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What are the Benefits of Weighted Lap Pads?

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP June 06, 2019

A sensory weighted lap pad is a discreet and functional sensory tool, for both kids and adults, to help with self-regulation. They have become a popular tool for classrooms, as well as families on the go. Learn what the science behind them says about their benefits.
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10 Best Sensory Products for Kids with Autism

The 10 Best Sensory Products for Kids with Autism

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP June 06, 2019 4 Comments

When it comes to shopping for a child with autism, it can sometimes be hard to know what they want. However, if you can combine a sensory product with something your child enjoys doing, you get the double benefit of positive sensory input, as well as fun for your child! Learn our favorite autism sensory products here
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What is Weighted Blanket Therapy?

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP June 06, 2019 2 Comments

Could a weighted therapy blanket benefit you? We look into what exactly a therapy blanket is, what the science is behind them, who they benefit, and how to properly use them. If you want to learn about weighted blanket therapy, this article will cover all you need to know.
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Our 10 Favorite Occupational Therapy Activities

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L June 06, 2019 4 Comments

Occupational therapists need to be able to come up with fun and skill developing activities that not only work during therapy but that parents can take home with them to try. Check out our list of our favorite therapy activities for home or school.
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What Therapy Works Well For Children with Autism?

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L June 06, 2019 3 Comments

There are several therapy options to choose when it comes to treating children with autism. A combination of these therapies, along with early intervention, lead to the best outcomes. Find out whichtreatments for autism are best for what you need.
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Top 10 Gifts for Children with Autism

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP June 06, 2019

Do you need gift ideas for a child with autism? We've compiled a list of the Top 10 Gifts, that are both functional and fun for kids with ASD. We've also organized the toys by price range, so you'll find the perfect one to match your budget.
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Could A Sensory Room Help Your Child?

by Dr. Cara Koscinski, OTD, MOT, OTR/L June 06, 2019 2 Comments

The goal of a sensory room is to provide a safe place where someone who has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) can go when they need to either calm or stimulate their senses. Sensory rooms provide a great variety of activities to help and can meet therapeutic goals. 
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What are the benefits of a weighted blanket for Autism?

by Casey Ames June 06, 2019 6 Comments

Weighted blankets work well for a number of disorders, but what are the benefits specifically for those with autism? Learn what the science says about using weighted blankets for those with autism.
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10 Therapeutic Activities for Children with Autism

by Dr. Cara Koscinski, OTD, MOT, OTR/L May 31, 2019 11 Comments

Check out our list of our expert's favorite therapeutic activities for autistic children. These are easy activities and toys that are easy to begin working into your child's life and can be very affordable to begin!
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The Ultimate Guide to Deep Pressure Therapy

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP May 25, 2019 8 Comments

What is deep pressure therapy (or deep touch pressure) and can it help autism and anxiety for adults and children? See what the science says, as well as how to best get the benefits in your life. We cover everything from deep pressure therapy dogs to deep pressure products.
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The 10 Best Fidget and Stim Toys To Improve Focus in Children with Autism

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP May 18, 2019 4 Comments

Do you have a child or know someone that has autism stimming behavior? It turns out, that simply buying the latest fidget toy isn't always the most effective toy to get them. Read about how to choose the best stim toy for your child in our article.
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Ultimate List of Sensory Toys

The Ultimate List of Sensory Toys

by Dr. Cara Koscinski, OTD, MOT, OTR/L May 16, 2019 4 Comments

Sensory activities can help regulate the sensory system for children and adults with sensory processing disorder. Check out our list that is organized by each of the sensory systems!
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