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 […]
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 […]
Does your child have a very restricted range of foods they eat? Do they tend to cry or “fall apart” when presented with new foods? Do they refuse entire categories or textures of food? Do their feeding problems cause dysfunction in your everyday life? If yes, your child may benefit from some of the feeding […]
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 […]
Karen is celebrating 4 yrs as part of The Therapy SPOT team. Way to go, Karen!
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 […]
Our team of expert speech, physical and occupational therapists are dedicated and passionate. Congratulations to Kathy for 2 years as part of The Therapy SPOT team! So many patients have benefited from your knowledge!
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 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 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 […]