Sensory Kids – The Struggle is Real

Sensory processing disorder makes life harder for both kids and parents. As an occupational therapist with two sensory kids, I have some great advice to share on how to cope!

Let’s Play! Why your child needs to play instead of work.

Some children seem to be born ready to play from the moment they learn to crawl. But what if you have a child that doesn’t seem to know how? What if they ask you to play too? What if you feel like your child needs a bit of a push towards play time? Here’s my guide to how, and why, you can create more play in your home.

What to NOT teach your Homeschooler!

We make tons of lists of things we are going to teach our homeschooled children. Everything from reading and algebra to cooking and cleaning is on those lists. We want our kids to learn so much. Here is a list of things they probably don’t need to learn this year.

Kanban your Kids: Chore Charts that Work 

Last week, I decided, again, that I needed a new way to tell the kids to do their chores. My husband thought a kanban board might help, so we gave it a try. Here is how we modified this business strategy to work in our home.

Sensory Needs? Install a swing!

Are your kids missing all the playgrounds? Mine are! Our typical homeschool week tends to include visits to playgrounds. My kids particularly love swinging. But our current situation requires we find ways at home to fill that need.

Sensory Tips and Tricks

While a sensory diet is essential for kids with Sensory Processing Disorder (or SPD), it is actually helpful for everyone. Helping your child get a variety of sensory inputs each day, can make them stronger, more alert, and happier. But, where should you start?

My Favorite Toys — Bop It!

I have a new favorite toy for homeschooling. It gives my kid great sensory input and a fun brain break. Check out why I love Bop It!

Understanding Executive Function Disorder

Have you been told that your child has executive function disorder but you don’t really understand what that means? Problems with executive function can occur in people with ADHD, autism, and other learning challenges and be very frustrating for parents and caregivers to understand.

Is it Neurodiverse or Maladaptive Behavior?

There have been a lot of discussions lately about how we need to honor the neurodiverse brain. And how it just works differently. We are asked to let our children be neurodiverse without labeling their behavior as a problem. But some behaviors are problems. So how do we tell them apart and what do we do about them?

The Joy of Found Lessons

One of my favorite parts of homeschooling is when we randomly stumble into a lesson. I like the joy of learning about something that was not part of the lesson plans and the wonder it creates for my kids. Found lessons involve taking a risk, setting aside plans and learning what life has brought into your day.