Stack Up!: A Toy Review

This great and versatile game is called Stack Up! by Peaceable Kingdom. The game comes with a game board, 12 blocks, 12 challenge cards, 2 stack sticks, a Stack Smasher and stand, and a spinner. The gameplay is pretty straightforward: you spin a color and stack a block. The object of the game is to…

Toy Review: Catch and Count Fishing Game

The first toy I decided to review called the Catch and Count Fishing Game by Melissa and Doug. It’s great because it can be used in so many different ways that target all kinds of skills, which is something I absolutely LOVE as an OT practitioner. The game comes with a set of 10 magnetic…

10 Simple Ways to Get Proprioceptive Input at Home.

Your proprioceptive system.
The code name for this in the OT world is “heavy work“, and a common phrase we use is “heavy work always works”. Receiving input to your joints and muscles has been shown to have an overwhelmingly high

5 Ways to Cope with Changes in Routine

We all thrive off of routine in our lives. But what about when something unexpected happens and your plans have to *gasp!* CHANGE?!?? You can be as proactive as you want, and plan ahead all you want, but sometimes the universe just feels like throwing a wrench in your day.

How to Calm Down by Coloring, and Why it Works

One of my favorite pastimes when I was younger, aside from continuously jumping off of the couch in an attempt to fly, was coloring. I had a tote bag filled just about to the top with crayons. There had to be over a hundred in there. Coloring books were my JAM.

One Simple Hack to Calm Down, Right Now

Breathing. Fun stuff, right? Lots of perks to breathing. I, for one, like how it keeps me alive.
But wait, there’s more! Not only does it keep us alive, it can be used as a tool to help us keep our composure in situations where we would otherwise rather be pulling someone’s hair out, and I think that’s pretty important, too.

So You Want To Self-Regulate…

Our emotions can travel from zero to 60…to 150…and back down to 10, all in the span of a day…
Heck, all in the span of a few hours. So many things can contribute to this fluctuation, almost too many to count. It can take a huge toll on how we function throughout our day to day lives.

The Beginner’s Guide to Sensory

Let’s settle this once and for all: There are EIGHT senses. EIGHT, you hear me?
(…at least in Occupational Therapy World there are).

There are the five you probably already know because your kindergarten teacher drilled it into your brain, but