ABCs of Movement….brain break fun

Movement/brain breaks are gaining popularity because they WORK! What IS a brain break? They are simply short bursts of activity designed to energize the brain and body for learning. By boosting blood flow to the body and brain, they can help children to learn. Did you know that adults can benefit too? Try getting up […]

Sleep Tips for Kids with Autism

Many children with autism struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep throughout the night. Here is a video with tips on helping your child with sleep.   **THIS VIDEO WAS ORIGINALLY RECORDED FOR HARKLA Blog** Sleep and Autism- Cara discusses the issue of sleep and how to help your child sleep better. 2:18 Poor sleep […]

Halloween Tips for Kids with Special Needs

Halloween Tips for Kids with Special Needs

    Halloween is on the way!   All the little ones (and big kids too) are so excited! They just can’t wait for the big night to come; dressing up, hanging out with all the neighborhood kids, getting spooked by strange sounds and spooky shadows.  Sounds like a blast, right?  Except when your little […]

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 […]

Fun Sensory Matching Activity (Stereognosis)

Stereognosis is a hands-on tactile activity where we can use our sense of touch to feel items without using our visual skills. Here’s a quick and easy activity you can try at home, classroom, or clinic.