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
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) affects up to 16% of school aged children in the United States (Zelman, 2014). SPD occurs when an individuals brain is unable to process sensory inputs (touch, sight, smell, sound, movement, taste, body awareness, muscle contraction, etc.) properly and may register as hyper or hypo responsiveness (over or under responsive). It … Continue reading Picky Eaters Vs. Problem Feeders
Children in the United States spend an average of 943 hours per day in a classroom setting in Elementary School (Chalabi, 2014). This number is far larger than the daily expenditure of Asian countries and Eastern European nations, which as noted by BBC News, rank higher than the United States in math and science later … Continue reading Power of Play
Everyday we gain sensory experiences through touch, movement, body awareness, sight, sound, and the pull of gravity. Sensory integration is the brain's ability to organize and interpret sensory information we receive to use it in a meaningful way. Sensory integration provides the foundation for later, more complex learning and behavior. Some Signs of Sensory Processing … Continue reading What Is Sensory Integration?