April 7, 2017

When a person enters a Head Start or Early Start classroom where I work, they can sometimes see children wearing pressure vests and they wonder what that super hero or ballerina is wearing?
 

I like to make costumes out of them to inspire the children I’m working with t...

May 17, 2016

Often when I’m reading about children that hit and the sensory processing system, I read about how children are overstimulated and then they hit out. While I do think that is one reason a child, who is still developing their sensory system, may hit out, I think there i...

April 26, 2016

I did a training last week and I was asked by one of the participants “How does the sensory system get affected?” “What is it from?”
 

I’ve seen sensory processing challenges in typical children and also those individuals with a diagnosis. I explain it is a developmenta...

April 12, 2016

As many of you know, I traveled to Alaska for three years, 12 weeks each year. My assignment included 10 rural villages, and it was quite the adventure. I grew so much as a person and as an OT. One of my favorite experiences was working with a young man named Patrick,...

April 4, 2016

A couple days ago I introduced you to the lovely Patrick, and his desire to play music. I thought you would be interested to see how he played the cool, cardboard guitar we made together for a perfect fine motor activity. Happy I was able to get some video footage you...

March 17, 2016

Have you heard of tactile defensiveness? A child who is sensitive to touch and scared of or overwhelmed by everyday activities and experiences can be considered to have tactile defensiveness.
 

Many people add tactile sensory bins/tables or sensory activities to their c...

March 2, 2016

When you go to bed at night, do you like a heavier or lighter blanket? Do you enjoy the feeling of the sheets tucked in or out? What brings you the most comfort so you can sleep? The feeling of a blanket on you feels inherently comforting and safe. This is part of why...

February 24, 2016

I often see children enjoying making creations out of beads. They love to string beads and make a necklace or bracelet. They get to wear their art, they enjoy the independence of beading on their own, while also seeing the reward of their hard work.
 

Challenges Childre...

February 24, 2016

I was thinking about what to write in the blog when my sister Julie sent me this great picture of my brother, David, eating from the bag of Hershey kisses I mailed him for Christmas. David treats his kisses very tenderly and lovingly. He lines them up, carefully opens...

February 10, 2016

How do teachers do it all? I watch so many dedicated and hard working teachers help children daily. There is so much learning going on. There are so many growing and developing bodies and minds. I’ve gone into classrooms for years now as an occupational therapist I tre...

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Cyndi Elliott, OTR/L

wHOLEhearted, LLC
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