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Using the Benefits of Yoga with Children
by Megan-Lynette Richmond, M.S., CCC-SLP and Tara Calder, OTR/L**Before beginning a yoga program, or any program involving physical activity, consult your child’s physician.Children with developmental, genetic, or neurological disorders all have unique therapeutic needs. While there is no...
Using a “Sensory Diet” with Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
by Amber Swearingen, MOT, OTR/LWhat is a Sensory Diet?A sensory diet is a carefully designed, personalized daily schedule of sensory enriched activities, equipment, and strategies to help a person to stay focused and organized throughout the day. Children with a Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)...
Calming Sensory Space
Goal: To help your child create a sensory safe and calm space where he or she can retreat from stimulation, frustration, or simply have a “quiet time” alone. Can be used year round by changing the theme/getaway or by simply not using a theme.Spaces: Small corner of a room or closet...
Sensory Integration: Tips to Consider
Sensory processing is the “procedure in which we take in sensory messages from our bodies and surroundings. Then we interpret these messages and  organize our purposeful responses. This occurs when information about sensations is passed back and forth between the central nervous system...
Individualizing Sensory Strategies
Because each person is a sensory being whose experience of the world will be unique to him or her, there is no single plan of intervention that will fit everyone with SPD. It’s important to note that what is a wonderful idea for the child with one type of SPD may be the complete opposite of...
GAK!
Here’s a great recipe for therapy GAK (or ‘goo’ - my daughter’s term).   As with every strategy we discuss, if you have any concerns about your own child’s participation with this manipulative, please check with your Occupational Therapist first. GAK...
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