As adults, we don’t talk back to our boss when we disagree and we refrain from honking the horn when someone cuts us off on the road because we have control over our behaviors. We look at problems from different angles or attempt different strategies until we are successful because we can think flexibly. Adults can recall an address and simple driving directions for a period of time without writing them down thanks to our developed working memory. We are successful adults today not because we were born with executive function skills, but because we developed these skills through our experiences through childhood and adolescence. With each experience we learned what made us successful, what strategies worked for us, and built our “library of executive function”. We have both the books with the experiences and the catalogue system by which to locate the right book for the moment. By the time we had our first jobs, we had a decent sized library to pull information from but we continued to learn from our experiences and still are today.
Although all children are born with the capacity to develop these skills there are some children that require additional support. A child that has attention difficulties may miss cues that can help them assess (more…)
If you are a parent of a child that has difficulty processing sensory input, you may know all too well what a meltdown can look like and how difficult it can be to manage. Sensory meltdowns do not respond effectively to behavioral approaches. As parents, handling these meltdowns behaviorally may be the only strategy we know. If kids are having a sensory meltdown, they are likely not in control of their actions or words. (more…)
Holidays are fun, joyful times with family and friends! AND they are overwhelming, over-stimulating, and exhausting for nearly all of us. Imagine being a sensory kid who is overwhelmed by stimulation on a daily basis, or a sensory kid who needs more, more, more….more movement, more touch, more everything! Holiday gatherings can prove to be very challenging for any type of sensory kid.
Before you head off to ten different family gatherings, make a plan to help your child be successful and ease your stress. First, consider (more…)
Below is a great list of toys and games that would be appropriate for your child based on their therapeutic needs. If you would like to read more on what makes a “perfect gift”, click here “Perfect” Gifts. (more…)
Thanksgiving is a time when we think of gathering with family and friends, enjoying time together and sharing meals. It can be difficult for parents and kids when the food served is not the standard foods that they are used to. This becomes significantly harder when you have a picky eater who avoids any new or non-preferred food. Here are some tips to help ease your holiday meals (more…)
October is Sensory Awareness month. As a way to raise awareness about sensory processing difficulties, we asked one of our wonderful families to answer some questions about their journey with their son, Will. We would like to thank the Jennings family for taking the time to help others understand sensory processing difficulties by sharing their story (more…)
October is Sensory Awareness Month and we’d like to take the opportunity to answer the question…What is Sensory Processing?
We learn about our bodies and the world around us through the use of our senses. Everything we do requires the use of our seven sensory systems: tactile (touch), olfactory (smell), gustatory (taste), auditory (sound), visual (sight), vestibular (movement & balance), and proprioceptive (body awareness & movement). Sensory processing is the ability of the nervous system to perceive sensory information, process it, and produce a response based on how the information is interpreted. This occurs in every body every moment of the day. The body is constantly bombarded with an array of sensory information. To participate effectively in daily life activities, we need our sensory systems to be integrated and “working together” to give us information about our body, how to use our body, how to interact with others, and how to interact with the world around us. The ability to efficiently process sensory information impacts all of our daily life activities. (more…)
Below you will find an abbreviated Sensory Processing Signs and Symptoms Checklist that can help you determine if your child would benefit from an Occupational Therapy evaluation.
Signs that your child may not be efficiently processing visual information:
□ Sensitive to light (squints, blinks, covers eyes)
□ Poor reading, writing, and math skills
□ Poor eye contact
□ Poor handwriting (more…)