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DIY: How to make a ninja stress ball

This is a wonderful fine motor activity for both children and adults. You will need: 4 Large balloons 1 Plastic bag Superglue Scissors Flour 2 Plastic bottles Start by pouring the flour into the bottle up to the line (about 2″ from the bottom). Tap and squeeze the bottle to help it move. Blow up […]

Sensory smart classroom secrets: Part 2

Mary Kostka is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist specializing in Sensory Processing Disorder at her private practice, ‘Ohana Occupational Therapy, LLC, in Wenatchee and Leavenworth, Washington. At our clinic we see over 100 kids per week with sensory processing disorder. Most of these children have a hard time with the “Big Three Power Senses” of position, […]

Sensory smart classroom secrets: Part 1

(Guest blogger Mary Kostka is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist specializing in Sensory Processing Disorder at her private practice, ‘Ohana Occupational Therapy, LLC, in Wenatchee and Leavenworth.) At our ‘Ohana OT pediatric clinic we see over 100 children per week with Sensory Processing Disorder. Most of these children are overly sensitive to light, visual clutter, sound, and […]

5 reasons why your child won’t sit still

(Guest blogger Mary Kostka is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist specializing in Sensory Processing Disorder at her private practice, ‘Ohana Occupational Therapy, LLC, in Wenatchee and Leavenworth.) There are many reasons why a child will have difficulty sitting calmly in a chair. These are the most common problems I see that cause those wild wiggles!  1) The […]