Sleep is So Important

Sleep is an incredibly important factor to healthy development, but a large number of kids do not get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation in children can result in hyperactivity, inattention, impulsivity, oppositional behavior, moodiness, irritability, and difficulty waking up in the morning. Below is a list of the amount of sleep that is recommended for each age. Amount of sleep needed by age Newborns (0 to 3 months): 14 to 17 hours of sleep Infants (4 to 11 months): 12 to {Read More}

Managing Olfactory Sensitivity

I have worked with some kids who are very sensitive to certain smells, and they have trouble being in places where there are certain scents. Optimally, we want these kids to get de-sensitized so that they are free to go anywhere that they want to go, regardless of what scent is there. This is a very difficult thing to change because environmental smells are not something that we can usually control or modify. The kids have to figure out a {Read More}

Cleaning With Sensitivities in Mind

It is spring and cleaning is on the mind. I told you how I do daily cleaning of the toys that I use each day, but what about more general and deeper cleaning? When you have multiple medical problems, as many of our kids that come to therapy have, it is very important to maintain a clean environment in order to minimize the spread of illness. When I work with kids in their homes, many have a tracheostomy and a {Read More}

The Easiest Way to Clean Toys

When working with little kids doing early intervention, I need to clean my toys after using them with a child. There are a couple of techniques that I use to clean them, depending on how many toys were used that day, what type of toy it is, and the size of the toy. Picture credit: signature photos | dollar photo club For the small plastic toys with little parts such as Mr. Potato Head and shape sorters, I love to {Read More}

Citrus Orchard Play Dough with Printable

Winter in Southern California is orange season, and the smell of citrus is just wonderful.  I made an orchard play dough mat and made some orange and lemon play dough to go along with it.  To make the experience even better, I added lemon essential oil to the yellow play dough and citrus/orange essential oil to the orange play dough. Print out and laminate the play dough mats and then you can make little oranges and lemons out of the {Read More}