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Creating Rich Sensory Experiences
By Thaashida L. Hutton, M.S., CCC-SLPSome children, including those with autism, may have difficulty dealing with different sensations within their bodies and from the environment. This is known as sensory integration dysfunction. Different sensory experiences include sight, sound, smell, taste,...
Three Questions About Motor Planning!
Motor Planning: What is it?  Motor planning involves three main parts: An idea for a movement; A plan for how to make that movement; The execution of the movement.These three things happen unconsciously for most individuals. When we first learn a new motor skill, we watch our...
Belly Breathing For Energy
Breath is the key to increasing your energy and focus because it is the only way to bring oxygen into your body. Without enough oxygen, you become lethargic, tired and depressed. With increased oxygen levels, you increase your energy as well as your mood.  “Belly Breathing” is the...
Home Activities for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder
by Heather Miller-Kuhaneck, MS, OTR/L BCP All children can benefit from appropriate sensory experiences. There is much research available demonstrating the benefits of sensory rich environments for animals and the same appears to be true for humans. For children who have atypical reactions...
Calming Vestibular Activities
Some activities have components of more than one sensory input (bouncing for example has both a vestibular component and a proprioceptive component). Rock in rocking chair Scrub the floor (real or pretend) Run or jog Ride a bike Dance! Do yard work Stretch your body...
Do You Have A "Mouth-Stuffer"?
Oral Motor Play Play puppy dog by having your child bite on a frozen, wet wash rag as you try to tug it away from him as he clenches it Provide your child with a variety of “chew toys” that provide resistance in the mouth. Include sucking and blowing at meals with...
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)...
Tips To Promote Good Sleep
1.    Sleep Preparation (all in preparation of sleep later…)   15 minutes of sunshine each day. Heavy proprioceptive activities (push shopping cart, wear a backpack with some books in them; these activities produce serotonin, precursor to melatonin). Discuss...
Sensory Diet Strategies
Prepared by Christy E. Yee, OTR Definition of Sensory Diet: "The daily total of sensorimotor experiences needed by a person to adaptively interact with the environment.” -Hanschu-  Purpose of the Program: To assist child in self-regulation. Unusual behaviors may be a...

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