Preventing & Overcoming Learned Helplessness

Preventing & Overcoming Learned Helplessness

Imagine this – Everyday while getting ready for school your child tries to zip up their jacket and is unsuccessful, so each day they turn to you and rely on you to zip it up.  After this occurs many, many times the child begins to believe that they are not capable of zipping up their […]

Interoception: The 8th Sensory System Explained

Interoception: The 8th Sensory System Explained

Sit back and relax. What do you feel inside your body? Are your muscles tense or relaxed? Are you thirsty? Is your heart beating fast or slow? Do you need to use the bathroom? To answer these question, you must use your interoception system. This system helps you feel or sense the inside of your […]

Promoting Language Through Play

Promoting Language Through Play

Promoting Language Development Through Play Research suggest that young children learn best through play (Vygotsky, 1933).  Therefore, it is important to engage and interact with your child during these play activities.  Following your child’s lead can help to increase engagement.  Below are simple techniques that can be used to promote early language development. Imitation: With […]

Activity Idea: Fine Motor Skills

Activity Idea: Fine Motor Skills

Finger Twister Activity Skills Addressed: finger dexterity and finger isolation Materials & Set-Up: Materials to make: twister board and spinner template, glue, cardboard or cereal box, scissors Materials to play: twister board, a coin, and your fingers!   1. Print: Twister Board and Spinner Template 2. Cut out and glue twister board to piece of cardboard […]

Building Blocks to Visual Perception

Building Blocks to Visual Perception

BUILDING BLOCKS TO VISUAL PERCEPTION Occupational therapists can address difficulties with visual perception and the development of key building blocks to improve on visual perceptual skills WHAT IS VISUAL PERCEPTION? The ability to recognize, recall, discriminate, and make sense of what we see in our surrounding environment. WHY IS VISUAL PERCEPTION IMPORTANT? Good visual perceptual […]

Social Stories

Social Stories

SOCIAL STORIES What are social stories and how can they help your child? Social Stories are a social learning tool that supports the safe and meaningful exchange of information between parents, professionals, and people with autism of all ages (Gray, 2018). Carol Gray, founder of Social Stories, states that there is only one definition for […]

Sensory Meltdowns

Sensory Meltdowns

SENSORY MELTDOWNS A sensory meltdown is a fight or flight response to sensory overload. It can often be mistaken for a tantrum or behavior problem. Children with sensory processing challenges can be compared to this cup example. Our sensory kids’ cups are typically occupied by some level of sensory challenge throughout the day. They experience […]

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