The Wilbarger Brushing Technique: What Is It And How Can It Help?

What Is The Wilbarger Brushing Protocol? The Wilbarger Deep Pressure and Proprioceptive Technique was developed by Patricia Wilbarger, Med, OTR, FAOTA. Based on the theory of Sensory Integration, the brushing technique uses a specific method of stimulation to help the brain organize sensory information.

Why Does My Child Pick and Pinch Their Skin?

It may be a Sensory Processing issue. The sensory system feeds information from our environment, via our central nervous system, directly to our brain. The brain then organizes it, sends it back through the nervous system for the use as understanding, adaptation, learning and skill development.

Does My Child Need Physical Therapy?

Pediatric physical therapists address underlying deficits in infants and children that lead to limitations in their mobility and gross motor skills. In infants, physical therapists work on their gross motor skill development in terms of learning how to move in their environment (rolling, sitting, pull to stand, etc). Physical therapists work with children on achieving higher level gross motor skills …

Building to New Strengths: Brain Flakes

When I go out to any store my eyes are always peeled for that one toy that will assist a child in a range of abilities, while also being fun. I have traversed many aisle before, only to leave empty handed and a little disappointed with the selection. However, one toy I recently discovered is becoming a cornerstone activity I …

How To Make a Felt Leaf Garland with your Little One

Get inspired by the changing of the leaves this year by bringing them inside!  This felt leaf garland is the perfect craft to help challenge your child’s fine motor and visual motor integration skills. This craft is for those children 4 years old and up.

10 Fall Sensory Activities for your Child

Fall is a fantastic time of year to provide your child with sensory activities. With school under way, most children start to feel the effects of an increased work load and longer periods of sitting in school. Taking advantage of the weather and fall activities can help regulate your child for continued success at school and home.

5 Halloween Tips for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder

For most of us, Halloween means dressing up, trick-or-treating, and parties. We might stress a little over getting the costumes our kids are asking to have, getting to the school party on time, trick or treating for the best candy, and braving the weather for trick-or-treating. It’s all worth it though when we get to experience our kids’ excitement. But …

Finding the Right Fidget for any Sensory Diet

Fidgeting has gone mainstream over the past year with the rapid rise of Fidget Spinners and Cubes. However, it has been and always will be a mainstay for children with neurological challenges — Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), ADHD and others.

Fidgets: What are they and how can they help?

Fidget toys are self-regulation tools to help with focus, attention, calming, and active listening. Fidgets come in all different shapes, sizes, and textures and are often referred to by various different names. Stress balls, tangles, and squigglets can all be used as fidget toys to promote movement and tactile input that is critical for some student’s learning.