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Distractions surround children during the school day and it’s often much more than classmates talking. During the elementary school years, children’s sensory systems aren’t fully developed. Their central nervous systems are still maturing in terms of how they process information from the senses (sights, sounds, touches, etc.) and react to it in a behaviorally appropriate way. Children are better equipped to maintain attention to tasks, respond to what’s going on... View Article

Nov 13 2017

The crafts featured below were selected by occupational therapist Jessica Lynn. Both projects involve specific tasks that support the development of a child’s hand and finger skills and in the “skill builder” sections that follow each description, Jessica highlights some specific skills a child develops when making these and suggests additional ways these cute, easy-to-do-at-home projects can be used for additional skill-building fun!Safety tip: Always supervise children closely when they... View Article

Sep 2 2016

While all children can seem particular about their likes and dislikes, children with sensory processing disorder (also called sensory integration dysfunction) will be so severely affected by their sensory preferences that it interferes with their normal, everyday functioning. Treatment for sensory processing disorder is a fun, play-based intervention that takes place in a sensory-rich environment typically under the guidance of an occupational therapist. Many families have requested more information about... View Article

Aug 3 2016

Looking for a fun summer craft? You don’t need to look far! Occupational therapist Jessica Lynn shares suggestions for a special painting technique that involves an item that’s likely already in your fridge – celery! How to make a celery stamp rainbow fish Hidden behind this multi-medium fish craft is a wealth of fine and visual motor integration practice! The project offers the “just right challenge” for a wide range... View Article

Jul 27 2016

Looking for a fun summer craft? You don’t need to look far! Occupational therapist Jessica Lynn shares suggestions for a special painting technique that involves an item that’s likely already in your fridge – celery! How to make a celery stamp rainbow fish Hidden behind this multi-medium fish craft is a wealth of fine and visual motor integration practice! The project offers the “just right challenge” for a wide range... View Article

Jul 27 2016

The therapy world can often be full of unfamiliar vocabulary, especially when it comes to child development. In honor of April, Occupational Therapy Month,  members of our occupational therapy team put together a list of terms that can help clarify some of the many components that contribute to a child’s development, as they learn and experience the world around them, and provide parents of children who are undergoing a therapy program with the tools to... View Article

Apr 11 2016

With the school year coming to a close, we encourage you to find some time to get creative! Crafts can be a great way to spend time together – they provide a special opportunity for creative fun, the chance to develop new skills, and the satisfaction that comes with completing a project. Here’s a crafty idea from CHoR Occupational Therapist Jessica Z. Lynn with details about the specific skills this... View Article

Jun 26 2015

For hands-on, heart-shaped fun this Valentine’s Day, try getting creative with items you already have at home. Encourage children to design their own handmade cards using heart-shaped stamps made of empty toilet paper rolls! In addition to creative fun, this type of project helps children develop important fine motor skills and shows how you can reuse household items in an environmentally friendly way. Directions and ideas are listed below, along... View Article

Feb 9 2015