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Proprioceptive Input Activity Suggestions for Small Spaces at School and Home

Students can benefit from proprioceptive input and heavy work activities to help get the body in a ready to learn state. Get a FREE handout!

Students can benefit from proprioceptive input and heavy work activities to help get the body in a ready to learn state. Proprioception is the ability of your muscles and joints to determine where they are in space. The proprioceptive nerve endings in the body provide us with the information of where our hands, arms, and […]

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What is proprioception?

What is proprioception? Proprioception is the ability of your muscles and joints to determine where they are in space.

What is proprioception?  Proprioception is the ability of your muscles and joints to determine where they are in space. The proprioceptive nerve endings in the body provide us with the information of where our hands, arms, and legs are in space without having to look at them. The specialized proprioception receptors in the body tell […]

Proprioceptive Activities for the Classroom

As pediatric therapists, we all know how beneficial proprioceptive activities are for children.  These heavy work exercises help provide students with sensory information about body awareness and positions.  They help to calm and regulate a student.  Proprioceptive activities can also help to wake up the muscles getting our bodies in an alert state to be […]

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What Role Does the Sensory System Play in Handwriting?

The sensory motor system plays a vital role in the ability to produce functional handwriting. Yes, handwriting obviously requires motor movements – fine motor skills to hold the writing utensil, wrist and shoulder movements to move the arm across the page and postural movements to hold the body upright.  From the surface it may appear […]

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Gum Chewing and Headaches

Gum chewing is occasionally recommended for children as part of a sensory diet therefore I thought this research regarding gum chewing and headaches was important to mention.  Pediatric Neurology will be publishing research on 30 patients between 6-19 years old who had chronic or migraine headaches and chewed gum daily.  The medical doctor, Dr. Watemburg, […]

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Must See New Therapy Toy – Squigz

Occasionally, a new toy comes along that really excites me as a pediatric physical therapist.  I received an email from Fat Brain toys recently about their new product Squigz.  I ordered it right away.  This is a great toy to add to your therapy tool box.  It is basically a bunch of two or three […]

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Toothpick Pincer Grasp Activity

Here is a super simple and super economical activity to encourage the pincer grasp.  Recycle and clean a Styrofoam tray.  Draw some simple shapes, letters, numbers or just let the child make a free form sculpture.  Put the toothpicks next to the tray in a container.  Poke the toothpicks into the tray around the shapes […]

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Proprioception and Autism Spectrum Disorders

The American Journal of Occupational Therapy published research on proprioceptive processing difficulties among children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and developmental disabilities. A total of 86 children (32 with ASD, 26 children with development disabilities but not ASD and 28 neurotypical children) were scored on the Comprehensive Observations of Proprioception (COP). The COP observes 18 […]

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Autism, Motor Skills and Vision

Recently, there have been more studies on autism and motor skill development. Many children with autism exhibit delays in motor skill acquisition. Some research has shown deficits in the following areas: 1. dynamic balance and diadochokinesis (rapid pronation/supination of forearms)2. fine motor skills with regards to timed movements3. increased variability to perform simple movements4. performing […]