Sensory Diet

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Discover Your Child’s Creative Outlet

Amazing talents and gifts abound in children with various differences.  As a society, we need to not focus so much on the negatives associated with differences.  Instead, let's stress the positive aspects of those...
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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...

The Recorder: Chock Full of Therapeutic Benefits

Are you looking to try something fun and different with your child? Something that offers a hidden therapeutic benefit? Consider the recorder. It's a very basic musical instrument that offers many hidden benefits.  Explore insights...
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Re-Focus Your Students with Three Balance Breaks

Balance breaks or poses are thought to develop the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls the body in motion. They may also improve memory, focus and concentration, as well as physical coordination...
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Super Bowl Sensory Snack Sensations

Whether you are an NFL football fan or not, pretty much everyone realizes when the NFL Super Bowl championship game is played. TV commercials and grocery store displays shout out this information in one...
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Simple Yoga to Reduce Anxiety in Kids

Are your looking to reduce anxiety in your child?  Yoga is by far one of the most accessible, effective and low-cost anxiety reducing techniques available. Did you know that 1 in 8 children are diagnosed...

Satisfy Your Sensational Sniffer – Scented Play Dough

All three of my boys have a hypersensitive sense of smell.  They can smell things long before I can, and I think I have a pretty good sniffer. I used to get asked on a...
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Sun Salutations for Vestibular Input

Swinging is known to have a calming effect on the nervous system. The rhythmical movements and repetitive pattern give steady, even input to the vestibular system. Swinging is soothing and calming. If there is someone...
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Pack a Lunch Loaded with Oral Sensory Input

As an Occupational Therapist, I am always teaching families unique ways to sneak in sensory activities throughout the day to keep their family at the desired state of regulation, especially an easy solution like...
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Ideas for Sensory Diets at Home

Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) are often at the mercy of their environment. Our goal as their parents, teachers and therapists is to provide sensory diets they need in order to stay well...