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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 […]

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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 […]

One of the most common pediatric concerns we encounter in Occupational Therapy is handwriting. Often, our kids with special needs have a lot of trouble learning even basic printing skills. Neatness, letter sizing, spacing, and writing speed are all common problem areas. Read on to learn how Occupational Therapy can help with handwriting and how […]

Fun Ways to Promote Advocacy


In the Fall, the cooler temperatures bring a large number of outdoor events to the Triangle area. Some of the most rewarding and memorable events are fundraisers for different charities and advocacy groups. Tis the season that many causes that are near and dear to our hearts host an event, such as a run or […]

Sensory Integration Tools for School Aged Children


If your sensory seeking child is having difficulty sitting still at school, you may want to try some of these tools. For children in kindergarten and above, their typical school day is structured with lots of time sitting still at their table or desk. This can be difficult for the sensory seeking child, as they […]

Back-to-School Tips for Unique Students and their Parents


Love it or hate it, back-to-school time is here again. All parents feel a little nervous when their child begins a new school year, and most kids do too. There are many unknowns in store during the first days and weeks of a new school year. For children who have special needs and their parents, […]

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