Sensory Processing Disorder

Uncovering Sensory-Based Motor Disorders

October is National Sensory Awareness Month AND Physical Therapy Awareness Month.  It is a perfect time to introduce the very important connection between sensory and motor - sensory-based motor disorders.  Discover how physical therapy...

Summer Is Here! Ready to Potty?

Summer for many families means new routines and a new set of objectives to accomplish before the next school year begins.  One of these objectives may be what seems to be a most daunting...
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Enhance Your Sensory Diet with Simple Rocks

With summer behind us and Indian Summer at its height, my children and I have been enjoying quieter time at the beach, in our yard and on walks. Everywhere we go, there seems to be...

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...

Hurricane Preparedness – Sensory Style

"Whether the weather be good, or whether the weather be bad, we must remember sensory needs, if we are to remain regulated and glad." Hurricane season is in our midst and for many, this rhyming...
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Change the Way We Think About Transitions

We are all about the “getting ready” for our children with sensory processing needs. Our focus is often front-loaded. As therapists, while prepping for our sessions, we have ready what each child needs in...
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Incorporate Balance and Vestibular Activities into Lessons

Have you every considered incorporating balance and vestibular activities into your lesson plans?  The result of calm, regulated and eager learners will certainly inspire you to add more activities.  Give it a go and...

Pool Noodles: Sensory Fun Outside the Pool

It’s the time of year again when pool noodles are on sale in just about every store.  Stock up on these flexible foam devices and enjoy loads of sensory fun activities throughout the year! If...

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...

Does Your Therapy Office Put Kids in Sensory Overload?

It's important to be aware of a client's sensory needs no matter what clinical service you are providing, whether it's occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, or psychological therapy.  For anyone who sees children...