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Tips for Engaging Your Child in Play


Tips for Engaging Your Child in Play Do you have a difficult time engaging your young child in play? So much of the time as adults we can find ourselves tying to get a child to engage in play they way we think it should be done. For example, a child bangs a spoon on […]

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Low Muscle Tone and Interventions Explained


Low Muscle Tone and Interventions Explained Low muscle tone, or hypotonia, refers to decreased tension in a muscle when it is at rest. You’re child might feel floppy or it may feel like you’re picking up a child who is sleeping even though they are awake. Children with low muscle tone may also tire more […]

Reflexes Infants Have And Why They Are Important


When you think of the word reflex you might be thinking of that time you went to a doctor and they used a small rubber hammer to tap on your knee. This is one reflex, but there are also many others! Here we’ll talk about a couple reflexes your infant may have and why they’re […]

Improving Grasping and Handwriting/Pre-Handwritng Skills at Home


Improving Grasping and Handwriting/Pre-Handwritng Skills at Home A pincer grasp is very important, it’s what we use to pick up small objects, tie our shoelaces, and feed ourselves finger food. A pincer grasp involves using the pad of your thumb and pad of your index finger to pick up objects. Children typically develop a pincer […]

Games to Play at Home to Increase Regulation for Sensory Seeking Toddlers


Do you have a sensory seeking toddler? Here are some games I play during therapy sessions as “sensory breaks” when needed or when transitioning between activities. I also instruct parents on how to play these games at home when their toddler needs a sensory break. 1.“1, 2, 3 crash!” This game is played with the […]

Transition Strategies: How to Help your Child Transition Between Tasks


Transitions can be tough for kids, especially kids with special needs. Here are a few tips and tricks to help make transitioning go more smoothly. Help your child know what’s coming: For younger kids I like to use “first, then” language. This helps them understand two-step directions. For example you might say to a child […]

Often after completing an Internet search for occupational therapy tools parents will ask me, what are those brushes for? Does my child need one? Those brushes are used for the Wilbarger Deep Pressure and Proprioceptive Technique (DPPT), formerly known as the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol. The program involves a series of brushing and joint compressions. Your […]

Tips for Parents and Caregivers If you have a child on the Autism Spectrum, ADHD, or similar special needs, you already know what a meltdown is like. Handling meltdowns is a major challenge for even the most seasoned parent. When I began to witness meltdowns in my third child, who was later diagnosed with autism, […]

If you are a parent of a child with special needs, especially if it includes sensory processing issues, then you already know that haircuts are a difficult experience for your child. Getting a haircut is a major sensory experience for a child. When a child has a reduced ability to regulate the sensory experience, the […]

Holidays can be a fun time spent with family, friends, and neighbors. When you have a child with special needs, it is possible to have a fun Halloween, but it often takes some extra planning and preparation. Children who have sensory processing issues, are on the Autism spectrum, or have other special needs can enjoy […]

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