#1 - All Things Sensory by Harkla: Introduction

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC June 20, 2018

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All Things Sensory by Harkla: Introduction

In this episode, we will introduce who we are and what we plan on accomplishing with our podcast! We are Rachel and Jessica, here to share all things sensory, occupational therapy, parenting, self-care, and overall health and wellness from a therapeutic perspective. We are both Occupational Therapy Assistants who love working with kids and their families to help improve quality of life and make everyday a little bit easier!


Introducing Your "All Things Sensory" Podcast Hosts!

Hi, I'm Rachel Harrington and I own the Sensory Project. We specialize in providing weighted vests, blankets, and other sensory products for kids that need it most. As a passionate pediatric occupational therapy assistant, I am deeply devoted to aiding children and the families that care for them in understanding the advantages of Occupational Therapy and how these activities can be seamlessly incorporated into their daily routine.

My name is Jessica Hill, I'm an occupational therapist working with kids in the sensory integration clinic. I'm also a mother and am on a new journey towards health and wellness. I enjoy sharing what we do as occupational therapists, what we know, and helping others understand the challenges that sensory kids and their families face.

Occupational Therapy as a Holistic Approach

We have approached helping children and families in need of occupational therapy through a holistic approach. To practice holistically is to recognize the person as a complete being - not just their disability. Instead, you must take into account the individual's body, mind, emotions and spirit all at once in order to provide an appropriate level of support.

When there is an imbalance of body, mind, spirit and emotions it can have a devastating effect on someone’s well being. This issue can manifest in a host of symptoms and behaviors, influencing not only the child but also their family.

New Ideas & Innovations

In this podcast, we will be sharing useful ideas and strategies to help you learn new skills and become more productive in your daily tasks. These straightforward strategies can help transform your daily life and the lives of your children for the better. They are not quick-fixes, but rather small tweaks that you can make over time to bring about a significant difference in all areas.

Toys and games are a perfect way to help your child acquire new skills. For example, there is an abundance of ways that these items can be used to foster learning.. You can fine-tune the toy or game to enhance a child's skills, eventually allowing them to live a more functional life.

A Sensory Focused Podcast

The "All Things Sensory" podcast will offer ideas, tips and strategies specifically tailored to children with sensory issues such as Autism, ADHD and Down Syndrome. We will also be providing guidance for families of children who may not have a formal diagnosis yet.

Unidentified sensory difficulties can significantly impact the lives of children and adolescents, even in cases where a formal diagnosis is yet to be made. Our clinic has experienced this first hand with many of our patients.

We Need Your Input

Our aim is to provide you with interesting and relevant topics, as well as top-notch guest speakers. We're passionate about giving helpful solutions, imparting wisdom, and learning from experts in other areas too!

We kindly invite you to reach out and share your thoughts, concerns, or connections with us via email, Facebook comments, or Instagram messages. We’d love to hear from you so don’t hesitate!

What To Expect Next?

Join us in the upcoming episode of our "All Things Sensory" podcast, where we will explore fundamental aspects of sensory integration and discuss cutting-edge breakthroughs & research within this field. Tune in to learn about how your body and mind work together for optimum functioning!

Brought To You By Harkla

This podcast is brought to you by Harkla.  Our mission at Harkla is to help those with special needs live happy and healthy lives. We accomplish this through high-quality sensory products, child development courses


While we make every effort to share correct information, we are still learning. We will double check all of our facts but realize that medicine is a constantly changing science and art. One doctor / therapist may have a different way of doing things from another. We are simply presenting our views and opinions on how to address common sensory challenges, health related difficulties and what we have found to be beneficial that will be as evidenced based as possible. By listening to this podcast, you agree not to use this podcast as medical advice to treat any medical condition in either yourself or your children. Consult your child’s pediatrician/ therapist for any medical issues that he or she may be having. This entire disclaimer also applies to any guests or contributors to the podcast. Under no circumstances shall Rachel Harrington, Harkla, Jessica Hill, or any guests or contributors to the podcast, as well as any employees, associates, or affiliates of Harkla, be responsible for damages arising from use of the podcast.

Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases. However, this does not impact our reviews and comparisons. We try our best to keep things fair and balanced, in order to help you make the best choice for you.

This podcast should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever, including but not limited to establishing “standard of care” in a legal sense or as a basis for expert witness testimony. No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the podcast.

Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC
Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC

Rachel Harrington, COTA/l, AC, CPRCS, and Jessica Hill, COTA/L, CPRCS are Harkla's in-house Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA) and Certified Primitive Reflex Clinical Specialists. They have been working with children for over 6 years in outpatient settings. They specialize in creating easy-to-digest, actionable content that families can use to help their child's progress at home. Jessica and Rachel are the in-house experts, content creators, and podcast hosts at Harkla! To learn more about Jessica and Rachel, visit the Harkla About Us Page. Make sure to listen to their weekly podcast, All Things Sensory by Harkla for actionable, fun advice on child development.

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