What is Interoception?

Interoception is known as the eighth sense. What is it and how does it affect the occupation of kids? Here’s a section from an article in Frontiers of Psychology: “While interoception is a term that has gained and still is gaining popularity in the academic literature since the start of the millennium, consensus on its […]

7 New Year Tips for Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists……it’s almost that time of year when we feel refreshed and excited to begin a clean slate. If you’re like me, I’ll write the previous year on my documentation for at least a month into the new year!   1) Did you know that trauma-informed care means more than working on sensory and regulation? […]

Tips for Test-Taking Anxiety

Tips for Test-Taking Anxiety plus FREE downloadable handout of this post at the bottom. Anxiety can be extremely harsh to school-aged children, but test-taking season is upon them, it can be even worse. No matter how many times parents, teachers, and therapists emphasize that it’s “just a test”, anxiety can take over. Here are some […]

5 Facts About Interoception

Interoception connects our emotions with our bodies. It’s critical in creating a body map to inform us about meeting our basic needs. Here is an ‘Out of the Pocket’ blog post to give you the fast facts. Children with a sensory processing disorder often struggle to process information received through the sensory system. This means […]

5 Ways to Tell if it’s Sensory or Behavior

One of the biggest questions I receive as a pediatric OT is, ‘how can I tell the difference between sensory and behavior?’   Identifying whether it is sensory or behavior is much more complicated than you might think. In fact, my two-hour course is packed with research and various interventions. The key is to do […]

7 Tips for Toilet Training ~Let’s Get this Potty Started!

  Potty training brings feelings of excitement as kids love doing things on their own and feel like a ‘big boy or girl.’ For children with special needs, learning independence with daily living skills is often difficult. Meeting developmental milestones can be delayed and parents often become worried and frustrated. As a pediatric OT, I’m […]