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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

One of the many stressors parents of children with special-needs experience is taking their child into public places. Often, an outing is anything but easy just due to the nature of their child’s abilities, disabilities, temperament, and other factors. But the very worst part for many parents (myself included) is the unsupportive and sometimes judgmental […]

Have you been told by your child’s therapist that they are working on his sense of proprioception? Sometimes this term is thrown around by therapists and many parents aren’t sure what it means. A simple explanation of the sense of proprioception is the body’s ability to sense itself and where it is in space. This […]

Sensory integration tools to make at home using balloons, rice, and socks for under $10!


-Balloon fidget This is a great tool to make at home for your school aged child who wants something to fidget with their hands at their desk. It can increase attention in the classroom and it’s not noisy so it won’t disturb other students. Have your child help make it by picking out the balloon. […]

What is Sensory Processing Disorder and How Can O.T. Help?


Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is an under-diagnosed disorder that prevents the brain from properly translating sensory input into normal, meaningful experiences. You are no doubt familiar with your senses – smell, taste, sight, hearing, and touch. For a child with SPD, sensory input can seem excessive or insufficient when others perceive it to be moderate. […]

5 Parent Tips for Success in OT by Jeanne Moore


When you have a child who receives the help of an Occupational Therapist, there are some things you can do to ensure your child’s success. Success is when your child makes progress towards the goals outlined in your therapy program. When a child has a parent who helps with the process, the child has a […]

Five Awesome Things about Playground Therapy -by Jeanne Moore


Most of us know that children learn best through play. But what if your child has a physical or intellectual disability, which hinders their ability to play actively on a playground? This is a disadvantage for some that can be greatly helped by consistent occupational therapy. Most OT offices have an indoor playground structure, but […]

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