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Sensory Dysfunction Is No Fun!

It is nap time in my classroom and I am rocking a sweet three year old as he snores.  Getting him to sleep today was hard.  Even when he is exhausted, his body does not let him rest.  Typically, it takes him 20-30 minutes just to wind down enough to be still in my lap.Read more

Preventing After School Meltdowns

Jenna is a kindergartener who loves school.  She enthusiastically goes each day and is one of the more engaged students in the class.  By all accounts, her first month of kindergarten has been a huge success and her parents are relieved and happy that all is well at school. But once Jenna gets home, thingsRead more

For Tricky Transitions, Try A Timer App

Do you have trouble getting out the door in the morning?  Are bedtimes hard?  Does your child have a hard time transitioning from activity to activity?  A timer can help!  Of course, you can always use an old fashioned kitchen timer, but timer apps for your phone might be the easier choice.  You usually haveRead more

Weighted Blankets – What’s Best For My Child?

What should be a simple question is, unfortunately, mostly misunderstood in both the medical and occupational therapy industries. The most common advice given to parents is to get a blanket which weighs 10% of the child’s weight plus one or two pounds and while this isn’t “bad” advice it is a bit too vague toRead more

Two Proven Products That Will Help Your Child Sleep

“He’s been up since 4:30 am,” a tired parent told me at preschool drop-off.  This was not an isolated incident.  This particular 3 year old was up early every morning.  Maybe not 4:30 am early but 5:00 or 5:30 am early which, let’s face it, is EARLY.  Every parent knows that they are not reallyRead more

Night Terrors? Try The Lully Sleep Guardian

Night terrors.  If you’ve never experienced them, you may think they are no big deal, similar to a bad dream.  But if you are one of the many parents who have a toddler with night terrors, you understand why they are called “night terrors” because your child is out of their mind, inconsolable, and completelyRead more

A Social Story: Going To Bed

Social stories help prepare children for transitions and experiences.  You can modify this one, about a bedtime routine, to fit the needs of your child.  Have fun with it!  Draw illustrations together or google images of children going to bed if you want to add a visual (animals sleeping might be fun too because everyoneRead more

A Social Story: Brushing Your Teeth

Social stories help prepare children for transitions and experiences.  You can modify this one, about brushing teeth, to fit the needs of your child.  Have fun with it!  Draw illustrations together or google images of children and adults brushing their teeth if you want to add a visual (animals brushing their teeth might be funRead more

Bedtime Struggles

My teenager loves to sleep. So much so that he will avoid sleepovers, lock-ins, even camp-outs if he thinks it will disturb his sleep. His bed is like a big cloud – special pillows, a featherbed, heavy blankets. Simply put, bedtime is his favorite time. But this wasn’t always the case…Read more