10 Essential Elements of an Effective Sensory Integration Session

10 essential elements of a sensory integration session

10 Essential Elements of an Effective Sensory Integration Session There are many factors that are part of an effective sensory integration session.  To start off with you need a qualified, experienced pediatric occupational or physical therapist to provide a comprehensive evaluation.  The physical environment should be set up with the proper equipment if needed.  Communication […]

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Sensory Integration Therapy and Occupational Performance in Children with Autism

Sensory Integration Therapy and Occupational Performance in Children with Autism

Sensory Integration Therapy and Occupational Performance in Children with Autism OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health published research investigating sensory integration therapy and occupational performance in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).   Thirty-one, 3-8 year old children, with ASD participated in the study with 16 receiving sensory integration therapy and 15 placed in a control group.  Each child […]

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Sensory Processing and Pretend Play

Sensory Processing and Pretend Play

Sensory Processing and Pretend Play The American Journal of Occupational Therapy published research on sensory processing and pretend play in 42 typically developing children ages 5-7 years old.  Each child was assessed with the Child Initiated Pretend Play Assessment and the Home and Main Classroom forms of the Sensory Processing Measure (SPM). The results of the […]

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10 Ideas for Oral Sensory Seekers in the Classroom

10 Ideas for Oral Sensory Seekers in the Classroom

10 Ideas for Oral Sensory Seekers in the Classroom Do you see students chewing the tops off of pencils, mouthing their fingers, chewing their t-shirt or making excessive mouth noises?  Maybe these oral habits increase during stressful times in the classroom.  Some children seek oral input to help with self regulation and attention span.  Providing […]

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Finger Fidget or Finger Warm Up Exercises

Finger Fidget

Finger Fidget or Finger Warm Up Exercises Here is a super simple and super cheap do-it-yourself project to make finger fidgets.  These bead finger fidgets can be used to occupy busy hands for wiggly students or to warm up the fingers before fine motor or handwriting activities.  Obviously, do not use these with young children […]

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Developmental Coordination Disorder and Sensory Processing

Developmental Coordination Disorder and Sensory Processing

The British Journal of Occupational Therapy published research on children with developmental coordination disorder and sensory difficulties to examine the co-occurrence of developmental coordination disorders and sensory processing and integration difficulties. Data was collected by reviewing the records of 93 children who were diagnosed with developmental coordination disorder (ages 5-12) and who were evaluated with […]

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Sensory Profiles of Children in the General Population

Child: Care,Health and Development published research on sensory profiles of children in the general population.  The cross-sectional study used a large sample of 3-14 year old children (n = 1132) gathered from a larger study of the reliability and validity of the Sensory Profile 2nd Edition.  The community sample included children with and without developmental conditions.  The researchers […]

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Sensory Behaviors in Children with Autism at Home

Recent research examined atypical sensory and repetitive behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder through video recording observations to determine the influence of environmental factors.  The participants included 32 children with autism spectrum disorder (2–12 years of age) engaging in sensory and repetitive behaviors during home activities.  Using the video recording, behavioral coding was used to […]

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7 Simple Tips to Help Students Process Sensory Information

Have you ever been in a classroom as an adult?  Wow, they can be chaotic, loud and overwhelming for anyone.  The days of students sitting in the desks quietly working are over.  Cooperative learning, alternative seating arrangements and group projects have turned the classroom environment upside down.  On one hand it is a constant learning […]

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20 Alternative Seating Picture Word Cards

Do you suggest or use alternative seating to keep children alert and focused in the classroom?  Here are  20 FREE picture word cards for alternative seating in the classroom.  Scroll down to download your 20 alternative seating picture word cards for free.  It includes the following alternative seating picture word cards: bean bag exercise ball […]