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Teletherapy 101: What You Need to Know About This New Revolution in Healthcare

Teletherapy 101: What You Need to Know About This New Revolution in Healthcare By Brittany Ferri OT, telehealth professional and author of Why is there a person in my computer?  Technology has undoubtedly improved many aspects of our lives, from state-of-the-art surgeries that drastically lower patient recovery time to devices that make our daily activities …

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8 Amazing Benefits of Sensory Play

8 Amazing Benefits of Sensory Play Babies, toddlers, kids, teens, and even adults all need sensory play. Our world is made up of so many sensory experiences and using play to engage with them has a lot of benefits. Sensory play focuses on using the senses–touch, smell, hearing, taste, sight, vestibular, and proprioception–in games and …

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Tactile Defensiveness : 5 Effective Ways to Tackle Tactile Sensitivity

Tactile Defensiveness: 5 Effective Ways to Tackle Tactile Sensitivity We all know that tactile defensiveness impacts everything. Every day.  Tactile defensiveness is when someone has a negative reaction to being touched by another person, object, or anything that could contact their skin. This makes them “defensive” against anything touching them. You’re running late for school, …

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The Battelle Developmental Inventory: What is This Pediatric Assessment?

The Battelle Developmental Inventory: What is This Pediatric Assessment? There are a lot of great pediatric assessments to choose from, which can be overwhelming. Given how comprehensive it is, the Battelle Developmental Inventory is a great pediatric assessment that should be in every professional or occupational therapist’s toolkit.  The Battelle Developmental Inventory measures the developmental …

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The Best Mindfulness Apps for Kids

The Best Mindfulness Apps for Kids Life is stressful these days, especially for our kids. Everything is pulling their attention and “mindfulness” seems impossible. How do we take them away from their technology in order to do mindfulness work? No thank you. Maybe apps and technology can actually help. There are some amazing mindfulness apps …

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Oppositional Defiant Disorder vs. Conduct Disorder: DSM 5 Definition and Confusion

Oppositional Defiant Disorder vs. Conduct Disorder: DSM 5 Definition and Confusion There is a lot of confusion around oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder. How are they similar? How are they different? Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is characterized by being defiant, vindictive, and otherwise unpleasant to others. ODD can progress to conduct disorder when someone …

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Neurotypical: What Does it Mean? How is it Different from Autism?

Neurotypical: What Does it Mean? How is it Different from Autism? You’ve probably heard the term “neurotypical” in the context of autism. Neurotypical is defined as not having characteristics of autism or any atypical thought patterns. “Neuro” refers to the brain, while “typical” refers to what the medical community has determined is most prevalent in …

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Best Water Table for Kids with Sensory and Tactile Defensiveness

Best Water Table 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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