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  • Lindsey wood
    Do we even need to buy babies toys their first year of life? They seem to be so fascinated by things they find around the house– pots and pans, large spoons, plastic water bottles, and empty boxes.  These 10 toys will give you the best bang for your buck as they help babies develop the sensory and motor skills they’re expected to gain that first year and can keep that baby engaged and be used
  • Lindsey wood
    How are your mealtimes, do they go smoothly or are they difficult? How many of you have a picky eater? Does your child eat a variety of foods that the family eats, or must you make separate meals for them? Do you eat together as a family or feed your child first? We must remember to consider the sensory system and how it can be impacting eating and mealtime for your children. Mealtime is a
  • Lindsey wood
    Surviving Social Distancing with a Very Active Child Is your child always on the go? Constantly wanting to move, be outside, play at the park, and socialize with friends? Active children and quarantine don’t mix well together. Here are some activities to keep your sanity and promote regulation while remaining socially distant at home. They can be done inside or in your backyard! Calming activities:MassageDeep pressure (e.g. squish under pillows/cushions, roll up like a burrito
  • Lindsey wood
    Games and Toys for Fine & Visual Motor Skills   Melissa & Doug Magnetic Wooden PuzzleGo fishing and bug catching with these fun puzzles that practice visual perception and eye-hand coordination. Mr. Mouth the Feeding Frog GameA fun game for kids to play while not even realizing they’re strengthening their fine motor skills. Mr. Frog spins around while kids try to shoot flies in his mouth. Practice using only the index finger to catapult the
  • Lindsey wood
    Children with ADHD may have a hard time paying attention, sitting still, organizing their tasks and materials, managing time and prioritizing work, and managing their emotions. Distance learning may be exacerbating these difficulties. Here are 5 tips for helping your child with ADHD participate in distance learning.  1. Set up Flexible Seating Options Allow flexibility in their learning environment at home. Provide different seating options such as a move ‘n’ sit cushion, standing desk, t-stool/wobble
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    Lindsey wood
    Happy Sensory Processing Awareness Month! Sensory processing is a very complex topic (and one of my favorites!). The brain receives input from the different senses and turns this input into a motor or behavioral response. For those with sensory processing differences, the information goes into the brain, but doesn’t get organized appropriately. Think of the brain like a file cabinet. Sensory input comes in as what we see, hear, touch, taste, smell, and when we
  • Lindsey wood
    Back to school 2020 may look a lot different this year for some of us. If you’re a parent putting on the additional hat of “teacher” this year, I’ve got some tips for setting up your homeschool environment for success! Setting a routine, especially during times of uncertainty like now, is so important to help kids stay regulated and get through their daily tasks! A visual schedule or a to-do list allows a child to
  • Lindsey wood
    What is Emotional Regulation? Emotional regulation is the ability to effectively manage and respond to an emotional experience. Why is Emotional Regulation Important? Emotional regulation helps kids Process difficult experiences and feelings without getting “out of control” Label emotions and identify their feelings Build self-awareness of feelings and responses to situations Recognize if an emotional response is appropriate or not to a given situation Gain efficient coping and self-regulation strategiesParticipate in daily activities including school,
  • Lindsey wood
    Everyone fidgets– you may bite your nails, play with your hair, doodle on your paper, or bounce your leg. “Fidgets” have become a common craze today in the world of our kids, but there is actually science behind why fidget tools help some kids focus. Some children’s brains are seeking more input to stay at the “just right” arousal level. For example, a child who is “seeking” sensory input may be constantly moving, wiggling, touching
  • Lindsey wood
    Simple Activities To Support Development Using Household Items Has this quarantine exhausted all of your efforts to entertain your toddler or school-aged child? Looks like we may be quarantined for a bit longer, so here are some ways to develop fine motor, gross motor, and sensory processing skills and help your little ones stay regulated using common household items. No need to venture out to the store as you probably have most of these items

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