What is Bilateral Coordination and Why Is It Important for My Child - Bilateral coordination is the ability to coordinate each side of your body together in an organized and controlled manner. For instance, you stabilize paper with one hand as you're cutting or writing with the other. Good bilateral coordination/integration indicates both sides of your brain are effectively communicating and sharing information. Why is Bilateral Coordination Important? Kids with challenges coordinating both Continue Reading
Benefits of Kaleidograph - Kaleidograph is a game, toy and a puzzle.  Esentially, it's a geometry toy that is also a creative design tool for quilters, artists and just about anyone who enjoys creating colorful patterns. It's also great for children with special needs and helps build their visual perception skills. You can display the cards as artwork, use them as stencils to create drawing patterns Continue Reading
Techniques to Help with Proper Word Spacing - Does your child's school work come home with all of their letters smashed together forming one big run on word? Or, are their words and letters stretched out so far it's difficult to read? If you've answered yes to either of these questions, it's likely your child is having difficulty with proper spacing and needs some handwriting help. Word spacing problems Continue Reading
Everyday Objects for Hand and Grip Strengthening - Hand and grip strength is important and many individuals take it for granted. But, when your child's hands are too weak where their handwriting is affected or they can't perform simple everyday activities, hand strengthening exercises can help. There are therapeutic tools available specifically for hand strengthening like gel balls and therapy putty, but you can also use objects around your home Continue Reading
Play-Doh Activities and Their Benefits - Play-Doh activities are the perfect way to assist in the development of your child's fine motor skills. It also helps with bilateral coordination skills too. There are numerous benefits of having your child play with Play-Doh. Benefits of Play-Doh Activities 1. Provides a Good Sensory Experience Play-Doh offers a great sensory medium, helping kids struggling with sensory processing disorder. Sensory seeking kids Continue Reading
What is a Visual Processing Disorder and What are the Signs? - Visual processing disorder (VPD) is a condition that can cause problems with how your child's brain processes visual information. Your child might pass their vision test since their eyes are fine. But, the issue is actually the way their brain handles the visual information. Your child won't "outgrow" VPD, but there are things you can do to help them cope with the Continue Reading
Sleep Tips with Kids with Sensory Processing Needs - Sleep is an important activity that helps promote self-regulation. When you don't get a good night's sleep, it can leave you feeling disorganized, irritable, inattentive and a little more dysregulated the following day. Add on a sensory processing disorder, which is quite common in many kids and often affects sleep, and this can lead to sleep deprivation. Here are some sleep Continue Reading
Tricks to Help with Letter Reversal - It's not uncommon for preschoolers and kindergartners to reverse their letters. However, by the time they reach seven years old, they should not make more than just an occasional reversal. If their reversal of letters persists after receiving handwriting help, it could be a sign of a learning disability, like dyslexia, and you may need to request further testing. If Continue Reading
How to Create a Sensory Room in Your San Diego Home - If you've taken your child to any form of therapy outside your house, you've likely heard about sensory rooms. Sensory rooms are beneficial to kids with: Sensory processing disorder Autism ADHD Other conditions Sometimes due to busy schedules or issues with stimuli, attending sensory processing disorder therapy outside the house may be difficult. This is where creating a sensory room in your Continue Reading
What is Therapeutic Listening? - Therapeutic listening is an evidence-based type of therapy for people of any age, particularly for those with a sensory processing disorder. It's mostly targeted toward children, however. In this therapy, the patient listens to specialized music using headphones to help learn skills like: Sensory integration Attention Communication Social skills Navigating and perceiving space How People Experience Therapeutic Listening Everybody has their Continue Reading