Fun Vestibular Activities Using Items You Have at Home

What is the vestibular system, and what does it mean for my child?  The vestibular system helps us interpret movement–if we are moving or standing still, how fast we are moving if we are moving with or against gravity, and what direction we are moving in. It is housed within our inner ear and receives information based on the direction …

Fun Proprioceptive Activities Using Items You Have at Home

What is proprioception, and what does it mean for my child?  Proprioception refers to our body awareness in space, such as how we move through our environments or even the position of our bodies in one place. Lifting, pushing, and pulling weight are all methods of receiving proprioceptive input. These activities tend to be “centering” or “grounding” for all of …

A-Z Guide for Sensory-Friendly Travel and Vacationing

Whether it’s across the ocean or right around the corner, planning and executing a perfect family vacation can take a lot of time and research. Here’s a condensed A-Z list of considerations and recommendations to hopefully ease some of the preparation for your next trip: Airlines There is no one all-hailed airline that is consistently recommended as the best airline …

Top 10 Vacations for Families of Children with Sensory Challenges

As a parent of a child with sensory or social communication difficulties, it can be overwhelming to search for appropriate and welcoming destinations for a family vacation catered to those with mild to severe sensory processing challenges, including those with ASD and SPD.  According to a study conducted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), a …

You’re Not Alone-Travel Blogs from Parents & Individuals with ASD

When you plan a vacation, there are many factors that go into preparation and execution… Especially when you have to consider all the sensory experiences, transitions, and thousands of other vacationers around you. It seems daunting, but you are not alone. Below are links to personal accounts from parents, caregivers, and even first-hand accounts of individuals with autism spectrum disorder …

How to make your own weighted lap pad!

Weighted lap pads, and other weighted items are often used by occupational therapists. They are a helpful tool that promote regulation and body awareness by providing proprioceptive input to the body. Some children may feel more comfortable and relaxed when using a weighted item because they have more information about their body which helps them feel regulated. The following blog …

What to Expect from an Occupational Therapy Evaluation

What is an Occupational Therapy Evaluation? A thorough evaluation is critical to assessing your child’s need for occupational therapy services as well as identifying specific goals to be addressed throughout therapy.  This post outlines Chicago Occupational Therapy’s typical approach to an initial evaluation, however this process may look different based on your child’s specific needs and setting.  We believe in …

Visual Perceptual Skills Continued

In our previous Visual Perceptual Skills post, we discussed how our eyes are responsible for performing a variety of complex functions to help us interact with the world around us.  In this post, we will take a closer look at the four remaining visual perceptual skills: form constancy, sequential memory, figure ground, and visual closure. Form Constancy Definition: the ability …

Visual Perceptual Skills

Visual Perceptual Skills Vision is arguably the most critical of the senses.  According to the American Optometric Association, 80% of learning is acquired through our visual system. While many people are familiar with visual acuity, or the sharpness of your vision at a given distance, our visual system is very complex and uses a variety of skills to help us …

Early Childhood Self-Care Milestones

What is Self-Care? Self-care involves all of the basic activities children do to care for themselves, such as feeding, dressing, bathing, and toileting. Sleep is also included in this category, because it is important for a child’s well-being and functioning. Why Is Self-Care Important For My Child? Self-care skills are important, because they promote independence! As your child develops self-care …