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Sensory Processing + Mealtime

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Sensory Processing + Mealtime

Do you feel calmer and more grounded when you eat crunchy foods or have a warm drink? Or, perhaps you find yourself more focused after you've worked out or more attentive in a meeting while twiddling with a fidget. These are all examples of using sensory experiences to make our day more manageable. How our brain understands sensory input (e.g., movement, touch, hearing, smell, taste and vision) is called sensory processing. If a child consistently has difficulties processing information, they may have a sensory processing disorder. Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD): SPD is a sensory disorder of the brain that is common enough...

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Sensory Activities on the Play Mat

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Sensory Activities on the Play Mat

It’s time for some sensory play peeps! Not only do sensory activities encourage kids to explore new textures and materials, they can also help children develop new skills. Play-Doh, sensory bins, bubbles and water beads are just a few examples of activities that give kids the opportunity for sensory exploration. The key to making sensory activities successful is to make them fun and easy (plus easy to clean up!). Here are three sensory activities you can try with your children on the Play Mat. Foam: Kids love playing with the squish-able and squash-able properties of foam. I love using it in therapy, but...

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Recipe: Raspberry Chia Pudding

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Recipe: Raspberry Chia Pudding

The littles will go gaga over this pudding while you rest easy knowing it’s nutritious!   If you haven’t slurped up some homemade chia pudding yet, you’re in for a real treat. Chia has come a long way since the infamous ch-ch-ch-chia pets of the 80s and 90s. These edible little seeds come from a flowering plant in the mint family. They are very crunchy when dried, but once you add a bit of liquid the seeds plump up and become slippery -  making them the perfect base for pudding! The best part is that these little seeds are loaded...

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Why Do Kids Bite on Utensils?

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Why Do Kids Bite on Utensils?

Learning how to use a spoon and fork independently are fun mealtime milestones for kids. But sometimes parents are confused about utensil capabilities by age, as well as whether they should be concerned about their child biting on utensils. Here are some utensil tips to make mealtime more successful for the entire family! Why does my child bite the handle of the utensil?  Babies: If your child is between 6-12 months of age, this is a normal stage of oral development. During this critical mouthing time, baby will try turning the spoon around to put the handle into their mouth. It’s okay...

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Picky Vegetable Eaters

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Picky Vegetable Eaters

When you read this blog title you may have thought, “Of course kids are picky about veggies – is there another type of picky eater?” In fact, there is! A lot of children are picky protein eaters, which can affect their growth and development. Some kids are picky fruit eaters, and they miss out on essential vitamins and nutrients. There are even picky dessert eaters who can struggle with social events like birthday parties, family celebrations, holidays, classroom parties and sporting events because they refuse to eat desserts. And then there are the kids who are picky about eating their vegetables. What’s a...

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