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Garbanzo Bean Sensory Bin

Today we made a garbanzo bean sensory bin.  We purchased some dried garbanzo beans aka chickpeas at the grocery store.  Follow these steps to color the beans:  Pour the bag of beans into a plastic bag.  Add 2 dashes of rubbing alcohol (I am too lazy to measure but if you wanted to measure it […]

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Free Self Calming Deep Breathing Activity

Here is a free self calming deep breathing activity.  Print and cut out the deep breathing cards.  The child can take 4 deep breaths trying to breath in through the nose (smelling the flowers) and out through the mouth (blowing out the candles).  You can print the activity at http://yourtherapysource.com/freecalmbreath.html [subscribe2]

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Sensory Based Phenotypes for Autism?

Autism Research recently published research examining whether sensory differences can be used to classify subgroups of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  The Short Sensory Profile was completed on 228 children with ASD ages 2-10 years old.  The results indicated the following: 1.  four distinct sensory subtypes were identified – (a) sensory adaptive (b) taste smell […]

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Giving Meaning to Sensory Play

The Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools and Early Intervention published a small study of eight participants with sensory sensitivities according to the Sensory Profile. The participants engaged in messy play either with a pretend theme or without. When pretend play was incorporated with the messy play, the participants showed improvements in the initiation of pretend […]