Category - Occupational Therapy

Five Questions to Empower You When Considering a Therapist for Your Child

Occupational Therapy
Preteens & Teens
School Challenges
Special Challenges

Have you ever wondered if your child may benefit from seeing a therapist? Or, has a teacher or family member ever suggested that a therapist could be helpful in supporting your child in his or her development? Children and families benefit from therapy for many different reasons. Your preschooler may be struggling to transition to school. Or your kindergartener may be struggling to make and keep friends.  Perhaps your 2nd grader is having trouble paying attention and focusing in class. Or maybe your middle schooler is having strong feelings of sadness or worry. For many parents, the initial process of… Continue Reading


Posted by Ellie Pelc on October 13, 2015

Creating a Sensory-Friendly Environment

Occupational Therapy
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
Special Challenges

Motor development for a child involves the ability to process the sensory information in their environment—touch, movement, sight, sound, taste, smell, and pressure—and integrate them, along with sensory-motor and perceptual-motor skills. If a child cannot process the sensations around him, he may not be participating in the functional play needed to acquire integrated motor skills for learning. As a result, there may be observed behavior problems, such as difficulty transitioning from tasks and refusal to participate in activities. This child may appear to be always “on the go,” never stopping and/or appearing uninterested. He may begin to receive labels of… Continue Reading


Posted by Deanne Kelly on March 2, 2015

Going to the Movies with Your Sensory-Defensive Child

Leisure & Vacation
Occupational Therapy
Special Challenges

As I was trying to come up with a topic to share on this particular blog, I thought about a challenge one of my young clients recently experienced: going to the movies. This child so wanted to go to The Lego Movie, and he and his dad set out for an adventure they were unable to complete. This is a challenge that comes up for many of my sensory-defensive clients. No matter how excited they may be to see a particular film, their sensory system takes over as they attempt to transition into the theatre and begin to experience a… Continue Reading


Posted by Deanne Kelly on February 18, 2014

Sensory Processing Disorder and Halloween

Leisure & Vacation
Occupational Therapy
Special Challenges

It’s the time of year when there’s a chill in the air, the seasons are changing, and the color of orange is everywhere. It is October, and at the end of the month, many celebrate the holiday of Halloween. It is a time when we pick a costume and dress up, attend parties, and go out at night trick or treating. Many schools have parades during which children line up and excitedly parade around large crowds of delighted parents, who take endless pictures with their phones and cameras. These parades are often followed by classroom parties with games and food…. Continue Reading


Posted by Deanne Kelly on October 15, 2013

Helping Children with Sensory Processing Challenges Achieve Scholastic Success

Occupational Therapy
School Challenges
Special Challenges

As summer vacation comes to an end and school begins, many children find it hard to return to their school routines. This task may be even more difficult for children with sensory processing challenges.  Sensory processing refers to the ability to receive sensory information from the surrounding environment, combine it with internal sensory information from one’s own body, and process it into a coherent understanding of what is occurring in a given situation and what the appropriate response should be.  About five to 10 percent of young children exhibit significant behavioral and adaptive problems that are linked to difficulties in… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on September 16, 2013

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