Understanding Directions

Navigational skills – being able to sequentially follow directions does not come easily for persons with Sensory Processing Dysfunction.   While many might consider this skill to be somewhat intuitive, developmental theorists have shown us that this skill  initially develops in childhood from learning experiences we have with manipulating objects in space. It is from this basic platform of building and constructing projects that the

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Back to School with Sustained Visual Regard!

Getting youngsters with Sensory Processing Disorders to sustain visual attention and visual pursuits as needed for greater success in reading and exploring the environment can be problematic. Without sustained visual attention, the ability to name  and understand the functionality of whatever it is you are looking at, is difficult.  Without the ability to sustain looking for visual pursuit of the object as it  moves,

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Adding Digital Task Cards

Sustained attention to task Visual Sequencing Skills We began incorporating use of digital task cards in treatment to promote increased use of Executive Functions including: Sustained attention to task Task organization Working memory Self monitoring We found the children were better able to pace their level of activity (some were under-aroused while others tended to be over-aroused) as they sustained attention to the digital

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Back to School with Visual Association Skills

Many children who have Sensory Processing Dysfunction (SPD)  also have difficulty with Visual Association skills  (the ability to connect language with visual images).  Research using Diffusion tensor Imaging shows us that this may be due to poor connectivity of  brain pathways responsible for linking the visual cortex with the language cortex of the brain. Fortunately, when children are young and the cortex of the

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Postural Control and Vision

As a sensory modality,  vision tends to guide many of our motor moves.  Vision is designed to work with  balance, control of posture, language, motor skills  and intellectual development. For example, a baby learns early on  how to  use vision for  guiding muscles of the neck and mouth toward a nipple for food and comfort.  Later on, the infant will learn how to use

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Integrating Body Awareness with Vision

The ability to maintain body orientation and posture in relation to the surrounding environment (physical and social space) is challenging for many children.  Mastering these skills represents a point of entry for most group and sports activities.  These sorts of activities tend to lead  to friendships and improved sense of self worth.  For children with sensory processing dysfunction, this point of integration represents a challenge that

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Strengthening Fine Motor Skills

Using food crafts to help develop precision in fine motor skills The skills needed to coordinate small muscles of the body, such as the muscles of the fingers, eyes, and ears take the longest time to mature.  Synchronization of these smallest muscles requires sustained attention, along with the ability to remember little details about the actions of these muscles.  The ability to pull together

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Summer Workouts for Self Regulation

Many exercises need not include expensive equipment, instead a good eye for simply applying common everyday activities with a view to looking for inherent  resistive exercise is what is needed. What seems to be key however, is the use of regularly scheduled periods of exercise 10-20 minutes twice daily depending upon the age of the child.   Researchers continue to show caretakers that children

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Attention! Welcome Fingertips!

(Try  dressing, eating, or washing up without them) Most of the children I have treated over the years who have  had coordination deficits generally tended to have difficulty using hand and finger motions as well.  These difficulties often caused problems with daily living activities such as dressing, manipulating clothing fasteners (buttons, zippers, shoe laces, etc.),  using utensils,  grooming and hygiene. Planning developmentally appropriate projects

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Language Based Visual Perceptual Skills

This “game” uses parts of a roadway to capture  attention.   Consequently, the  appealing visual images  subtly draw the child into a mindset of sustaining attention to the “what” and “where” ideas needed to solve the puzzle of a layout. This game of dominoes uses cars and trucks, and presents the problem of locating the front and back of each vehicle.  A clue is given

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