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Growing children rely on their senses from birth onward to explore and make sense of their surrounding world. Through sight, hearing, touching, tasting, smelling, and even moving, young children process the information obtained through their senses, which informs their development. By enriching infant’s and young children’s experiences with sensory play activities, families can support their little one’s brain development.
My sister is an artist, a dog mom, emotional, an over thinker, witty, smart, caring, and beautiful. My sister is not just a diagnosis, and no one with autism or any diagnosis should ever be labeled as just that because they bring so much more to the world. I wouldn’t be the person I am today, or the occupational therapist I am today, if it wasn’t for my sister. Through all the hard times, and all the obstacles, I wouldn’t want my sister any differently than who she is today. She was my perfect baby sister when she was born, and still is to this day.
Children learn best through play, and if it’s outdoor play, even better! I recommend going to your nearest playground at least once a week. With Covid-19, things are a little different now, but it’s still doable with some adjustments. Maybe go to the playground during times when you know it’s a little more empty than usual and pack some wipes and hand sanitizer!
Calming bottles, also known as sensory bottles, can help a child with self-regulation when feeling anxious or overstimulated, through the senses of proprioception and visual, by shaking the bottle and watching the glitter or contents settle.
What better way to engage with your child than to craft and get creative, all while learning by making your very own sensory box! Children love stimulating their senses: Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste, and Touch.
Taking care of children with special needs isn’t easy, as you’re always required to anticipate and adjust to their behavior. However, there will be times where the stimulants will prove to be too much for the child, causing them to be very overwhelmed by their emotions. When this happens, you need to help them calm down.
Autism is not a lethal disability, but it can, and often does, lead to difficulties at a functional, social, and educational level, significantly impacting the quality of life of individuals who do not receive proper care. Unfortunately, in Ecuador, most individuals with ASDs do not receive adequate care and many are misdiagnosed.
There are simple techniques you can incorporate into your daily lives and routines that will bolster their language skills at home.
Read to your child. Talk about your day. Singing songs. Plus one rule. Give Choices.
With Spring having just arrived, what better way to welcome the season than with fun and engaging spring themed occupational therapy activities and crafts. These activities are simple and easy to do either in therapy or even from the comfort of your own home.
Chain Link Activity 2020 has been quite different to say the least. In a year filled with so much uncertainty, our focus must shift towards 2021. The occupational therapists at the Always Keep Progressing Miami clinic develop and participate in playful and functional...
The relationship between autism and mental health is a taboo subject for most. Mental health is often overlooked due to the trouble individuals on the spectrum have with truly expressing their emotions. Not only do these individuals have to deal with their own...
What does an Occupational Therapist do? Occupational therapists (also known as OTs) work with children to help them succeed in their occupations, or daily life activities. They provide treatment to target goals related to fine and gross motor skills and motor...