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Why We Must Think of Children—and our Nervous System—as Trees

Free Self-Regulation and Mindfulness Activity and Worksheets

Varleisha D. Gibbs, Ph.D., OTD, OTR/L

Join Varleisha Gibbs, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, as she shares several transformative exercises for children and families challenged by sensory processing disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and various other neurodevelopmental disorders.

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How to Calm a Child in 3-Minutes

Plus 1 Free Hour CE on Self-Regulation Strategies & Techniques for Children with Autism, ADHD, and Sensory Processing Disorder

Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/L

Join Teresa Garland, occupational therapist, international speaker, and author, as she shares over 35 of her most effective interventions.

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4 Easy Steps to Calm a Stressed Child

Barbara Neiman, OTR, Sheila Lewis

If you work with children who struggle with self-regulation, mind-body strategies that use yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and guided imagery can be especially effective, and often fun, for the child to gain their composure. Use this activity, called The Steps, at home, in the grocery store, or wherever life takes you.

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Environmental Enrichment

A Multisensory Enrichment Protocol for Autism

Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/L

Environmental Enrichment (EE) was designed as a low-cost program that has been shown to decrease autism symptoms and sensory issues and increase receptive language and cognitive skills at home. In this blog from Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/L, you can download a free EE activity worksheet.

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How Does the Brain with Autism Work?

Cara Marker Daily, PhD

Understanding the brain with autism is quite complex, as it is with understanding the brain of any individual, whether that individual is neurotypical or not. The more we know about the brain, the more we will know what interventions are the most effective in working with ASD.

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How to Navigate a Sensory World with an Autism Diagnosis

Mary C. Hamrick, MA, CCC-SLP, Tara Delaney, MS, OTR/L

When children with Autism learn to navigate their sensory world and understand that a simple touch on the shoulder is not a threat, they are better able to reach out socially.

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Sensory-Friendly Theatre: Making the big screen accessible to all

PESIinc

The experience of seeing a show, whether on the big screen or the big stage, can be particularly challenging for those who struggle with sensory processing. Thankfully, performers and venues across the nation are taking notice and offering sensory-friendly shows.

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3 Meditative Techniques for Self-Regulation

Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/L

With the help of children with and without autism, award-winning author and self-regulation expert Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/L, has created a collection of interventions that can be used to help any child get calm and stay calm. Here are some fun methods to help achieve calm attention.

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3 Specific Rules for Managing ADHD

Russell Barkley, Ph.D.

The CDC reports that 6.4 million children in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD. As the prevalence of the diagnosis continues to rise, it's important to have tools and strategies at the ready for managing ADHD in school.

Here are three classroom rules that are easy to implement and follow...

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