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Ayres Sensory Integration for Children with Autism

Ayres Sensory Integration for children with autism

Autism Research published a review to evaluate the effectiveness of Ayres Sensory Integration for children with autism.  Using the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards for Evidence-based Practices in Special Education, a systemic review was conducted from 2006 to 2017 on Ayres Sensory Integration for children with autism. Methodology of the Review on Ayres Sensory Integration for Children […]

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Sensory Versus Behavior Checklist

If you are a school-based Occupational Therapist, teacher, or a parent of a child with sensory processing difficulties, then you often ponder the question when a child "misbehaves" was it due to sensory concerns or behavior. This FREE sensory versus behavior checklist can act as a guide when you observe a child's behavior

If you are a school-based Occupational Therapist, teacher, or a parent of a child with sensory processing difficulties, then you often ponder the question when a child “misbehaves” was it due to sensory concerns or behavior.  This FREE sensory versus behavior checklist can act as a guide when you observe a child’s behavior (download at […]

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How to Prevent Sensory Overload at School

At the start of the school year or anytime after a school break, students may have a difficult time adjusting to changes at school.  One of the most effective ways to prevent sensory meltdowns is to prevent them from occurring in the first place.  Here are some suggestions on how to prevent sensory overload at school. 

At the start of the school year or anytime after a school break, students may have a difficult time adjusting to a new routine, any changes in the classroom environment or even different students.  One of the most effective ways to avoid sensory meltdowns is to prevent them from occurring in the first place.  Here […]

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Sensory Processing Disorder, Daily Functioning, and ADHD

Sensory Processing Disorder, Daily Functioning, and ADHD

Sensory Processing Disorder, Daily Functioning, and ADHD The European Journal of Paediatric Neurology published research on sensory processing disorder, daily functioning, and ADHD.  The study included 77 children, ages 8-11 years old (37 with ADHD and 39 typical controls).  Each child was evaluated using the Conner’s Parent Rating Scale-Revised: Short Form (CPRS–R:S), the Short Sensory Profile […]

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Author Spotlight: Ileana S. McCaigue OTR/L

Ileana S. McCaigue, OTR/L is a nationally certified/ registered and licensed Occupational Therapist, author, program developer, holistic clinician and educator with 40 years of experience. Her professional career and expertise include a continuum of care. These range from the neonatal intensive care unit to pediatric concerns in the home, school and community for developmental delays, […]

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New Book on Idiopathic Toe Walking

Renowned Occupational Therapist, Ileana S. McCaigue, OTR/L  and author of Typical Classroom Sensory-Based Problem Behaviors & Suggested Therapeutic Interventions and Autism Sleeps™, has written a new book entitled Taming Idiopathic Toe Walking: A Treatment Guide for Parents and Therapists.  This new book provides a non-invasive, efficient and effective sensory treatment strategy for children and adolescents that display atypical toe […]

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How Do You Talk to Parents about Sensory Sensitivities?

After reading a thought provoking blog post from Christopher Alterio,OTR, on Deconstructing the myth of clothing sensitivity as a ‘sensory processing disorder’, it really made me think about how we talk to parents as pediatric therapists.  Not just about clothing sensitivity or other sensory sensitivities but about any concern that a parent comes to discuss with […]

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Calm Down Cards

Here is the newest download from Your Therapy Source – Calm Down Cards.  This is a wonderful collection of photographs with calming phrases to help children to calm down.  You can download a free poster – Just Breathe. This set of Calm Down Cards includes 30 full size photographs with calming phrases (11″ by 8.5″ […]

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Dried Bean Stress Balls

Here is a new twist on a do it yourself stress ball – dried bean stress balls.  You might be wondering what make these any different than others?  Well until you make one and feel it you will not understand.  These dried garbanzo bean stress balls feel more like a deep massage in the hands. […]

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June 2016 Issue of the Your Therapy Source Magazine

The June issue of the Your Therapy Source digital magazine is now available for free as usual. This month’s issue includes articles on yoga and self regulation, in class sensory strategies, video prompting for ADLs, developmental progression of playground skills and more! Happy reading!