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Motor Planning and Praxis blog post

What is Motor Planning and Praxis?

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC May 13, 2022

What is motor planning and praxis? Well from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed, you are constantly motor planning your movements. Read our article to learn more about motor planning and praxis, challenges with praxis and ways to help support a child who has challenges with praxis and motor planning skills.
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What is multisensory processing blog post

What is multisensory processing?

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC May 11, 2022

Multi-sensory processing is when more than one sense takes in information at the same time. Check out this article to learn all about multisensory processing, challenges that can occur, and ways to help!
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Crawling Blog Post

Why Crawling is a Milestone Your Baby Should Meet

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC April 28, 2022

Recently the CDC Developmental Milestone checklist was updated to remove crawling as a necessary milestone. We think crawling is an important milestone your baby should meet! Read our article to learn why crawling is the foundation for higher level skill development and learn ways you can help your baby master crawling.
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What are fine motor skills?

What are fine motor skills?

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC February 10, 2022

Fine motor describes the activities and skills that involve the hands and fingers, wrists and forearms. Read our article to get a detailed overview of fine motor skills development, delays in fine motor skills, and the best activities to promote fine motor development!
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What are gross motor skills?

What are gross motor skills?

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC February 01, 2022

Gross motor describes the activities and skills that involve large groups of muscles - the arms, legs, and trunk. Read our article to get a detailed overview of gross motor skills development, delays in gross motor skills, and the best activities to promote gross motor development!
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Taste & Smell: Everything you need to know

Taste & Smell: Everything You Need Know

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC December 07, 2021 1 Comment

Taste and Smell, also called the gustatory and olfactory systems, respectively, are two senses that work together to help us experience and learn about our environment! Learn all about these two sensory systems, how being over or under-responsive can impact daily life, and how a sensory diet can help!
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What is the visual system?

What is the visual system?

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC November 23, 2021 1 Comment

Our visual system allows us to not only see what is in our environment but also allows us to process, interpret, and understand what it all means. It’s not just about how clearly we can see but also about how our brain understands what we see, as well as our ability to formulate a response to what we see. Read our article to learn all about it. 
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What is the auditory system?

What is the auditory system?

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC October 27, 2021

The auditory system is how we hear and process sounds within our environment. Sometimes, the way our brain processes these sounds, typically speech, can cause challenges in daily life. Read this blog to learn about how we hear and process information, the challenges that can arise from an auditory processing dysfunction, and how to help your child!
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What is the Tactile System?

What is the tactile system?

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC October 19, 2021

We all know about The Tactile System- also known as the sense of touch. But do you know that some people struggle with tactile processing? Learn about all the tactile system and challenges that can exist. We have the tips and tricks for helping your tactile sensitive child!
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What is interoception?

What is interoception?

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC September 17, 2021 2 Comments

We all know about the five main senses: sight, smell, taste, sound, and touch. Many people also know about two other very important hidden senses: proprioception and vestibular. Did you know there’s a third hidden sense- interoception? Learn all about it on our latest blog post!

 

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What is the Spinal Galant Reflex?

What is the Spinal Galant Reflex?

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC September 01, 2021

The Spinal Galant Reflex is one of many infant primitive reflexes - an involuntary movement pattern that we are all born with. Learn all about this primitive reflex, what happens when it's not integrated, and what you can do to help.
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What is the Symmetric Tonic Neck Reflex?

What is the Symmetric Tonic Neck Reflex (STNR)?

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC August 20, 2021

The Symmetric Tonic Neck Reflex (STNR) is one of many infant primitive reflexes - an involuntary movement pattern that we are all born with. Learn all about this primitive reflex, what happens when it's not integrated, and what you can do to help.
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