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2 Key Factors to Help Increase Participation of Children with Autism

OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health published qualitative research investigating the viewpoint of teachers and occupational therapists (who work with children with autism) on the sensory-related environmental barriers to participation within the preschool context. Following interview questions, the data was analyzed and indicated that there are two essential components to increase the participation of children with autism in the […]

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5 Ways to Reduce Stress in the Classroom

Classrooms can be stressful for certain students and for all students during certain times.  Over stimulating environments or unrealistic academic expectations are two examples of what can make stress levels start to rise.  Here are 5 suggestions to help create a peaceful classroom:  Reduce visual clutter –  Psychological Science published research indicating that children in […]


26 Calming Strategies for the Classroom

Back to school time can be a wonderful, exciting time for some students and a frustrating, new experience for other students.  School based therapists can help students develop strategies from a sensory motor perspective to remain calm when they get angry or frustrated  A new, huge collection of visual images that includes 26 calming strategies […]

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In Class Sensory Activities and On Task Performance

The British Journal of Occupational Therapy published research on in class sensory activities and on task performance of 4 students with autism using a non-concurrent, AB single system research design across multiple baselines.  Data was collected by school staff using video recording during classroom tasks.  Stage one of the Perceive, Recall, Plan, Perform (PRPP) System of Task […]

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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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Neurobiology of Sensory Overresponsivity in Children with Autism

JAMA Psychiatry published research on the neurobiological basis of sensory overresponsivity (an extreme negative reaction to sensory stimuli) in youth with autism.  Since more than half of youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have sensory overresponsivity (SOR)  the researchers wanted to use functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate the differences in brain responses, habituation, and connectivity during […]

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Sensory Based Problem Behaviors and Suggested Interventions

School based occupational and physical therapists play a key role in suggesting therapeutic interventions for students with sensory based behaviors.  It is our job to educate teachers, parents and students as to why a child’s behaviors may be sensory based and what sensory strategies can be used to help that child better navigate the educational […]

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Posturography and Sensory Integration

A feasibility study was published on using posturography to monitor changes following vestibular input in children. The participants in the study included 5 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and 5 neurotypical children. Each child received 10 minutes of vestibular swing activity with pre and post evaluations of postural stability under four different conditions and […]

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Learning Style and Sensory Processing

In the school setting, teachers discuss various learning styles of students. There are three main types of learning styles: 1. Auditory learner – learns best by using sense of hearing 2. Visual Learner – learns best by sense of vision 3. Kinesthetic/ Tactile Learner – learns best by doing or touching More teachers are now […]