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Southpaw continues to work closely with therapists and specialists from all over the country to provide you with the best Sensory Integration and Multi-Sensory Experience products for your child or parent. We are committed to keeping you informed regarding the latest industry trends as well as providing you with information that is timely and helpful. Explore the articles, links, communities, apps, workshops, events and directory listing we assembled with you in mind. And, check back often, as we will continue to keep these resources dynamic and current.
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How Do I Know If My Child Has Sensory Processing Disorder
Sensory processing is used to describe how the nervous system receives information from the body’s senses and then turns that information into a response. When discussing Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), individuals who are affected by this present with disorganized or inappropriate responses. The sensory system is made up of seven areas, tactile, olfactory, auditory, visual, taste, vestibular, and proprioception (sense of body/joint movement and knowing where the body is in space). More
Getting Started with Occupational Therapy
By: Alexander Lopiccolo, COTA
Has your child just been diagnosed with Autism? Don't know what to do? Follow these 10 easy steps to begin Occupational Therapy services to increase your child's independence with daily tasks, problem solving skills, core strength, handwriting, self-regulation tools and much more. Your child will be asking to go therapy because OT is so much fun from the play based therapeutic and motivating activities. More
Please note: These articles are provided as a resource only based on recommendations from the therapists and specialists who wrote them.
- Atlas Foundation for Autism
A great center in NYC that provides educational programming (both part and full time), social groups, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, feeding and mealtime success sessions, Solisten® (Tomatis® sound therapy), HANDLE®, workshops, professional development, parent training, music and art sessions, yoga and recreation groups, and much much more for children, young adults, adults, and parents too!
Online Articles & Communities
- Sensory Integration Global Network – Resources for Parents
- Autism Speaks 100 Day Tool Kit
- Autism Speaks Autism Response Team
- A Child’s View of Sensory Processing – Explaining Sensory Processing Disorder from a Child’s Point of View (YouTube Video)
- Core Strengthening Exercises for Kids
- 7 Tips for Troubleshooting a Special Needs Playdate
- Sensory Rooms Gaining In Popularity
- National Institute for Mental Health
- Reduce the 'Noise' - Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping
- Resources for Military Families
- Academic Accommodation Resources
- Worry Wise Kids
- Estate Planning for Parents of Kids with Autism
- Caring4OurKids - A resource for parents of kids with ASD, CFS, or Fibromyalgia
With so many apps to choose from, we’ve compiled a list of favorites as selected by therapists who use them everyday. Check back often to see what we have added.
- Language Builder - any by Mobile Education Tools
- Any flashcards or games by Kindergarten.com
- Toca Tea Party - any app by Toca Boca
- Pocket Phonics
- Cookie Doodle
- Clean-up - any by Different Roads to Learning
- Artik Pix
- Articulation Station
- Speech with Milo Apps
- Peekaboo Barn
- Where's Gumbo
- Small Talk Phonemes
- Farm Sounds - any by Tantrum Apps
- Toddler Quiz
- Monkey Preschool Lunchbox
- ASL Dictionary 4,800 Signs - as a reference
- Super Duper apps
- Picture the Sentence
- Sound Touch
- Wheels on the Bus
- Word Slapps
- Baby Buttons
- Speech Therapy Apraxia – NACD
- Scene and Heard
- First Phrases
- My PlayHome
The safety of your child is dependent on the appropriate choice of activity to match, yet challenge, their physical abilities. Use appropriate spotting/safety techniques. In addition, the layout of your activity area, proper installation and maintenance of your equipment is critical. Southpaw equipment is not intended for recreational or outdoor use. Under no condition should this equipment be used without a therapist’s proper supervision and oversight.
To find PDF installation & usage instructions for your product, search our database.
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