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Sensory Processing

  1. Concentrating In The Classroom - What Works?

    We have daily phone calls from parents identifying concentration at school as a problem for their child. There can be all sorts of contributing factors, which is why a proper assessment of the situation is always a good idea. Mat time is often a tricky time as kids may have issues with:

    * touch (eg hypersensitive to other kids touching them, constantly seeking tactile input for calming),

    * movement (eg need movement to stay alert, difficulty maintaining their postural control),

    * auditory or visual processing (eg easily overwhelmed in a more confined area)

    * and there are more reasons as well, eg language comprehension.

    Tactile seekers benefit by having access to a small container of fidget items, eg pieces of satin, a  Continue Reading »

  2. My Child Needs To Move

    Research indicates that a student's academic performance is directly related to whether he/she is able to attend long enough to learn the information presented. Sitting in one position for long periods of time can be a real struggle for some children (and adults!) By providing children with opportunities to move and change position we increase a child's ability to pay attention by increasing the sensory input he or she is receiving.

    There have now been a range of studies investigating the effectiveness of dynamic seating options on attention in class. They have all found that children demonstrated increased attention to task and improved academic performance by being permitted to move while still seated. Dynamic seating is a simple, practical, and relatively inexpensive strategy. There are a range of options available, all having different features: 

    * Move'n'Sit Cushion - We usually recommend this option...

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