Sensory Diet

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The Sensory Benefits of Hippotherapy

In an archived interview with Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L, we learned insights about hippotherapy and its benefits. Hippotherapy uses the horse’s movement and associated sensory stimulation to promote neurophysiologic change. It is performed by a...

Handwriting and Music: The Strong Correlation

How many of us can remember the endless and tedious penmanship exercises we had to endure learning to write cursive? We sat for hours practicing our loops, swirls, circles, etc., sometimes being allowed to...
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Art Readiness for the Unwilling Child, Part 2

In Part 1 of Art Readiness for the Unwilling Child, perfectionism and fear were examined as prospective causes for a reluctance to create art.  Fine motor challenges and motor planning isms may also play...
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Scooter Boards: Vestibular & Proprioceptive Sensory Input

Kids love riding on scooter boards during gym class or recess.  In gym, kids play all sorts of fun games like scooter trains, scooter tag, scooter hockey and races.  Scooters offer excellent sensory input...

Play With Your Food for Sensory Motor Fun

"One of the concerns repeatedly raised by parents is their child’s lack of interest and willingness to engage in art activities, especially coloring, drawing and beginning writing activities. Often this is the parent of...
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6 Ways to Feed Your Sensory Diet with Apples

One of my favorite parts of fall is going apple picking with my family. It provides so much input for our son’s sensory diet – the proprioceptive work of climbing ladders to pick apples,...
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Gain Sensory Input During Family Time

No matter the motivation behind increasing physical activity, success will be had if you get the whole family moving together.  The more a family can build movement into their daily schedule, the more the...
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Art Readiness For The Unwilling Child, Part 1

For many people the act of “creating” is an intimidating thing.  Inventing something and sharing it for everyone to see invokes an intense fear and dread.  It is an invitation for judgement.  Every artist...

Enhance Speech Development with Therapeutic Horseback

When reviewing medical information, we always look to see if the child is verbal or not. If it says non, then the first question to the parents is, "Does your child make noises?" If...

4 Ways Art Impacts a Child’s Behavior

The process of creating art is a wondrous thing.  It offers a place to roam freely in a way that is intuitive with no boundaries while offering  concrete processes and outcomes.   Art has the...