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September 16, 2020

How Can You Help Your Child with Sensory Integration?

Sensory integration is the way we take in and make use of information about the environment around us through our senses. Our brains are constantly receiving and processing little bits of information about what we are touching, how we are positioned in space, how we are moving in relation to gravity, as well as what… Read more »

September 8, 2020

What is a Sensory Diet and Why Does My Child Need One?

Every person explores, feels, and senses her environment differently.  For some people, playing soothing background music helps increase focus, while for others, all background noise is distracting.  A sensory diet is a personalized set of activities and environmental modifications embedded in daily routines which supports individuals to be successful in tasks and transitions.  What is… Read more »

March 31, 2020

6 Developmental Benefits of Music

We love to listen to music, dance to music and sing to music with our children. Music is fun, music is engaging, and children love it! Did you know that when children learn to play music it is not only fun but also has developmental benefits to it? Here are 6 ways that children benefit… Read more »

March 23, 2020

Messy Play

Tactile play offers endless opportunities for learning and messy play is a crucial component of early education. There are many benefits of messy play. What are the benefits of messy play? Messy play offers benefits to children of all ages and abilities. It allows children to become engaged and get to know other children. Children… Read more »

March 17, 2020

At Home Sensory Activities for Your Child

With numerous CA schools closing over this month, we realize that plenty of parents are unexpectedly finding themselves with children at home! Thus begins the hunt for activities to keep children engaged and learning while having fun during time away from their regular activities. This is a unique chance for children to explore activities that… Read more »

March 5, 2020

Sensory Strategies in Action: How to Alert or Calm Yourself or Your Child

You may have heard of relaxation techniques to calm oneself by using soothing music or deep breathing. What about techniques to alert oneself when experiencing low energy? When addressing sensory strategies we often think of the sense of smell, sight, hearing, touch, and taste.  From a sensory integration perspective, we also have the vestibular (balance)… Read more »

February 18, 2020

Red Flags for Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory processing refers to how individuals process the information provided by all the sensations coming internally from the body from the environment. These senses work together to give us a sense of the world and our place in it. The brain organizes the information about the different smell, sounds, textures, sights, tastes, and movements that… Read more »

January 3, 2020

Leaving Early Intervention: Where Do We Go Now?

Many of our families with children 18-36 months make their way to CSLOT’s early intervention clinic or individual therapy through their local regional center. Regional centers are nonprofit private corporations that contract with the Department of Developmental Services to provide or coordinate services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. They have offices throughout California… Read more »

December 3, 2019

Messy Play

Messy play is not only a crucial component of early education but it is also fun!  There are many benefits of messy play. What are the benefits of messy play? Messy play offers benefits to children of all ages and abilities. It allows children to become engaged and get to know other children. Children who… Read more »

November 5, 2019

Research News: Biological Markers Found for Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory processing disorders (SPD) are more prevalent in children than autism and as common as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, yet the condition receives far less attention partly because it’s never been recognized as a distinct disease.  Now research has shown that children with SPD have quantifiable differences in brain structure. What did the study find?… Read more »

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