Natural Environment Teaching

Did you know you can implement Applied Behavior Analysis anywhere? This ABA technique is known as Natural Environment Teaching. Natural Environment Teaching are loosely structured sessions. These sessions are typically lead by the child. Natural Environment Teaching is essential for teaching a child natural ways to respond in their environment. Reinforcers are functionally related to … Continue reading “Natural Environment Teaching”

Messy Matter

Is the mess worth it???…..Absolutely yes!!! Did you know that children’s exposure to messy or sensory play is declining. Currently, children spend less time outdoors and more time inside consumed by electronics. However, research suggests that messy play is essential to development, helping to build neural connections that support fine motor and gross motor skills, language … Continue reading “Messy Matter”

FCT in Children with ASD

An important tool for ensuring the success for an individual with autism is Functional Communication Training or FCT, (Kasey, 2006) demonstrated the correlation between introducing FCT and a reduction in prosocial behaviors. FCT is a differential reinforcement (DR) procedure in which an individual is taught an alternative response that results in the same class of … Continue reading “FCT in Children with ASD”

Can A Weighted Blanket Help?

Weighted blankets — five- to 25-pound blankets that are filled with a material such as plastic pellets — are one of the latest trends for kids and adults alike. But do weighted blankets work? Who can benefit from them? And which specific blankets are best? Who Can Benefit From A Weighted Blanket? Weighted blankets are … Continue reading “Can A Weighted Blanket Help?”

Why Play-doh is an Amazing Therapy Tool

As an occupational therapist, parents frequently ask me about what they can do at home to work on their children’s fine motor skills. One of the best, cheapest, and most fun therapy tool out there is play-doh! Playing with play-doh works on the following skills: Hand strengthening In-hand manipulation skills Pincer grasp Visual-motor integration (aka … Continue reading “Why Play-doh is an Amazing Therapy Tool”

Importance of Yoga in Children

Yoga is often practiced in order to improve one’s overall health and mental relaxation. Yoga can provide many benefits for children with special needs including improvements in but not limited to, overall mood (decrease depression and anxiety), motor coordination, gross and fine motor skills, positive thinking/behaviors, decreased muscle tension, improves sleep and assist with sensory … Continue reading “Importance of Yoga in Children”