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Using Water Tables for Kids with Sensory and Tactile Defensiveness

Using Water Tables for Kids with Sensory and Tactile Defensiveness Here’s a great tool for our tactile defensive kiddos! Water tables are essentially… tables with water. While the concept is somewhat self-explanatory, let’s talk about the benefits. Water sends a lot of sensory signals to the body, which can easily overwhelm a sensitive nervous system. …

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Kinesthesia vs. Proprioception: What’s The Difference?

Kinesthesia vs. Proprioception: What’s The Difference? The words kinesthesia and proprioception are often used interchangeably. While they are similar, they aren’t the same thing and we can’t simply replace one with the other. So, what’s the difference exactly? Kinesthesia Kinesthesia refers to the body’s awareness that it’s moving. Our brains say, “hey, all of the …

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Occupational Therapy vs Physical Therapy: What Does my Kid Need?

Occupational Therapy vs Physical Therapy: What Does my Kid Need? Occupational therapy vs physical therapy, an age-old question. When your child receives a diagnosis, the number of different medical services to consider can be overwhelming. Speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, ABA, visual therapy, on and on and on. Despite all of the medical words …

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5 Favorite Fidgets and Why They Work

5 Favorite Fidgets and Why They Work You’ve probably noticed the huge fidget spinner trend sweeping the nation. While they have definitely taken off in the special needs community, they’ve also grown in mainstream popularity. I personally love fidgets. I’m the type who pays attention best while doodling or tearing apart the sleeve of my …

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What is SPD? Sensory Processing Disorder, formerly Sensory Integration Disorder

What is SPD? Sensory Processing Disorder, formerly Sensory Integration Disorder Our nervous system is constantly organizing sensory input in the form of sights, smells, touches, and sounds. When functioning properly, our brains are subconsciously able to sort this information and prioritize it based on urgency.  If we’re hungry, the smell of pizza will pull our …

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Occupational Therapy: What is it? Services for Special Needs

Occupational Therapy: What is it? Services for Special Needs

Occupational Therapy: What is it? Services for Special Needs If your child has received services for their autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, or many other things, you are probably familiar with Occupational Therapy. Collaborating with physicians, physical therapists, behavioral therapists, teachers, and resource specialists, Occupational Therapists are one piece of the big puzzle that comes …

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3 Crucial Techniques for Emotional Regulation for Autism, Sensory Issues

3 Crucial Techniques for Emotional Regulation for Autism, Sensory Issues Identifying emotions is hard. There’s no reason to beat around the large, overgrown bush and deny otherwise. For anyone, regardless of an autism or SPD diagnosis, identifying emotions proves to be a challenge with a questionable end. How many times have we snapped at a …

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