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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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We received a question from an OT practitioner working in the schools: What are some simple proprioceptive activities that I can do with my students that don’t require a lot of space or equipment?Tune in for a discussion all about proprioception and get some new ideas for using heavy work and deep pressure in the school setting.Make sure to check out all of our links below!We’d love to answer your questions on the podcast! Fill out this form -> https://harkla.typeform.com/to/ItWxQNP3Brough...
Jewelisa Blanks, a respected public speaker and seasoned educator, has devoted her professional life to empowering teachers and students. A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Jewelisa spent over seven years serving in the public education sector, fostering a deep understanding of the field over her ten years of educational experience. Leveraging her knowledge and experience, she has drawn on cutting-edge emotional health research to affect meaningful change within the education syst...
We are answering questions that we’ve received inside our primitive reflex digital course, Assessment And Integration Of Primitive Reflexes For Improved Independence In Daily Activities.One of our favorite things about our digital course is that you can ask questions inside the course, start discussions, and get feedback!In today’s episode, we talk about how to base a treatment plan and goals around retained primitive reflexes, how to test for reflexes when the child struggles with following ...
Dr. Jade Dandy is an Idaho native and fell in love with Naturopathic medicine at a young age. She graduated from National University of Natural Medicine (NUMN) in 2015. Focusing on chronic illness, she earned her Doctorates in Natural Medicine as well as Masters of Science in Integrative Medicine Research. Dr. Dandy is an advocate for her patients’ health journey, integrating western medicine with time-tested natural medicine to bring patients back to optimal health. It is her strong belief t...
Check out our Autism Acceptance Month Sale, now through April 30, 2024 https://harkla.co/pages/aam-saleSave 15% on all sensory productsSave 20% on all digital productsWe recently completed a 2-on-1 mentoring session with a fellow OT practitioner.We discussed some simple activities to do with her young child as well as brainstormed ideas for her teletherapy clients! Some of the topics include: seating accommodations, getting outside, teaching teens about technology, executive functioning,...
April is OT Month and we’re celebrating with a HUGE sale on our digital courses!If you’re an occupational therapy practitioner, you can earn your CE with our courses that are approved through AOTA!Check out the SALE here - https://harkla.co/pages/ot-month-saleSale ends April 14, 2024 at midnight!We received a message in IG asking about Brain Balance and how their company claims to “cure” ADHD.We thought this was interesting, so we wanted to talk about it!There are many things that we don’t sa...
Check out our newly re-launched digital course: Early Intervention Blueprint: Sensory and Developmental Milestones for Infants and ToddlersDesigned for new and expecting parents, as well as therapists and professionals working with children ages birth - 4 years.OTs and OTAs - earn 11 CEU contact hours through AOTA with this digital course!What is regression?Why do some children go through a regression during therapy?Why do some children go through a regression during primitive reflex integrat...
Check out our newly re-launched digital course: Early Intervention Blueprint: Sensory and Developmental Milestones for Infants and ToddlersDesigned for new and expecting parents, as well as therapists and professionals working with children ages birth - 4 years. OTs and OTAs - earn 11 CEU contact hours through AOTA with this digital course!As pediatric therapists, we’re often asked about certain toddler behaviors - Is this ‘normal’? Should I be concerned about _____? Does my toddler have ADHD...
Get ready for an episode full of simple, straightforward activities using one piece of equipment - a hula hoop!We dive into the benefits of this single piece of equipment, why you should have one in your home and multiple in your clinic and school, and then we jump right into our 7 favorite activities using hula hoops!Some of these activities can be done independently while others will need some assistance. These activities can be done with a variety of ages and modified to fit a variety of n...
Our goal with OT when working with pediatric clients is to help the children and their families get through the day easier, learn the skills necessary for ADLs and IADLs, provide emotional regulation tools for all environments that the child is in, and ultimately be successful in all occupations of life that the child wants to participate in.Success is different for each child and each family which is why there’s no one-size-fits all approach when it comes to treatment or discharge.In this ep...
Get ready for an episode full of simple, straightforward activities using one piece of equipment - a yoga/therapy ball!We dive into the benefits of this single piece of equipment, why you should have one in your home and multiple in your clinic and school, and then we jump right into our 10 favorite activities using a yoga ball!Some of these activities can be done independently while others will need some assistance. These activities can be done with a variety of ages and modified to fit a va...
Sami Carrick is a Child Development & Certified Reading Specialist (M.Ed) who shares (research based) tips for busy parents to take a proactive approach to learning and reading in schools by building a really strong foundation in the younger years and really looking at the whole child. She believes that we can prevent a lot of learning struggles and help kids thrive by making some simple improvements in the younger years.Follow Sami on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunnyseedco/Sami...
What is the Pyramid of Learning and why is it important?Williams and Shellenberger (1996) formulated this pyramid of learning and it highlights how sensory integration processing relates to the child’s learning process.This simple visual aide explains how academic learning, daily living activities (like brushing your teeth and getting dressed), even how your child behaves; it all grows and develops from a strong sensory foundation.https://www.smartpediatrics.com/post/understandingsensoryproce...
What are hypermobile joints? Who can they affect? What are the functional implications?We dive into these questions, the research, and some information that will be helpful if your child or your clients have hypermobile joints. We also talk about some of the challenges that can be associated with hypermobility.Things like strength training, swimming, nutrition, and finding the right footwear are just a few of the strategies we talk about. Make sure to check out all of our links below!We’d lov...
We are so excited to introduce you to Jill Gockel, mom of 5, who left the corporate world at the end of 2016 to stay at home with her kids. In addition to raising her 5 kids, she also invests in real estate, has an online business, & is a continual learner.Our conversation with Jill centers around primitive reflexes. She explains how she first learned about primitive reflexes and the results she and her family have seen since going through our digital course.Learn more about our primitive...
What are some things that we often see in infants, toddlers, and school age children that indicate sensory processing challenges?We list out our top sensory processing red flags for infants, including colic, missed milestones, and challenges with feeding.We then list out our top sensory processing red flags for toddlers which include avoiding playground equipment, covering ears for everyday noises, and avoiding messy play.Finally, we provide our top sensory concerns for school age children, i...
What is eloping? When we’re in therapy talking about eloping, it’s when the child runs. They run away from the task, they run away from the situation, or even run out of the building. There can be a variety of reasons for elopement - we dive into these reasons PLUS specific strategies for each potential reason, including: sensory strategies to help calm the nervous system, building rapport and providing positive reinforcement, using visuals, and more!Make sure to check out all of our links be...
We are your podcast DJs and today’s episode is answering YOUR questions!We talk about challenges between young siblings, a 4-year-old Autistic sensory seeker, a sensory-seeking toddler who struggles at bedtime, strategies for a 2-year-old Autistic sensory seeker who will be traveling, and adopted children who are struggling due to drug exposure in utero!Some of the ideas we talk about for these questions are: using emotional regulation tools and sensory stories to advocate for needs; asking y...
Brittyn Coleman is a Registered Dietitian, Autism Nutrition Expert, and the Founder of the Nourishing Autism Collective. She helps parents of children with autism to nourish their kids confidently in a gradual, sustainable way. Through her practice, she has been able to support thousands of parents to expand their child’s diet in a sensory-friendly way and help them get the nutrients they need to feel their best and thrive.Download FREE Nutrition Guide: https://autismdietitian.ck.page/guideJo...
Developmental delays can happen for a variety of reasons- there’s no one to blame and you are not doing anything wrong!We’re going to share some of the typical developmental milestones so you can identify if your little one is on track or a little behind, what you can do to support their development, and who to reach out to and get more help from.We dive into gross motor, fine motor, oral and feeding, speech, emotional, and social milestones. We also give you 2 activities to add into the dail...
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