The Importance of Hand strength for Fine Motor Success

Did you know that it takes 34 muscles to move our fingers and thumb? 17 are located in the palm of our hand and 18 are located in our forearms. The strength of all of these muscles are key component to participating in our everyday lives. It is nearly impossible to count the number of … Continue reading The Importance of Hand strength for Fine Motor Success

Strategies for Sensory Meltdowns in the Classroom

Its that time of year again! Back to school can be a difficult time of year for children as they learn to readjust to routines and expectations in the classroom setting. They are bombarded by sensory stimuli and learning to cope in a bustling and overwhelming classroom of 15+ children! A sensory meltdown often occurs … Continue reading Strategies for Sensory Meltdowns in the Classroom

Self Regulation and Executive Functioning Skills

Executive functioning refers to higher level thinking, that allows children to successfully organize, sequence, and accomplish every day tasks. It is a combination of 8 skills (working memory, flexibility, self control, impulse control, self-monitoring, planning and prioritizing, task initiation, and organization) controlled and managed by the frontal lobe portion of the brain. Children are not born … Continue reading Self Regulation and Executive Functioning Skills