What is Proprioception?

sensory Oct 08, 2020

What Is Proprioception?

It’s said that we have five basic senses: touch, smell, hearing, sight, and taste. Yet there’s a sixth sense (and more!) that’s often recognised as such because it’s just as important as those other five. It’s known as proprioception.

What is proprioception?

Proprioception, also sometimes referred to as kinesthesia, is a sense that affects our body positioning and self-movement. Joint, tendon, and muscle neurons known as proprioceptors drive the movements dictated by this sensory system.

Perhaps this issue exists as a reminder of something that is always present but is not seen, yet is extremely powerful and important. Just like it is such a human tendency to forget about God until we need Him, we tend to forget about proprioception until we have issues with it! This secret sense is part of God’s design that touches so many parts of our daily lives. But what does it mean when things aren’t working typically?

Many of...

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What is the Vestibular System?

sensory Sep 30, 2020

Understanding the Vestibular System and Its Disorders

Each day, our bodies engage in a series of functions we don’t really consciously think much about. For example, our hearts beat on their own, we breathe without making any effort, and we keep our balance without trying. That last bodily function is a product of the vestibular system. What is this and why is it important?

The vestibular system manages our posture, keeps our head and eyes in place when our bodies move, and allows us to maintain our balance. Disorders of the vestibular system may cause alterations to a person’s psychological or cognitive wellbeing as well.

Like the many fine details of our lives, God has created an intricate system that manages our stability. For most of us, we only experience the sensation of being thrown off kilter when spinning in a circle or riding a roller coaster. But, for those who suffer from sensory issues of the vestibular system, the ride is not so smooth. As you read, think...

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Get Ready for Summer with Fun and Affordable Sensory Tools

sensory Jun 03, 2020

It is so hard to believe that the summer months are here! Let’s get ready by making sure there are plenty of engaging sensory activities that children, teens, and adults alike will want to do again and again.

Here are some great ideas organised by sensory skill. These great products are linked with my Amazon affiliate account.

Vestibular

A fun balance board is a great tool for strengthening muscles and improving equilibrium and balance. These are used by many ages become a fun routine!

Proprioception

Get busy hands happy and help strengthen arm muscles with this pack of stress balls in various textures. Not only does this satisfy the need to touch fun textures, but they are perfect for therapy and rehabilitation needs.

Vision

These colourful planets can be placed in a bedroom or play area. Because they glow in the dark, they can be used in a variety of ways to promote healthy visual stimulation.

Oral Motor

Nothing says summer like blowing bubbles. Mix up your bubble play with...

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The Power of Auditory Training

sensory May 27, 2020

You might have heard suggestions such as playing Mozart for infants while they play or even as they sleep, but did you know that Auditory Training is a much more targeted and focused exercise that can benefit all ages? Children, teens, and adults who face sensory challenges, have suffered brain injury, or struggle academically can experience life changing benefits.

What Auditory Training Can Improve :

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve memory and attention span
  • Boost overall mood
  • Promote academic success
  • Improve listening skills
  • Help with Self-Regulation
  • And much more!

How it Works:

Auditory Training is specially suited to the individual. A personalised playlist is selected, and listeners only have to listen for 15 to 30 minutes per day. Coaches are also available to give tips on how to get the most of this program. You are not alone!

I would love to talk about your unique situation and help you decide if this type of program is right for you. Book a free call today!

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Sensory Play at Home

sensory May 07, 2020

There may be times when we aren’t able to do regular OT, and this time is one of them! Let’s keep calm and get creative with some fun activities to do at home that will keep your child engaged. Ah, but this isn’t another list of things to place in a bin or a station to create with a theme: I want to share with you some methods to use to select your own supplies and invent your own activities.

  1. Use What you Have

You don’t have to buy any fancy materials, craft supplies, or equipment. ANYTHING goes, as long as it’s safe. Uncooked beans and rice, socks, paper plates, and more all have fun textures your child would love to play with.

  1. Get Ready to Adapt

If there was a plan for how your home-made sensory activity was going to go, get ready to have your plans changed and be totally okay with it. If you wanted your child to sort colours of beads, and they are satisfied rolling them between their fingers instead, then praise their curiosity and join...

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What is Sensory Processing?

sensory Apr 20, 2020

What Is Sensory Processing?

All around us exists a world that’s begging to be explored. We’re blessed to have many senses that make enjoying this world a possibility, although for some people, having these senses can be overwhelming. This can be due to what’s known as sensory processing disorder. What exactly is sensory processing, anyway?

Sensory processing is the ability to to manage sensations such as taste, touch, and sound, in the environment around us, as well as from ourselves and make use of these senses. This processing takes place mostly in the brain.

In this in-depth post, we will explore sensory processing in more detail, including a discussion on senses. We’ll also talk about how sensory processing disorder (SPD) causes one to over-process or under-process their sensory abilities and how this may be treated.

Understanding Sensory Processing: What Is It?

When you were a child in school, you were likely taught that you have five...

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He is Risen! Easter Sensory Fun

sensory Apr 13, 2020

No matter what this season has brought you, the blessing of forgiveness and new life remains. We celebrate His resurrection to remember to the pain and suffering our Savior endured at the Cross, and to praise Him for His gift of salvation. Because of His wounds, we are healed.

It can be hard in these times of practising social distancing to experience the same fun and joy on Easter that we had expected. Let’s stay positive and hopeful in these trying times. Showing kindness and calmness in the chaos is the simplest way to give thanks to God for His greatest gift.

Why not make use of old Easter supplies by doing some fun sensory activities! Here are some ideas to get started:

1: Make a sensory basket.

You’ve probably heard of a sensory bin, but why not put those baskets to another use? In a wide based basket, go ahead and place in some decorative grass along with some other items like marbles, beads, or other small things. Let your child explore the basket and feel each...

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What Is Self-Regulation and Why Is It Important?

sensory Mar 28, 2020

What Is Self-Regulation and Why Is It Important?

Do you have a child that hits, kicks, screams in the house, rips things up, and regularly 'loses it'?

OR

Can you remember dreaming of reaching adulthood so you could eat chocolate cake every day for dinner and stay up until the small hours of the night on a weekday? Yet, now that we have the authority to make these decisions, we don’t.

What do these things this have to do with self-regulation? What is self-regulation and why does it matter?

Self-regulation is the ability to control oneself in all aspects, including emotions and behaviour. While it’s important as a trademark of standard, acceptable behaviour in society, some people struggle with self-regulation.

Whether it’s you who needs help with self-regulation or someone else in your life, we encourage you to keep reading. In this post, we’ll discuss whether self-regulation can be taught and some steps on how to improve self-control. It’s a big part of...

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Savouring the Little Moments with Sensory Processing Disorders and Special Needs

sensory Mar 02, 2020

Savouring the Little Moments with Sensory Processing Disorders and Special Needs

Loving a child with any special needs or sensory issues comes with its challenges. Every time they fall, our hearts drop like a brick from the sky as we are forced to choose to rush to the side of our fallen child, or allow them space—knowing they would fight the helping hands. No matter what the struggle may be, everyone is different, we can all relate to that glorious feeling when a child responds with positive emotions.

I came across the following stories which share breakthroughs witnessed in one person’s schooling experience and career. I hope looking at even the smallest of these moments will encourage you to cherish these priceless moments with your children.

Visual-Sight

As a student working as a teacher’s aide, I was placed in a PE class to assist specifically with Jane. Jane has Down Syndrome and ASD. She was very angry because she preferred her old PE aide, but she had me....

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