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Some Thoughts on Vestibular Input
July 9, 2013 1:45 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Lately all things vestibular have been showing up in my world. A colleague has been having issues with vertigo (your world shrinks fast when you feel dizzy all of the time!). It reminded me to be thankful that my own system is intact for now despite my Read More...
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Weighted Blankets: What Do We Know?
May 28, 2013 6:12 PM by Cecilia Cruse
As a peds therapist and on staff expert for an equipment company for special needs, I do get asked periodically for more resources on weighted blankets. There have been some well-known published studies on weighted vests including Fertel-Daly et all on Read More...
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Sensory Strategies for At Risk Youth
January 24, 2013 12:50 PM by Cecilia Cruse
I recently had a conversation with a special education coordinator who oversees a large district. Part of her job duties include working with at risk students that have been removed from their home school and placed in a disciplinary education center. Read More...
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Preventing “Bucket Babies”
November 30, 2012 5:24 PM by Cecilia Cruse
This past week I presented a workshop to a child care provider network. This insightful group of mentors and educators were passionate about finding ways to adapt the current programs in many of their centers to include more sensory motor concepts. As Read More...
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An Interesting Study on Toe Walking
October 27, 2012 10:30 AM by Cecilia Cruse
As OTs (and certainly our pediatric PT colleagues) we have all seen our share of kids that are toe walking with no history of any apparent medical disorder that would account for the problem such as CP or sequelae from a TBI. Termed Idiopathic Toe Walking Read More...
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I Can See You!
April 17, 2011 11:43 PM by Wendy Hof
Ok raise your hands if you've ever tried to convince a child that wearing a hat or gloves is a great idea. Ok, now put your hands down if you have actually succeeded and the child has worn the hat and/or gloves for more than 2 minutes. Hmmm, I can see Read More...
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Tis the season ... to get overwhelmed...
December 20, 2010 11:33 PM by Wendy Hof
"and the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there ... " I can't believe that Christmas is just a few days away. I'm actually a little more ahead this year than I thought I would be. I have a good number Read More...
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Tuesday Tidbit - Nuk brush 2 ~ local sightings ~
March 9, 2010 8:52 PM by Wendy Hof
In an earlier blog post I had spoken about the usefulness of the Nuk Brush and listed several places that sell it. The sites I listed were therapy sites as that was the only place I have been able to find them. Until now, that is. Last Friday I was in Read More...
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Snow - not just an outdoor sensory experience...
December 30, 2009 11:57 PM by Wendy Hof
I was working with a kiddo at a daycare a couple weeks ago after we had a substancial snowfall. The kids were all excited about the snow but it was too cold to go outside and play. The daycare provider grabbed two medium sized, see through tupperware Read More...
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Sensory Overload & Santa
December 21, 2009 10:32 AM by Wendy Hof
Recently I received an email from one of the families I work with who has a young 3yr old child who has sensory integration challenges. This wee one gets overloaded very easily when it comes to new people or new places or new anything. Mom and Dad thought Read More...
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Shopping for children with special needs ...
December 14, 2009 12:30 AM by Wendy Hof
Hi all! How is everyone doing with their holiday shopping? I was out today for the first time and was able to at least get a small dent in what I will need for family & friends. I have to admit, even for me without too many major sensory issues, it Read More...
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Tuesday Tidbit - The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
December 2, 2009 12:51 AM by Wendy Hof
In March I wrote a blog about visiting Toys*R*Us and offered some suggestions on websites that offered more than your usual selection of toys. I receive an email from Stephanie Oppenheim who shared with me her website (the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio) and Read More...
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Feeding Difficulties - Ability vs Motivation
November 18, 2009 11:49 PM by Wendy Hof
One of the most challenging things when it comes to working with a family who has a child who "won't eat" is figuring out how much of it may be due to the child's inability to eat (sensory problems, physical problems, processing disorders, etc) and how Read More...
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Tuesday Tidbit - Olfactory defensive behaviors
October 27, 2009 11:49 PM by Wendy Hof
Hi All! Sorry I did not post on Friday – I was a bit under the weather with a stomach bug. Thankfully it didn’t last more than 48 hours but that is one of the “hazards” of working with children for a living – you are bound to catch something every now Read More...
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Tuesday Tidbit - The Spit Cup
October 19, 2009 11:42 PM by Wendy Hof
When it comes to picky eaters one of the biggest challenges we have as therapists is getting the child to even taste something. There is, of course, an entire protocol to getting a sensory defensive child to allow food to be 1) in the room, 2) on the Read More...
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