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Calming Anxiety in Children

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For many, managing anxious kids could be quite challenging.  They seemingly demonstrate great signs of worry, nervousness, and discomfort. They just react excessively from any sensory stimuli they find irritating, painful, or intolerable. Hence, families, parents, and caregivers, including other individuals closely working or engaging with kids have to implement specific strategies to avoid any meltdowns or unpleasant behaviors. Health …

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PT (Physical Therapy), OT (Occupational Therapy), ST (Speech Therapy): What’s the difference?

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A lot of people are often mistaken by the definitions, descriptions, and/or nature of therapeutic interventions. In reality, PT, OT, and ST have specific concentrations and techniques that help individuals improve functions and optimize performance in the best way possible. There are some cases whereby one therapeutic approach is co-dependent with another. It is also common to have a stand alone …

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Top 10 Tips For Avoiding Sensory Overload During Thanksgiving

Best Tips to Avoid Sensory Overload During Thanksgiving

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Indeed, Thanksgiving is one of the most awaited special events every year! In general, kids are very excited and hyped up. Holiday celebration is fun, but it could be overwhelming too. For a child with sensory processing disorder, overstimulation of their senses (e.g. sights, sounds, smell, and even large crowd) could result to unwanted meltdowns. Still, we want to make …

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The Benefits of Floortime Therapy

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Floortime, a therapeutic strategy or alternative approach introduced by Dr. Greenspan, promotes active participation of parents to a special kind of child’s play. It does not only allow fun time for both parent (or therapist) and kid, but it also facilitates social interaction, problem solving, sensory regulation, and other related developmental benefits. Floortime promotes better relationships significant to learning process …

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W Sitting Truths From The Experts

Truths and Myths about W-Sitting

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A lot of kids just love to sit on their bottom, both knees bent, legs turned away from the body, and with thighs or knees spread apart or close to each other. This is known as “W-SITTING”. Most children find this position very comfortable especially while playing toys, watching tv, or doing random activities on the floor, hence they prefer …

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Pencil Grasp Basics – An Infographic

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Handwriting problems are among the most common reasons why school children are referred to occupational therapy. A kid’s poor writing skills, legibility, and speed concerns teachers and parents. Not only does it somewhat affect the child’s learning process, but it also impact the level of achievement, and self-esteem. Some parents share their frustrations about the struggles of their children in …

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Things To Never Say To A Child With SPD

10 Things To Never Say To A Person With Sensory Processing Disorder

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Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is characterized by overly disruptive behavior, frequent meltdown, and unpredictable tantrums. Individuals suffering from SPD demonstrate hyper sensitivity to a particular stimuli that triggers emotional dysregulation or fluctuating moods. Parents of children with SPD are often confronted by these explosive outbursts. Oftentimes, coping mechanisms are difficult to implement. Proper verbal response is very important. So when …

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Tips in motivating a child with ADHD (stress-free)

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Improving child’s motivation is a very important goal at home, in school, as well as in occupational therapy. Creating a very organized, yet predictable environment facilitates better performance and cooperation. In  this manner, children are more encouraged to actively engage or participate in given tasks. Parents, caregivers, or teachers do not have to worry about giving penalties or to feel …

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Ayres’ Sensory Integration Therapy

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Ayre’s Sensory Integration Therapy is a specialized strategy used in OT that addresses sensory integration and processing issues affecting one’s learning, emotions and behavior. This sensory integration (SI) approach is based on family-centered intervention plan, which allows more involvement or collaboration of the people working or dealing closely with the kid. Not only does it provide a safe, accessible environment, …

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Learning Hierarchy: The Role of Sensory Systems

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Academic learning and achievement are paramount to a child’s education. The sensory system plays an important role in promoting learning and overall development at home and in school. Parents and educators are encouraged to employ strategies and activities that integrate the senses to maximize learning and obtain better academic performance. Below is an informative article that explains the learning hierarchy …

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