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7 Tips for Crossing the Midline

Maybe you have heard the phrase “crossing the midline” from your child’s OT. Maybe it is a totally alien concept to you. What does it mean? If you were to draw an imaginary line down the center of your body, from head to toe, that would be the midline. Crossing the midline involves moving part of the body, such as …

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13 Fall Sensory Activities

Fall is here! The leaves change colors, the air gets cooler, those fall aromas fill the air. Bite into a crisp apple. Carve into a pumpkin and dig out the seeds. Feel the fallen leaves crunch under your feet. Smell and taste the cider and spice. This wonderful season brings many exciting sensory experiences. Click the link below to find fabulous …

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Heavily Decorated Classrooms Disrupt Attention and Learning In Young Children

Teachers spend lots of time and money decorating their classrooms. But could busier classroom decor contribute to poorer attention and learning in young children? A study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University suggests that this may be the case. However, there is no need for completely blank classroom walls. One of the study’s authors, Anna V. Fisher, said, “…instead of removing all …

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Wobble chairs, bouncy balls let students wiggle while they work

Have you heard of flexible seating? Kids in this classroom don’t sit in normal school chairs. They use wobble seats, stability balls, floor pillows, or lie on their stomachs on plush bath mats. The idea is that kids learn better when they are able to move. Though the effects of wobble seats in the classroom have yet to be investigated, …

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The 10 Best Benefits Of Sensory Swings

The 10 Best Benefits of Sensory Swings

Through the years, swings are one of the most popular play equipment for children. Swinging in the backyard, on the playground, or at the park gives a different level of excitement or relaxation for these young individuals. Actually, swings are very common in occupational therapy facilities because of its ability to address issues related to vestibular sensory system. This major …

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Teach Your Child How to Make Friends

While some children are still enjoying the summer heat and vacation, some schools have finally opened their gates for new and old students. There are children who are just so enthusiastic to wear their “student hats” again. Meeting old friends and making new relationships simply thrills them. However, there are some individuals who are relatively anxious to go to school …

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Therapeutic Apps For Children

Game apps are very popular for children. Most of them spend substantial time flicking their android devices, phones, tablets, or computers to pass time or simply have fun! Well, since “play” is very important in every child’s development, why not encourage them to indulge in virtual games that actually have therapeutic benefits? A conventional playroom setting and traditional toys are …

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What is a “Sensory diet”?

Do you want your child’s behavior to get into an “okay” state? Try a SENSORY DIET. A sensory diet is not related with food nor a special ingredient to add in your child’s meal. It is actually a unique, set of physical activities carefully designed to meet a child’s specific sensory needs in a particular time. Sensory diets, typically developed …

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Teaching Your Child About Personal Space

One of the most common social problems among children is establishing or maintaining the so-called “Personal Space” (others refer to as “space bubble”). It is defined as “the distance from another person at which one feels comfortable when talking to or being next to that other person” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). Sustaining a good personal space is a very important social skill …

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Pediatric Feeding: Is it Sensory, Oral Motor, or Both?

The motor and sensory aspects of eating comprise the functions and coordination of muscles in the mouth as wells as the perception of food taste, temperature, and texture. Some children can have problems with either areas or both making eating process extremely challenging for parents, caregivers, and families. Feeding disorders are very common for children with oral motor or sensory …

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