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ABCs of Movement….brain break fun

Movement/brain breaks are gaining popularity because they WORK! What IS a brain break? They are simply short bursts of activity designed to energize the brain and body for learning. By boosting blood flow to the body and brain, they can help children to learn. Did you...

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10 Freakishly Good Halloween Treats

Halloween is almost upon us and I've found some fun treats to make with my boys this week. What I love best about making food with them is that when they make it, they are more likely to eat some of it! As you know, playing with your food is strongly encouraged for...

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Halloween Noodles Sensory Play

Halloween Noodles Sensory Activity Materials: Spaghetti noodles Green, red and yellow food coloring Pot Two bowls Halloween small toys, bugs, spiders, etc. Oil spray Bin or container for sensory play Gloves (for mixing the coloring) Children who are beginning sensory...

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Brain & Sensory Foundations Course

Would you like to make a huge difference for children and adults who are struggling? You can transform sensory issues with the tools from the Brain and Sensory Foundations course. These easy-to-learn movements mature the brain, body and sensory systems. They are...

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5 Questions Asked By New Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists obtain high levels of training upon graduation. In fact, most OTs graduate with a Master's degree and some with Doctoral degrees. However, no amount of schooling and fieldwork (the clinical portion of our training) can fully prepare new...

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Children’s Autism Book! The Girl Who Thought in Pictures

I use books, social stories, and videos all of the time with children who have autism. Most younger children learn through looking at pictures. Research has shown that children use picture books to make sense of the world around them (see reference here). Through my...

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5 Tips to Help Children During TRAUMA

Many of us are struggling to make sense of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Feelings of shock, disbelief, sadness, anger, terror, and numbness surface. Everyone deals with traumatic events differently. I cried all day and could not sleep the night after. Additionally,...

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Sleep Tips for Kids with Autism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQxp-B224pg **THIS VIDEO WAS ORIGINALLY RECORDED FOR HARKLA Blog** Sleep and Autism- Cara discusses the issue of sleep and how to help your child sleep better. 2:18 Poor sleep impairs our physical and psychological well being. 2:34...

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Clothespin Caterpillars

Here's a fun summer activity that kids will love! The bonus is you can use your caterpillar to hang drawings up on the refer. If you want to challenge your child, print out the photos and ask kids to place them in order to work on sequencing. Also fun is to see what...

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Brain and Sensory Foundations for OT, PT, and Parents

As a therapist and parent, I'm often asked about courses I recommend. Here's one of my FAVORITES for everyone! I'm lucky to be an affiliate of Move, Play, Thrive and Sonia Story who has provided quality and life-changing courses that fit your lifestyle. ~ Cara Would...

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Meet Cara

Cara obtained her Master's degree in occupational therapy over 20 years ago. She teaches courses in pediatrics, sensory processing, trauma-informed care, and autism. Both of her children have special needs.
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