Control the Core

Learn How to Control Your Child’s Core

It’s all the hype: Core Control. And it’s not just for adults. Learning to control your core can have lifelong benefits. At the heart of the core is the pelvis. Most people have some understanding...
Body Part Cards

Sensory Diet On the Fly – Body Part Cards

One challenge I have found in educating children with Sensory Processing Disorder is finding ways of slipping in focused sensory breaks and sensory diet-friendly learning activities before the child's behaviors make all of us...
teenage sensory needs

Three Ways to Meet Teenage Sensory Needs

I think all of us who work with kids with sensory processing isms feel helpless at times in meeting teenage sensory needs. In fact, one of the most common questions I get is: "What works...

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...

Wearing SPD Lenses: 7 All-Season Reasons to Purchase Pool Noodles

The first official day of summer is but days away and, so, summer recreation items are on sale everywhere.  Well, don’t just breeze by that bin of inexpensive pool noodles.  Dig down into your...