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  • OT-based Strategies for Promoting Distance Learning Success
    School has begun for many, and it has taken on many different forms. We are very much thinking of all …
  • Caregiver Relaxation Strategy: Deep Breathing
    The purpose of this article is to provide and explain a relaxation strategy, in order to lower our stress and increase our relaxation.
  • “Harry Potter” – Themed Developmental Activities
    In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, more families are staying in to watch movies together, such as the Harry Potter film series. (Thankfully, many are reading the books, too!). We used J. K. Rowling’s timeless series as inspiration for movement and to promote developmental skills and imaginary play.
  • COVID-19 and How It May Impact Our Sensory Systems
    Insight on how COVID-19 may impact our children’s sensory systems and helpful strategies addressing specific sensory systems.
  • Going on a road trip this winter break?
    If your family is like my family, this is the time of the year we like to be spontaneous, get …
  • Tactile Defensiveness: Some People Are More Sensitive
    In addition to the important role of our touch (or tactile) system previously discussed under tactile perception, another critical aspect …
  • Explore The Sense Of Touch
    The sense of touch begins to develop very early during pregnancy and becomes quite active long before a baby is born. Like the other senses, it usually goes about doing its job without us noticing very much. Yet, it is very important for allowing us to perform many skills and feel comfortable and at ease in many situations.
  • Visual Perception – What Do We See Through The Mind’s Eye?
    Visual perception is one of the most familiar and commonly understood. Visual perception refers to the meaning that our brains give to the information that we see.
  • Discover Proprioception: A “Hidden” Sense
    Most children learn that we have five senses: sight, sound, taste, touch and smell. However, there are other very important senses not included on this list. Awareness of our body position or “proprioception” is one of these. Because we do not usually teach children about this sense or think about how much we all use it, most people are not aware of it.
  • The Vestibular System: Why Is It So Critical?
    Of all the sensory systems that we talk about in sensory integration theory and treatment, the one that may be the most basic, yet the hardest to understand is the vestibular sense. This sensory system develops just a few weeks after conception and plays a very important role in a child‘s early development. It was also probably one of the most important senses for our evolutionary ancestors. However, the vestibular sense is not familiar to many people.
  • How Sensory Processing Disorders May Affect Kids
    Many are already familiar with the five senses: Taste, Sight, Touch, Smell, and Sound Did you know there are two more senses? These two additional senses refer to body awareness (proprioception), and balance/spatial orientation (vestibular sense).
  • What is Sensory Processing Disorder?
    Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) describes the condition where sensory integration is not adequately processed in order to provide appropriate responses to the demands of the environment.
  • A Week of Sensory and Motor Development Activity Ideas
    It’s never easy to come up with fresh new fun ideas for occupational therapy activities. We don’t want to use the same activities over and over because it eventually gets boring for us and the kids.
  • Pyramid of Learning
    The Pyramid of Learning is an illustration that depicts a general idea of our children’s foundational skills, and what other skills build upon those. This information is useful because it helps breakdown skill sets into underlying characteristics and helps prioritize what to address.
  • Classroom Sensory Strategies for Proprioception Input
    Proprioception refers to compression (weight-bearing or pushing, etc.) and traction which stimulates proprioceptive nerves in the joints where muscles attach. This gives the body very important sensory feedback and internal awareness of our body parts to allow us to perform tasks with coordination.
  • Occupational Therapy Requirements per State
    Regulations are used to protect consumers in a state or jurisdiction. These regulations protect from unqualified, unscrupulous, or unethical OT practitioners.
  • Occupational Therapy and Work Settings
    An occupational therapist (OT) is one who assists a multitude of different people in finding independence or “normalcy” in their everyday lives. The types of services occupational therapists offer include evaluations with the client and family to determine what goals would like to be met, creating an intervention and plan for helping the patient reach these goals, and ensure the goals are being worked towards and met long term. Occupational therapists not only assist their patients firsthand but also monitor them long-term to ensure that success is being met.
  • Fine Motor Control in Children
    Fine motor skills are important to a child’s development. Not having these skills can interfere with school and home activities. It is important to understand the difference between fine motor skills and gross motor skills. Fine motor skills are those skills that require smaller, more delicate movement; usually using the smaller motion with an emphasis on the coordination of those movements.
  • Ideas for Developing Fine Motor Skills
    Below are a few activities you might find helpful to promote functional grasp patterns: Squirt bottles can be used to …
  • Pencil Grasp Patterns
    Pencil skills, and particularly handwriting, is a more complex skill than we often realize. A child’s ability to color within the lines, trace over a shape and draw simple pictures forms the building blocks for writing letters and words.
  • Strategies to Improve Feeding at Home
    Perspectives on sensory, texture, and environmental control factors: tips for picky eaters, feeding problems, and expanding your child’s diet.
  • What is Occupational Therapy?
    Occupational Therapy, often abbreviated as “OT”, is an applied science and health profession that provides skilled treatment to help individuals achieve and maintain independence in all facets of their lives. OT gives people the “skills for the job of living” necessary for independent and satisfying lives.
  • How To Obtain Your Occupational Therapy Degree
    Occupational therapy is a profession that deals with health and rehabilitation. These therapists work with a wide range of different …
  • What is W Sitting?
    W Sitting Position is a sitting position where the child will sit on the bottom with both knees bent and feet positioned outside of their hips. If viewed from above, you will notice the legs and body look like the letter W.
  • Signs of Sensory-Motor Difficulties In Preschoolers
    Kids may demonstrate some behaviors without cause of concern. They may be suggestive of difficulty with sensory integration when they occur in meaningful clusters and interfere with daily activities and learning.