Fourth of July Sensory Tips 

By: Lindsey Murphy, OTR/L The Fourth of July is a wonderful holiday full of food, fireworks, and fun. However, sometimes the celebrations can become a bit of a sensory overload. In order to make this holiday enjoyable for everyone, here are some sensory-based OT tips for making it a more pleasant experience: Increased frequency/intensity of heavy work…

Hydration and The Body: Why Water Works

By: Lindsey Murphy, OTR/L Water is an essential part of our daily lives. We use water on a regular basis to brush our teeth, wash our hands, cook meals, water the lawn, and, of course, stay hydrated. The impact of water on the body is very significant yet often overlooked when attempting to address sensory…

School Sensory Challenges

By: Lindsey Murphy, OTR/L As we remember from our own childhoods, a typical school day contains many familiar sights, scents, people, sounds, and textures. Pencil sharpeners whir in the background while a teacher speaks; pencils scrape against the paper until the bell finally rings overhead to signal the end of class. The food from the…

Making a List and Checking It Twice

By: Lindsey Murphy, OTR/L As the holiday season rapidly approaches, advertisements for the newest gadgets and most coveted toys are abundant. Commercials describe the latest features on each new toy and encourage kids to add those items to their lists. In the world of pediatric occupational therapy, many toys have therapeutic benefits in addition to…

Tips for Halloween Fun

By: Lindsey Murphy, OTR/L While Halloween can be a very exciting and enjoyable holiday, it may also present a few sensory challenges. Here are some tips that we have to help make the experience fun for everyone! Costume selection/ trial: Since textures can be tricky, we want to make sure that kids with tactile sensitivities are…