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Explaining Sensory Regulation in Layman’s Terms

Therapists frequently ask “How do I explain these concepts to parents?” “What is sensory regulation?” In order to participate in our every day tasks we need a background of alertness that is created in the brain allowing us to attend, think and participate. Different tasks require different states of arousal and alertness. The state needed […]

Connection, Fear and Sensory Processing

This is a topic near and dear to my heart! Studying the brain has taught me how intimately connected the sensory systems are to the emotional centers (limbic system) and the rational centers (frontal cortex) of the brain. The bucket of chemicals that lives inside the amygdala (amy for short) does not know the difference […]

What does Hypotonia have to do with Autism?

This is another wonderful frequently asked question! As you know there are so many variations to the theme of ASD and so really we are lumping a group of children together who someday may be differentiated like apples and oranges. Motor control issues are a prevalent aspect of challenge for many children with austim spectrum […]

Vestibular Stimulation and Seizures

The vestibular system helps us to understand the position of our head and body in gravity-bound space. It gives us information about which way is up and which direction we are going. It assists our body with balance, spatial orientation and maintaining a stable visual field, even when we are moving. Since movement is a […]

Becoming a Detective

The tricky part about “reading” your patient’s nervous system and their sensory needs is that this process keeps you on your toes! The difficulty with sensory diets or “programs’ is that they don’t always allow you to “read” the nervous system of the child in the moment. Questions like “what is the child’s current state?” […]

What is Addiction?

When differentiating between “physical” addiction and “psychological” addiction in newborns of addicted mom’s, it is a slippery slope of distinction. It is known that physical addiction comes about through an array of neuroadaptive changes and the laying down and strengthening of new memory connections in various circuits in the brain. We do not yet know […]

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

A large number of drugs pass from the mothers’ blood stream through the placenta to the fetus. Drugs of abuse have a low molecular weight and lipid solubility making it easier to cross the placenta. When drugs or other substances of abuse are taken by the mother equilibrium is established between the materanal and fetal […]

The Matter of Tone

Therapists providing intervention to children with movement challenges have traditionally considered and have perhaps treated “muscle tone” specifically as an impairment impeding motor performance in daily living function. In our hands, we can “feel” the resistance, heaviness, responsiveness and changes of each child’s body with whom we interface in therapy. Our own motor system learns […]