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
5 Benefits of Taking Your Child to a Sensory Gym- If you have a child with a sensory processing disorder (SPD), there are many challenges you face that other parents don't. Children with SPD who is over-sensitive often aren't accommodated with everyday settings. They may find stimuli overwhelming such as: Physical touch Light Noise Food For under-sensitive children, they may crave too much stimulation it's difficult to meet their needs. This Continue Reading
Understanding Developmental Delays in Children- As children grow and develop, they learn different skills like smiling for the first time, taking their first step or waving goodbye. These skills are referred to as developmental milestones. Children don't have a strict timetable on when they'll develop these skills. For instance, some babies may start to walk as early as nine months, while others might not take their Continue Reading
The Benefits of Therapeutic Putty- Therapeutic putty is a pediatric occupational therapist approved tool and provides an effective and simple resistance-based training that helps children develop strong grips. Just by forming and shaping the non-toxic, non-flammable putty, your child will be engaging their hands in an easy and safe exercise that will deliver good results. Occupational therapists have been favoring therapeutic for years. Kids enjoy working with Continue Reading
5 Tips to Help Kids Learn to Hold Their Pencil Correctly- One essential skill necessary for preschoolers is holding a pencil correctly when handwriting. A lot of children enter first grade and still hold their pencils in their fists. This is fine for toddlers just learning to color, but preschoolers and kindergartners that don't have fine motor skills delays should know hold to hold their pencil correctly — using their pointer finger and Continue Reading
What is Stimming?- The word "stimming" refers to self-stimulatory behavior. Some people call it "stereotypic" behavior. In people with autism, stimming typically refers to certain behaviors like: Twirling your hair around your fingers Biting your fingernails Jiggling your foot Drumming your fingers Tapping your pencil Whistling Cracking your joints or knuckles Autistic children (and adults) may: Rock back and forth Flick or snap their fingers Flap Continue Reading
Benefits of Music for Children with Developmental Delays- Music offers a lot of benefits for children with special needs. According to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy is effective in numerous areas like: Facilitating movement Providing overall physical rehabilitation Providing emotional support Increasing motivation to engage in treatment Providing an outlet to express feelings Below are some benefits of music therapy for children with sensory processing or other developmental delays. Enhances Continue Reading