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Do Kids Need Cursive?

Students who take handwritten notes retain information longer and understand information better. Those who typed information performed lower on tests. Read More

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What is a feeding disorder?

It seems so obvious- if a child is hungry he will eat. For some children with a history of prematurutiy, medical complications, autism spectrum disorders or other development disorders, eating is a skill that does not develop as expected. Read More

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What's Wrong with the W Sit

The W position when sitting is a position that children may move in and out of when playing; however, when the W position is used frequently, children are limited their ability to strengthen their core and using rotation to cross midline. Also, children who frequently use the W position when sitting may develop orthopedic problems in the future. Read More

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What's Wrong with the W Sit

The W position when sitting is a position that children may move in and out of when playing; however, when the W position is used frequently, children are limited their ability to strengthen their core and using rotation to cross midline. Also, children who frequently use the W position when sitting may develop orthopedic problems in the future. Read More

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My kid won't wear his coat! Season changes can be hard.

Winter is right around the corner and many parents of children with sensory sensitives are beginning their seasonal struggle to dress their child for the cold weather. Many children with sensory difficulties experience sensory defensiveness, especially tactile defensiveness. This means kids feel more things than the average child. They can be quite over sensitive to touch. These individuals often do not like light or unexpected touch, yet may crave deep touch pressure and heavy muscle work (proprioception). Because of their sensitivity to light touch, clothing can be a problem. In children with sensory issues a preference for certain kinds of clothing can be particularly strong. The child may avoid wearing socks or underwear. They may wear the same shirt or outfit over and over until it is way past too small or is worn thin from washing. Seasonal clothing transitions from short pants to long pants and vice versa may be problematic. In cold months, keeping hats, mittens, coats and scarfs on the child may be a challenge. So what’s a parent to do? Read More

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Fall Sensory Ideas

Fall Sensory Ideas Some kids need sensory input to help them get used to touching and feeling things that are a little uncomfortable. These kids are sensory defensive. This is training their sensory systems to modulate these feelings so they can function better in more environments. Some kids need sensory input because they are sensory seeking. They need extra input to help calm and regulate their bodies. Read More

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Handwriting Can Be Fun!

Handwriting can be fun! Handwriting skills begin to develop at an early age, first looking at pre-writing skills such as drawing horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines. As children progress, they begin to utilize both visual-motor and fine motor skills to advance pre-writing and writing skills. Using a multi-sensory approach can keep things fun and help to more effectively integrate these new motor patterns. Read More

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Messy Play- It does a kid good!

Messy play is important for young children, giving them endless ways to develop and learn. All types of play are essential for children’s development and early learning. Play helps children to develop and improve their gross and fine motor skills, co-ordination and concentration. Also how to work cooperatively and collaboratively, use all their senses to discover and explore their environment, and develop their imagination, creative thinking and ability to problem solve and experiment with solutions. Read More

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Core for Kids?

Core strength refers to the deep postural muscles that support and hold one’s torso or trunk.  These muscles allow one to stay balanced and maintain an upright posture for extended periods of time.  We all use core muscles to sit still in one spot and to keep ourselves still and upright for handwriting and desk tasks.  Read More

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