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

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Rachel Harrington and Jessica Hill, are two passionate Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants who answer your questions related to all things sensory, occupational therapy, parenting, self-care, nutrition, and health, from a therapist’s perspective. Providing raw, honest, fun ideas, and strategies, for parents and families to implement into daily life. Great for those who work with children with sensory processing disorder, special needs, autism, and ADHD. This podcast is brought to you by Harkla. At Harkla, our goal is to help those with special needs live happy and healthy lives.
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Having empathy in everyday life is important, but it's also crucial for creating a supportive connection with your child.  What is empathy and how can we use it? We talk about the process of empathizing, and discuss the benefits for you and connecting with your loved ones, while keeping shame and anger at bay. From dealing with a sensory meltdown to other moms who aren't going through what you are, empathy provides us with tools to raise the emotional intelligence of everyone in the room. And, while it's not always easy, empathizing with your little one can create a safer and calmer space for you to come together in difficult moments. By putting on your sensory goggles, you can understand why they're doing something and then assess their needs from there, building rapport and trust in the process. We identify the different types of empathy, chat about managing real-world scenarios, and cover specific language and questions you can use to deepen understanding.Lastly, we love hearing from you so we've started a new section at the end of each episode where we answer your questions! Key Points From This Episode:The importance of teaching empathy for special-needs kiddos who may struggle with it.What is empathy and how it will benefit your mental health and everyone around you?Empathy creates safe spaces allowing you to bond more deeply with your child.As a therapist/caregiver, empathy creates deeper bonds of trust.Using empathy with your little one models and teaches them how to be empathetic.3 types of empathy.How to respond when your child is having a fight/flight response.Specific vocabulary and questions you can use.Empathy allows you to put on your sensory 'goggles' and view the world differently.Naturally creating a pathway to empathy.Safe sensory activities with a little one who puts everything in their mouth.What to do if your kiddo is being aggressive towards a pet.Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.Brought To You By HarklaThis 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, & The Harkla Sensory Club.Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the discount code "sensory". Head to Harkla.co/sensory to start shopping now.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: Harkla BlogHarkla on YoutubeHarkla on InstagramHarkla “Sensory” 10% Discount CodeUniversity of Washington Autism CenterHIPAA GuidelinesThe Sensory ProjectThe Sensory Project on FacebookThe Sensory Project on InstagramAll Things Sensory on FacebookAll Things Sensory on Instagram
Something special happens when a conversation unfolds as a brainstorm between friends. That’s exactly what we do during this episode, with Nicky, a school-based OT with a background in in-patient rehabilitation. We talk about how to identify behavior and sensory related problems, and how going to the sensory room and taking a movement break can serve as useful strategies to help kiddos get back into their bodies. We talk through the role of teachers in facilitating helpful exercises for children, and curating a sensory diet to provide children with the ongoing support they need. We hope you join us to listen in on our chat today!Key Points From This Episode:An introduction to Nicky, a school-based OT in Georgia.How being an in-patient rehab OT compares to being a school-based OT.What her work entails, evaluating kids for special ed services, doing behavior assessments, establishing if something is behavior or sensory related. How teachers can facilitate helpful exercises for children.Sensory sticks as a tool for regulation for breaks throughout the day.The role of sensory diets in providing children with what they need.Babies Can’t Wait, the work she is involved in with birth to three year olds.How sewn weights with beads differ from flexible weights for weighted vests.Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.Brought To You By HarklaThis 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, & The Harkla Sensory Club.Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the discount code "sensory". Head to Harkla.co/sensory to start shopping now.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:The Pyramid of PotentialHarklaAll Things Sensory on InstagramAll Things Sensory on Facebook
Have you ever found yourself sticking your tongue out while concentrating on an activity, like cutting something or backing up your car? That’s called overflow, or overflow-associated movements. Although many of us do it, sometimes overflow can be a cause for concern. In today’s episode, we define what overflow is and give some examples of how it can present itself. You’ll hear about when this would be visible during an OT session, along with what some red flags would be. Overflow itself isn’t an issue, but it can be, depending on the underlying cause. We also discuss how to help children with overflow. Wrapping up, we begin the new Q&A segment of our show, where we answer two listener questions. Tune in to hear it all!Key Points From This Episode:Defining overflow and examples of how it can manifest.Overflow is normal and it is a part of the development process.If you don’t see some overflow during infancy, that might be cause for concern.Some of what we might see during an OT session during fine and gross motor activities.Who struggles with overflow and the reasons they have difficulties.What you can do to help children who display overflow when they shouldn’t be.Listener Q&A:Tricks for children who hate having their faces wiped. How to help children who have meltdowns when they get home after school.Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.Brought To You By HarklaThis 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, & The Harkla Sensory Club.Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the discount code "sensory". Head to Harkla.co/sensory to start shopping now.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:HarklaAll Things Sensory on InstagramAll Things Sensory on FacebookPrimitive Reflex Integration Training
On today’s episode, our guest, Jerrod Brown, talks to us about all things trauma: why it’s imperative for everyone to understand its role, the wide range of forms it takes in children and caregivers, and how the same traumatic experiences can impact people completely differently. We discuss how experiencing trauma without the necessary support robs people of joy, energy, and creativity. You’ll also hear how trauma affects executive function, and why it’s dangerous not to take trauma into account as a healthcare professional. Jerrod explores the role of Adverse Childhood Experiences and toxic stress exposure in development before we move on to discuss all the things we can do to address trauma in the kiddos we work with. Jerrod shares some pearls of wisdom from his own practice, touches on how trauma presents on a cellular level, doles out some practical advice for parents navigating trauma, and points professionals in the direction of some useful resources to grow their knowledge. We hope you join us to learn from Jerrod’s extensive expertise today!Key Points From This Episode:Why it’s imperative to understand trauma and what we can do about it.The most common forms of trauma: from developmental, complex, and cumulative, and repetitive to historical, generational, and single incident.How the same trauma can impact people completely differently. The collective trauma we are all going through as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.Trauma’s impact on sensory processing capabilities through disrupted attachment patterns.What trauma can do to affect self-regulation and inhibition systems?Executive function, trust issues, and problems with sleep that occur as a result of trauma.Misdiagnosis, overdiagnosis, and underdiagnosis that occur if you don’t consider trauma.Symptoms of trauma in children.How Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress exposure affect development.How Jerrod emphasizes teaching resilience through being kind, calm, patient, and curious.How trauma presents on a cellular level: mitochondrial dysfunction.What the allostatic load is and how it affects toxic stress exposure.Advice for parents, starting with seeking professional help and creating stability and safety.Resources for therapists: trauma-based training, ACE training, TEDtalks, and the CDC.Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.Brought to you by HarklaThis 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, & The Harkla Sensory Club.Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the discount code "sensory". Head to Harkla.co/sensory to start shopping nowLinks Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Google Drive Folder with Freebies from JerrodJerrod Brown on LinkedInAmerican Institute for the Advancement of Forensic StudiesThe American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies on Facebook The Listening Program ® - Advanced Brain Technologies 
If your child has tactile hypersensitivities, chances are they struggle with some area of getting dressed or wearing certain clothes. We’re going to talk specifically about how tactile processing affects getting dressed. Our bodies and brains are designed to filter out the unnecessary input of the feeling of wearing clothes, but for people who don’t have a well-modulated tactile system, they can’t filter it out. We break down the signs that your child may be struggling with tactile processing and then explain how this issue can present itself when it comes to getting dressed. We chat about how to know when to be flexible and when to address these challenges. Tuning in you’ll hear about heavy work, proprioceptive input, messy play, and other activities that you can do to help kids with tactile hypersensitivities, as well as specific activities and strategies for kids who struggle specifically with dressing!Key Points From This Episode:How tactile processing affects getting dressed. What hypersensitivity is and how it affects people.How children with tactile processing challenges may feel physical pain with certain textures. Challenges caused by an unintegrated spinal Galant reflex. Signs that your child struggles with tactile processing. Some of the challenges children like this may face with getting dressed.The importance of addressing these challenges when they impact daily life or cause infants to skip developmental milestones.  When you need to address it and when you should be flexible and accommodating. Activities to help your child with tactile processing and modulation, such as heavy work, proprioceptive input, and messy play. Specific activities and strategies for kids who struggle with dressing. Picking out their own clothes, wearing them inside out, and other tips.Vibration as a great strategy for desensitization and how the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol may help.The Listening Program ® by Advanced Brain TechnologiesHarkla course on primitive reflex integration. Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.Brought To You By HarklaThis 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, & The Harkla Sensory Club.Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the discount code "sensory". Head to Harkla.co/sensory to start shopping now.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:#33 - The Power of Touch for the Tactile System #7 - What is the Proprioceptive Sense? Plus Simple Strategies to Provide Proprioceptive Input!SmartKnitKIDS The Wilbarger Brushing ProtocolThe Listening Program ® - Advanced Brain Technologies Harkla Primitive Reflexes Digital Course Harkla Resources — discount code “sensory”
Raise your hand if you’re raising a neurodiverse child. Now, raise your hand if this experience has ever made you question your abilities as a parent. You are not alone! Even if it feels that way sometimes. When you finally talk to another parent who gets it, it can be a powerfully validating experience, which is why today’s guest has created a special resource for moms raising out-of-the-box kids, where they can find support and encouragement from others who are going through the same thing. The On The Hard Days podcast and community was created by Megan Champion, a mother of three, educator of 14 years, and supporter of struggling moms everywhere. As an introvert and recovering perfectionist, she strives to unite mothers all over the world who share parenting challenges and many hard days. In this episode, Megan opens up about her own parenting challenges and why she is doing what she does. We also talk about neurodiversity, the importance of finding positives on the hard days, and continuing to thrive, even when you don’t feel like you can. Tune in today to hear all this and so much more!Key Points From This Episode:Find out why Megan started a blog and then a podcast and how it has evolved over the years.She shares a bit more about her children and her journey of raising a neurodiverse child. Early signs of her son’s sensory processing challenges, ADHD, anxiety, and sensitivity.How Megan struggled with knowing what was “normal” and where and how to seek help.The mental health challenges of raising neurodiverse kids that isn’t often acknowledged.The importance of identifying and focusing on your child’s strengths.How connecting with your children on a personal level builds trust, makes your kids feel valued, and makes you feel capable.Megan shares why she uses the term ‘out-of-the-box’ for neurodiverse kids.Some strategies that have been successful for Megan’s son, including medication.Why neurodiverse children often struggle with making friends at school.Professionals are amazing, but nobody knows better than you; how to advocate for your child.Learn more about Megan’s podcast and her support group community, Mothers TogetherBe sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.Brought To You By HarklaThis 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, & The Harkla Sensory Club.Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the discount code "sensory". Head to Harkla.co/sensory to start shopping now.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Megan Champion on InstagramOn the Hard DaysOn The Hard Days Facebook CommunityMothers Together Support Group CommunityThe Explosive ChildHarklaAll Things Sensory on InstagramAll Things Sensory on Facebook
Haircuts can be challenging, even for those who don’t have sensory processing challenges! From prepping kiddos for the overstimulating environment of the salon to taking along some preferred sensory activities to help them override the noxious stimuli of light touch or vibrating clippers, there are so many ways to make this process a bit easier, but one of the biggest takeaways from this episode is teaching parents, caregivers, and therapists how to communicate with and support the child through what can be a very scary experience. While a lot of it has to do with these great sensory activities and strategies, a lot of it has to do with your emotions throughout this process too. Tune in today to learn more about the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol, therapeutic listening programs, and the benefits of Harkla’s weighted products, plus a whole lot more!Key Points From This Episode:We start with why kids struggle with haircuts, starting with not knowing what to expect.Why salons can be overstimulating environments.Tactile processing challenges and the real fear and pain that can come with them.How tools like the clippers can be difficult for kiddos with auditory processing challenges.The importance of having empathy; put yourself in your child’s shoes.The chemical reaction that happens during a fight, flight, or freeze response.How you can prepare your kiddo for these challenging sensory experiences; tour the salon beforehand or practice at home.Learn how the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol can help with tactile processing challenges.The benefits of noise cancelling headphones, therapeutic listening programs, and metronome activities for auditory processing.Some strategies that can form part of a ‘haircut sensory diet’, like a vibrating hairbrush.Some preferred sensory activities that help override the noxious stimuli of the haircut.Think about creating a special hair-cutting sensory box that your kiddo can pick from.Remember, it’s always an option to do haircuts at home!The importance of staying positive and being a calm source of energy for your child.Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.Brought To You By HarklaThis 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, & The Harkla Sensory Club.Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the discount code "sensory". Head to Harkla.co/sensory to start shopping now.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Harkla Freebies - Scroll to the bottom to find a Sensory Diet for HaircutsThe Listening ProgramAuditory Processing EpisodeHarkla Weighted ProductsHarklaAll Things Sensory on InstagramAll Things Sensory on Facebook
We are excited to offer 10% off of the base package fees for the first 10 people to book by September 30, 2021 using our special promotional code: ALLTHINGS10 - just got to the SENSE-ational Spaces website, linked below! Imagine your home, or the school you work in, has a dedicated space for children with sensory needs or a purposeful space for children without special needs. SENSE-ational Spaces is the company looking to meet this increasingly pressing need. The company’s founders, Alexi Le Claire and Marlee O. are Pediatric Occupational Therapists with a passion for family-centered care, and have channeled this enthusiasm into their incredible business. Alexi and Marlee shed light on the services they provide and the collaborative approach that underpins what they do. So often, parents or teachers have so much equipment but they don’t know how to use it, which is where Alexi and Marlee come in; they can do it all! We hear about how to pay for these services, the fulfillment Alexi and Marlee feel from this passion project, and the encouraging growth of OT entrepreneurs. We are so immensely excited about what SENSE-ational Spaces has to offer, and we have no doubt they will go from strength to strength as they head into the future. Tune in to hear it all!Key Points From This Episode:Where Alexi and Marlee are from, their occupations, and how they came to start SENSE-ational Spaces. A look at the services SENSE-ational Spaces offers. How long Alexi and Marlee typically spend on a project. The satisfaction Alexi and Marlee feel when they see the reactions of the children. Covering the costs of SENSE-ational's services. The encouraging developments in the OT-entrepreneurial space. Places, aside from homes, where Alexi and Marlee create sensory-friendly spaces. How Alexi and Marlee adapt their offerings for schools. The biggest challenges Alexi and Marlee face in their business. Where Alexi and Marlee see themselves in a year. How to connect with Alexi and Marlee online. Final advice from Alexi and Marlee. Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.Brought To You By HarklaThis 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, & The Harkla Sensory Club.Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the discount code "sensory". Head to Harkla.co/sensory to start shopping now.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:SENSE-ational SpacesSENSE-ational Spaces Email — sense-ationalspaces@gmail.comSENSE-ational Spaces on InstagramMinnesota School-Based OT / PT Institute Alexi Le ClaireMarlee O HarklaAll Things Sensory on InstagramAll Things Sensory on Facebook
In today we dive into the benefits and uses of free play! Discover what it means to engage in free play and how to facilitate it in easy, fun activities with your kids. Learn about the skills children can develop during free play, from an increased attention span to building the capacity to negotiate with other children. We break down why a combination of structured play and free play is great for your child’s development as well as some tips on how to find a balance. Later, we discuss why some children might struggle with free play and offer suggestions on how to slowly introduce helpful games and activities into their lives. We share some of our favorite tips, tricks, and activities for free play, like putting together a sensory bin or using a choice board for when children express boredom. Join us today for plenty of insights into free play, like why boredom can be a good thing for your kids and how to incorporate clean-up into playtime!Key Points From This Episode:Why it’s valuable for children to experience boredom, free play, and structured activities.How babies and young children have a natural instinct to learn and grow.The tremendous amount of language and learning skills that babies develop within a short period of time.How having fewer toys can increase a child’s attention.Our hosts share some of the definitions of free play.Children’s capacity to learn negotiating skills when they engage in free play with one another.What children gain from engaging in free play that they can’t necessarily learn from other activities.The importance of having a combination of structured play and free play.The children who might struggle with free play.Our hosts share some of their favorite free play activities.Tips on how to construct and utilize a sensory bin.The value of toys that have a variety of uses.How cleaning up factors into free play activities.An outline of activities that will improve praxis, namely knowing what to do and how to do it.Tips, tricks, and activities to do when a child expresses boredom.Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.Brought To You By HarklaThis 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, & The Harkla Sensory Club.Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the discount code "sensory". Head to Harkla.co/sensory to start shopping now.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Free To PlayHunt, Gather, ParentEpisode 157: What is Constructional Praxis and Why is it Such an Important Skill?Episode 37: Motor Planning & Praxis AbilitiesHarklaAll Things Sensory on InstagramAll Things Sensory on Facebook
We are joined by a very special guest from Australia! Kirstie Wishart is a teacher, sensory educator, educational consultant, and founder of the Starfish Store, an education sensory and specialized store based in NSW, Australia. Starfish offers one-on-one tutoring for people of all ages who struggle with learning disabilities. They also carry Harkla products! She talks about raising four sons, one of whom is dyslexic, while working in special education. You’ll hear Kirstie break down how she teaches functional maths to students as well as some of the products she sells at Starfish and how she uses them with her students. Kirstie describes how the Harkla Hug and Shmoosho products helped her tremendously with one of her students. We discuss the gap between sensory teaching and the undergraduate education that teachers receive and what Kirstie’s hopes are for the future of sensory learning. Kirstie shares her advice for other teachers and why she believes podcasts are a meaningful and effective way of spreading good information.Key Points From This Episode:Five secret questions with Kirstie: nosebleeds, desserts, books, tech-free activities, and more!Kirstie’s work as a teacher and how one of her children was diagnosed with dyslexia.The story of Starfish Store.How she provides people with learning disabilities with one-on-one tutoring.Oher initiatives she is involved with, like children in the foster care system.How Kirstie teaches functional maths.Products that she offers in the Starfish store.How Kirstie found Harkla’s products.How the Harkla Hug and Shmoosho products helped her in teaching one of her students.Harkla's plan to create a course for sensory strategies in the classroom.How to educate teachers on how to use sensory strategies in the classroom.The one-on-one shopping assistance Starfish adapted during COVID.Kirstie’s experience with scammers during COVID and how it affects shipping and payment.Her plans for producing more of their own resources!Kirstie shares her primary advice with listeners.Find out how our hosts keep themselves energized and what their plans are for the future. Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.Brought To You By HarklaThis 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, & The Harkla Sensory Club.Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the discount code "sensory". Head to Harkla.co/sensory to start shopping now.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Kirstie Wishart LinkedInStarfishStarfish FacebookStarfish InstagramHarkla HugCompression swingSmooshoHarklaAll Things Sensory InstagramAll Things Sensory Facebook
The developmental milestones in the first 12 months of life are widely spoken about, but there are equally important, yet often overlooked, sensory milestones to be aware of. In today's episode, Rachel and Jessica explore the different sensory systems: auditory, visual, tactile, and more! We hear about the key developmental markers of each of these systems, along with some red flags to look out for. Rachel and Jessica also share some easy-to-implement activities for each of the sensory systems so that you can expose your baby to as much as possible early in life. It can seem like there is an overwhelming amount to do and look out for, but these are all simple things which you can incorporate into your daily routine. Sensory processing and integration is such a critical part of daily functioning and overall well-being, which is why it is vital to ensure that you integrate a range of activities into your baby's life as early on as possible.  Key Points From This Episode:Developmental milestones are not the only important milestones.What a sensory system is and how it impacts all aspects of our lives.Why it is important to start sensory integration activities early on.What the auditory system is and a look at how it develops over the first year of a baby's life.Red flags when it comes to auditory system functioning.Some auditory sensory integration activities to do in the first 12 months of a baby's life.How the visual system develops over the first year and related red flags.Activities to stimulate your baby's visual system.The importance of exposing your baby to a variety of places.What the tactile system is and the different milestones over the first 12 months.Important tactile-related red flags to look out for.Key activities you can do with your baby to help their tactile sensory system.Insights into what the vestibular system is and the key milestones.Vestibular system development red flags.How to activate your baby's vestibular system.A look at the oral system and the crucial developmental milestones.Some activities you can incorporate into your baby's routine to help their oral system.Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.Brought To You By HarklaThis 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, & The Harkla Sensory Club.Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the discount code "sensory". Head to Harkla.co/sensory to start shopping now.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:STAR InstituteAdvanced Brain TechnologiesLoveveryHarklaAll Things Sensory on InstagramAll Things Sensory on Facebook
Everyone knows the feeling of exhaustion that follows a few nights of poor sleep. For children and adults with sensory processing disorder, lack of sleep is a frequently occurring phenomenon which negatively affects the whole human ecosystem that surrounds them. Through gaining an understanding of his own sensory quirks, as well as his close friendship with a boy with Down Syndrome, Caleb Polley was inspired to found Cubby Beds, a company that makes medical beds of a very special kind. You’ll hear about the numerous features that differentiate Cubby Beds from other beds in their category, including safety sheets and circadian rhythm lights. Caleb explains how the company goes the extra mile for their clients by helping them access insurance, and shares his exciting plans for the future to further enhance sleep, safety and sensory regulation for a demographic group often sidelined by society. Key Points From This Episode:Caleb explains what his company, Cubby Beds, does and the motivation behind it.How Cubby Beds differentiates itself from other companies making medical devices of a similar kind.Hear about the inclusive model that Cubby Bed has adopted. Safety, sleep, sensory regulation; the three main issues that the Cubby Bed addresses.The broad ecosystem of people who are affected when a child isn’t sleeping well.A rundown of the physical features that the Cubby Bed consists of. Technological elements which enhance the safety of the Cubby Bed. Adjustments that can be made to the Cubby Bed depending in the individual.How the Cubby Bed is designed for ease of transport.Time period that you can expect for setting up the bed, and an explanation of how this is done.How the Cubby Bed team helps make the insurance process as seamless as possible, and the critical role that is played by OTs in this process.The silver lining that exists for families who are unsuccessful in acquiring a Cubby Bed through insurance.Short and long-term plans that Caleb has for the future of Cubby Beds. Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.Brought To You By HarklaThis 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 and child development courses.Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the discount code "sensory". Head to Harkla.co/sensory to start shopping now.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Cubby BedsCubby Beds Email AddressCubby Beds Contact Number - (855) 964-2664Cubby Beds on InstagramCubby Beds on FacebookBusiness Wars PodcastPosey BedsNational Seating and MobilityNew MotionHarklaAll Things Sensory on InstagramAll Things Sensory on Facebook
Surprise, surprise: all living human beings have a sensory system! You may have known that, but did you know that almost everything you experience in your daily life has sensory input of some kind? The simple act of waking up in the morning can entail the use of all eight of your senses, from auditory to tactile to vestibular. In today’s episode, you’ll receive a rundown of some of the countless sensory inputs that your system is receiving throughout a typical day. Some people’s sensory systems aren’t able to cope with so much input, or certain types of input, and it’s so important to become aware of what inputs may be causing distress to you and your child. Key Points From This Episode:An introduction to today’s topic which focuses on sensory systems (which every single one of us has).Sensory activities consist of much more than you may realize. The numerous benefits of sensory activities. Visual and auditory input you are likely to receive when you wake up in the morning.Examples of tactile input.How you can tell if your interoception system is working properly.Types of inputs that wake up your olfactory system. Activities which target your vestibular system.Proprioception; you may be surprised at how often this system comes into play.Problems that people can experience when they have an underdeveloped sensory system. The importance of figuring out which sensory inputs you are struggling with.Common misdiagnoses that are actually just the result of a sensory overload. Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.Brought To You By HarklaThis 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 and child development courses.Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the discount code "sensory". Head to Harkla.co/sensory to start shopping now.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:HarklaAll Things Sensory on InstagramAll Things Sensory on FacebookHarkla Article: Sensory Processing DisoderHarkla Article: Sensory Products for Adults
Today we are welcoming back the very first guest we ever had on this podcast, Gabriel Moreno! The world is suffering from a loneliness epidemic, and through Game Changers Idaho, Gabe is on a mission to remedy this by providing a sense of belonging through various sports programs. His optimism and enthusiasm are infectious and his mission “to find those who seek to spread goodness so that others may be fulfilled” is one that we can fully get behind. Gabe explains what Game Changers is, how it is positively impacting children from a diverse range of backgrounds and abilities, and how the families in their programs give back in their own way. Enhancing the quality of life of others makes one's own life better, and Gabe and his numerous volunteers can all attest to that fact. Since this is the All Things Sensory podcast, we also discuss how Gabe ties sensory elements into the Game Changers programs, and he even lets us in on his own sensory quirks! Key Points From This Episode:The value in sitting and doing nothing. A brief explanation of what Gabe’s full-time job, and his side project, entail. How helping others also helps you. The loneliness epidemic, and how Game Changers Idaho is on the road to remedying it. Who Game Changers is aimed at. Beauty that lies in diversity.Various programs that are part of Game Changers, and the people who run them. “To find those who seek to spread goodness so others may be fulfilled” - the Game Changers mission statement. Why Gabe does not plan to expand Game Changers beyond Treasure Valley.Gabe shares some of the most special moments he has had with Game Changers.The value that Game Changers provides to parents. Where Gabe draws his inspiration from. Experiences that Gabe has had working with other adaptive sports programs, and how Game Changers differs from these. How the Game Changers community gives back to others. Where you can sign up for, or donate to, Game Changers.Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.Brought To You By HarklaThis 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, & The Harkla Sensory Club.Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the discount code "sensory". Head to Harkla.co/sensory to start shopping now.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Game Changers IdahoGame Changers Idaho on FacebookGame Changers Idaho on InstagramLove Does by Bob GoffEverybody Always by Bob GoffHarklaAll Things Sensory on InstagramAll Things Sensory on Facebook
There are a multitude of factors that impact children’s abilities to thrive in their daily lives. In this episode, Rachel and Jessica run through a few of the main ones; nutrition, physical activity, sleep, stress, and primitive reflexes. They share some useful advice for therapists and parents regarding how to help their children maximize benefits and minimize harm, one step at a time. The overall theme is the importance of focusing on the body as a whole, and addressing underlying causes rather than just treating the symptoms. Remember, just because something is common, doesn’t mean it’s okay! Rachel and Jessica also discuss what the ACE score is, and why it is valuable for everyone to see a therapist. In order for a human to develop optimally, their foundations need to be strong, and after this episode you’ll have a clearer understanding of how to nurture the building blocks of the kiddos in your life! Key Points From This Episode:What The Pyramid of Potential consists of.How human development is similar to a growing tree. The correlation between energy and nutrition.Food related conversations that are helpful to have with children. Possible links between gut dysbiosis and cradle cap.Just because something is common doesn’t mean it’s normal.The importance of ensuring that children have enough sensory input and physical activity in their day.Various reasons why your child may not be getting enough good sleep, and examples of how you can resolve this.Types of stress that kids experience.How to tell if your child is in a state of fight or flight.An argument for keeping your children's interaction with electronics to a minimum.What the ACE score is and the unsettling trend that research on this topic is showing.Why it is beneficial to see a therapist even if you don’t feel like anything is wrong.Trauma that can be connected to a child’s birth experience.Primitive reflexes; what they are and why they are so important to take note of.Improvement through baby steps is the way to go. Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.Brought To You By HarklaThis 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, & The Harkla Sensory Club.Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the discount code "sensory". Head to Harkla.co/sensory to start shopping now.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:The Pyramid of PotentialHarklaAll Things Sensory on InstagramAll Things Sensory on Facebook
What does it mean to live life in rhythm? Rhythm is something that is all around us, it’s in seasons of the year, heartbeats of our bodies, modulations of our speech, it’s even in our breath. In today’s episode we get together with Jorge Ochoa to talk about his work as an Occupational Therapist and musician and how he has been able to combine them by establishing TamboRhythms. Jorge recounts the many ways that drumming benefits young children, from having a positive effect on one's mood to teaching social-emotional skills like sharing, impulse control, and improving attention span. He also shares deeply affecting stories of children with special needs responding to the drumming practice in surprising and beautiful ways. Jorge talks about the connective power of drumming and how it can help adults in a myriad of ways, from easing symptoms of depression and anxiety to supporting the emotional health of cancer patients. We learned so much from having Jorge on the show. We even had a mini jam session! Key Points From This Episode:Jorge's work as both an Occupational Therapist and drummer.Research-based program, HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drumming, and its ability to decrease stress at the DNA level and improve mood states.How TamboRhythms bridges the gap between Occupational Therapy and drumming.A story about a student who had a traumatic brain injury and how he used drumming as an aid to soothe her.Another story about how, through an inclusive drum practice, a child with autism exhibited very encouraging new behavior.Working with rhythm as an excellent way to teach social-emotional skills.How rhythm can help facilitate memory.How Jorge adapted his work to be virtual due to the COVID 19 pandemic.How Jorge’s work with drumming was able to help calm and soothe a friend going through cancer treatments.The ways drumming can benefit adults, including those who struggle with depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems.How Jorge’s class focuses on connection, rather than pressure to perform.How drumming has helped Jorge in his life as a grounding experience.Jorge does a mini jam session with our hosts that you can join in on!Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.Brought To You By HarklaThis 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, & The Harkla Sensory Club.Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the discount code "sensory". Head to Harkla.co/sensory to start shopping now.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:TamboRhythmsTamboRhythms on TwitterTamboRhythms on YoutubeTamboRhythms on FacebookTamboRhythms on Instagram'60 BPM Relaxing Conga Drumming Video'HarklaAll Things Sensory on InstagramAll Things Sensory on Facebook
“Why does my child chew on everything to the point of soaking their shirt and ruining objects?” - “How do I help a child who grinds their teeth constantly?” - “Will my child grow out of oral seeking tendencies?”If you have asked yourself any of these questions, then today’s episode is for you! Today we tackle the subject of oral seeking. We get a lot of questions from parents whose kiddos seek oral input. Today we break this down!From chewing/sucking non-food items to grinding teeth, overstuffing while eating, biting, making excessive noise, drooling, or displaying poor feeding skills, we talk about how to identify an oral sensory seeker. You’ll find out why your child does this and give you some new things to try that could make all the difference. We give you games, tools, and activities to help oral sensory seeking people in different phases of life get the oral input they need. We discuss how to create a verbal/visual cue to remind your child of alternative options to chewing their hair, clothes, or other items, and we provide some advice on how to replace socially unexpected behaviors with expected behaviors. Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.Brought To You By HarklaThis 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, & The Harkla Sensory Club.Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the discount code "sensory". Head to Harkla.co/sensory to start shopping now.Key Points From This Episode:An introduction to some of the questions our hosts get asked about oral input. Insight into why kids are hyposensitive or under-responsive to oral input. How oral seeking tendencies relate back to infancy and how oral input is very calming. How to identify an oral sensory seeker.The importance of giving a child as much oral input as possible, early as possible. A breakdown of games and activities to help oral sensory seeking babies and toddlers.How using a mirror may help school-aged kiddos who have poor control while eating. A list of safe chew items appropriate for school-aged kiddos. How to give kids the independence to know when they need oral input and ask for it.  Oral motor games for school-aged kiddos. Chewing gum and sour spray.Providing more input during mealtimes.How to create a verbal/visual cue to remind your child of alternative chewing options.Toys, items, and activities that could help kids get that oral input. The importance of talking to your child about why they are doing it and what they’re feeling when they’re doing it. Replacing socially unexpected behaviors with expected behaviors. Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Ark’s Z-vibe  Warheads Super Sour Spray CandyHarkla Harkla on InstagramAll Things Sensory on InstagramAll Things Sensory on Facebook
Our episode today is all about a holistic approach to psychology! To help us broach this extensive subject, we got together with Dr. Lori Baudino to unpack the intricacies of the mind-body connection. Dr. Baudino is a licensed clinical psychologist, a board-certified dance movement therapist, and a mother of two. She shares what she has learned from her work as a psychologist from working with children in private practice, as well as in a hospital setting for over a decade. Lori expands on her integrative approach to psychology and how movement and dance have informed her studies and work throughout her life. She has adapted her practice to be entirely virtual in response to COVID and advocates for working collaboratively with the entire family. Lori talks about her experience with motherhood, how her work has positively informed her relationship with her children, and how they understand each other. She is also the author of Super Flyers: A Parent Guidebook for Airplane Travel with Children and has a second book coming out soon! We learned so much from our conversation with Lori and are huge fans of her work. Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.Brought To You By HarklaThis 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, & The Harkla Sensory Club.Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the discount code "sensory". Head to Harkla.co/sensory to start shopping now.Key Points From This Episode:Lori talks about her work as a clinical psychologist and her integrative approach to the mind and body.The importance of the mind-body connection!What our bodies communicate about our inner lives and how Lori uses this knowledge in her work, particularly with children.How Lori incorporates play into her sessions with kiddos.How Lori’s work has influenced her approach to motherhood.How working with medically fragile children prepared Lori for parenthood. Lori’s experiences with parents reluctant to be open about their children’s diagnosis.Why it’s necessary to consider the whole child and their context instead of labeling them with a diagnosis prematurely.How a diagnosis can help you understand an asynchronistic child’s behavior.Lori’s book Super Flyers and how it helps parents travel with children on planes.The Collaborative Health Summit and what Lori gained from attending.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Dr. Lori BaudinoDr. Lori Baudino on LinkedInDr. Lori Baudino on YouTubeDr. Lori Baudino on InstagramDr. Lori Baudino EmailSuper Flyers: A Parent Guidebook for Airplane Travel with ChildrenHarklaAll Things Sensory on InstagramAll Things Sensory on Facebook
Did you know Amazon's big sale, Prime Day is next week, June 21st and 22nd?While small, family-owned businesses like ours can sell products on Amazon, Amazon takes a big chunk of each sale from us.So, while Amazon has its sale next week, we're going to have our own sale at Harkla called (Anti) Prime Day where we'll have a big discount equal to the amount Amazon takes from us on sales.Click here to be notified of our biggest sale this summer:https://harkla.co/primeIn today’s episode, Rachel and Jessica have a look at constructional praxis, the neurological process by which cognition directs motor action. In their conversation, they discuss what it is, how kids engage with it, and how parents can facilitate learning in children. There are four areas of praxis, namely motor planning, execution, feedback, and adaptation. More specifically, construction praxis is the ability to draw, copy, or manipulate spatial patterns or designs. You’ll hear about the various ways that kids engage in constructional praxis, like when they draw or play with Legos, and how they can engage in these activities by either copying, executing an original idea, or following auditory instructions. Our hosts share their favorite games for facilitating constructional praxis with kids, including some original DIY hacks for keeping things fresh. For all this and more, join us today!Key Points From This Episode:The definition of constructional praxis.The four areas of praxis.Examples of constructional praxis, like doing drawing or building with Lego pieces.The different ways a child can draw or build with legos by either copying, building an original idea, or following auditory instructions.How children engage in constructional praxis at different ages, from interacting with objects and container play as infants or toddlers to practicing math in school.Imitating others and how it’s part of constructional praxis.Games for facilitating descriptive language skills and constructional praxis.Examples of how constructional praxis is applied in adult life, like balancing a budget, gardening, or taking care of animals.How parents can engage in play with their children to facilitate constructional praxis.This podcast is brought to you by Harkla.  Our mission at Harkla is to help those with special needs live happy and healthy lives. Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order with the code "sensory". Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:All Things Sensory: Episode 37All Things Sensory, Primitive Reflex Podcast Series: Episode 100-104JengaPictionaryLincoln LogsMarble MazeHarklaAll Things Sensory on InstagramAll Things Sensory on Facebook
This episode is all about hand-eye-body coordination! To help us unpack this exciting and important subject, we have none other than Dr. Jacob Weiss, who is the Director of the HandEyeBody Academy! We talk about how he got started, his magical history as a professional juggler, and unpack how hand-eye coordination can be utilized for different contexts and issues. Jacob also situates his work in the realm of similar strategies, commenting on Bal-A-Vis-X specifically, and the founding principles of what he does, focusing on fun and novelty. One of Jacob's main aims is to empower trainers and teachers to spread the methods he has developed. This sharing and collaboration is a key part of how our guest envisions positive change. We hear about some of Jacobs amazing first hand success stories, and examples from the classroom. Our chat ends thinking about the near future for the Academy and how to get involved!Key Points From This Episode:Jacob's role at the HandEyeBody Academy and how he got started. The time that Jacob spent as a professional juggler! The importance of hand-eye coordination in different contexts and age groups.  Therapeutic activities that Jacob uses and has developed for a range of abilities.   Comparing Jacob's methods to other similar approaches and how combinations can help. Focusing on fun and novelty - how this helps influence the mindset when learning. 'Training the trainer': the emphasis that Jacob puts on educating coaches and therapists.The wide array of interdisciplinary training available online at HandEyeBody Academy.  Challenges that Jacob has faced in his work, and recently, during the pandemic. Examples of simple and fun exercises for the classroom!  How Jacob incorporates his methods in his own home with his young daughter.The next steps for HandEyeBody Academy; bringing in more personnel and developing a specific ball kit.  Where to find and connect with the HandEyeBody Academy online.Jacob's advice to listeners around the important questions to assess value. Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.Brought To You By HarklaThis 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, & The Harkla Sensory Club.Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the discount code "sensory". Head to Harkla.co/sensory to start shopping now.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Dr. Jacob Weiss on LinkedIn HandEyeBody AcademyDr. Jacob Weiss on InstagramVanderbilt UniversityHow I Built ThisBal-A-Vis-XHarklaAll Things Sensory on InstagramAll Things Sensory on Facebook
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Alexa Garza

My first child is a sensory kiddo and this podcast along a few books I've discovered have been lifesavers. I've been so lost, confused, stressed and everything else you could think of. these ladies are amazing at explaining all the things.

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Becky

Love this podcast

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Rachel Walker

I love that I found this podcast!! I’m currently attending school for pediatric occupational therapist assistant.

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