The Sensory Explorer Show: 6 episodes available now!
Did you know there are 6 episodes of the sensory explorer show available now! You can download an explorer guide and sense-o-meter for each episode so you can play along at home!
Toy Tuesday: Fort Sticks (and the magic of fort building in general)
Forts are very magical spaces that afford the opportunity for play, social-emotional practice, and creativity. Forts are best built by using found objects such as sticks and leaves, but for city dwellers or those who need a tidier option Crazy Forts are the way to go! Crazy forts are plastic sticks that you can join together with a rubber connector ball to engineer forts you can easily throw a light blanket or sheet over to create a super secret space of you liking. image
Adding Movement Breaks in Your School Day
As a school OT I strive to integrate movement into my student's school day. I like to find simple, sustainable ways to encourage students to move. To avoid unnecessary disruptions, my interventions are user-friendly and require little setup and training. I work with teachers to layer movement into their pre-existing routines rather than creating new routines. I find that layering movement on top of schedules that are already work leads to greater participation and follow-
Toy Tuesday: Spot It
Spot It is one of those super fun, super simple, subtly genius games that offers many opportunities for sustainable play. While one deck offers several different game options, it also comes in different themes for holidays and interests - so you can use it to supplement seasonal learning. This game is great for visual perceptual processing, functional communication, and executive functioning skills. It also works on fine motor coordination - specifically in hand shifting to
The Running Club: Early Morning Movement for School Success
This Monday marks the 5th year of my school wide movement initiative: The Running Club! The Running Club is an early morning exercise program that's designed to help students transition from their commute to their school day. This is achieved by having some students go directly from their bus to the school's gymnasium where they run laps for 20 minutes. After that they go to their classroom and start their day, energized, alert, and ready to learn! The students who are sel
Toy Tuesday: Design and Drill
I love using Design and Drill because it is a game that targets many different areas, supports the idea of sustainable play, and is fun! Here are some of the skill area's I use it to address: Fine motor coordination (to hold and manipulate the screws) Bilateral coordination (managing the screws and the drill) Visual perceptual skills (matching the design cards to create your own image) Visual motor skills (getting the screw into the hole) Organization and planning (choosing t
New Sensory Explorer Episode: Eye-Spy!
Eye Spy Bottle is a great way to work on attention and visual perceptual processing! It's easy to make your own and play along at home!