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Pediatric Occupational Therapy
The Learn Play Thrive Approach to Autism
The Learn Play Thrive Approach to Autism What is this approach? This neuro-diversity affirming approach seeks to teach therapists how to interpret behavior and generate interventions built on deepening a provider’s understanding of autism learning styles. Therapists are trained to create effective interventions based on the strengths and learning styles of autistic children. Core to...
What is Sensory Processing Disorder?
There are eight different senses that our bodies take in from the surrounding environment: sight, sound, touch, smell, taste, vestibular (sense of head movement in space), proprioception (sensation from muscles and joints), and interoception (sensations from internal organs). In sensory processing disorder these processes are disturbed.There are three types of sensory modulation disorder: Sensory Over-Responsive:...
Food Aversions and Eating Challenges: An OT Perspective
What is the relationship between mealtime challenges and a child's sensory system?Eating requires use of all seven senses. We use SIGHT to look at our utensils and the people at the table around us, SMELL for the flavors of food, TASTE to determine the flavor of our foods, HEARING while food is being pushed along...
Pediatric Occupational Therapy: What is Visual Perception?
Visual perception skills are very important when it comes to a child's learning and deficits can cause challenges for your child in school as well as in daily tasks.What is Visual Perception? Visual perception is a broad term used to define how the brain processes visual stimuli. It is what allows a person to recognize...