187 episodes

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.

All Things Sensory by Harkla Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC & Jessica Hill, COTA/L

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 306 Ratings

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.

    #182 - Tips to Help a Child with Auditory Hypersensitivity / Auditory Over-Responsiveness

    #182 - Tips to Help a Child with Auditory Hypersensitivity / Auditory Over-Responsiveness

    Today, we’re talking about auditory hypersensitivity. We explain the auditory system, what it is, and how it works, before moving on to discuss the various signs that might indicate that your child has auditory sensitivities, and the adverse reactions you might see.

    We share some helpful tips on how to support your child with auditory hypersensitivity.

    We also answer listener questions at the end of the episode!
    Want you question answered on the podcast? Send us a DM on Instagram @allthingssensorypodcast

    Key Points From This Episode:
    The auditory system: what it is and how it works.What happens when a child’s auditory system isn’t working correctly. Auditory Processing Disorder: what it is, and the importance of intervention or diagnosis.Signs of auditory hypersensitivity.Recommendations and tools for parents of children with sensitivities to auditory input.The Listening Program.How incorporating auditory input into play activities helps the brain process auditory input.How proprioceptive input helps to override overstimulation.How visual schedules allow auditory sensitive kids to prepare for the unexpected.“Name it, claim it and tame it”: Inform your child, and teach them coping strategies.Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.
    Brought To You By Harkla
    This podcast is brought to you by Harkla.  Our mission at Harkla is to help those with special needs live happy and healthy lives. We accomplish this through high-quality sensory products, child development courses, & The Harkla Sensory Club.
    Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the discount code "sensory". Head to Harkla.co/sensory to start shopping now.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Join The 30 Day Primitive Reflex Challenge, starting in January!
    Harkla
    Harkla on Instagram
    All Things Sensory on Instagram
    All Things Sensory on Facebook
    Advanced Brain Technologies: The Listening Program

    • 28 min
    BONUS - 10 Tips for a Successful Sensory Holiday

    BONUS - 10 Tips for a Successful Sensory Holiday

    The holidays can be stressful - changes in routine, lots of different sights, sounds, and activities, new and different foods, etc. 
    So we’re here to give you our 10 favorite sensory strategies to help make your holiday season a little bit easier.
    We talk about visual schedules, sensory diets, and using your own sensory strategies!
    We also made a fun YouTube video and a Free Holiday Sensory Survival Guide! So make sure to check out the links below! 
    Happy holidays from Rach, Jess, and the Harkla team! 
    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

    30 Day Primitive Reflex Challenge - starting in January
    Holiday Sensory Survival Guide
    10 Sensory Tips for Surviving the Holidays YouTube Video 
    Harkla
    Harkla on Instagram
    All Things Sensory on Instagram
    All Things Sensory on Facebook
    Danielle Delorenzo on Instagram

    • 11 min
    #181 - 8 Myths About Sensory Processing Disorder

    #181 - 8 Myths About Sensory Processing Disorder

    This week on the All Things Sensory podcast, we bring you our very own version of Myth Busters, SPD edition! Listen in as we discuss and debunk eight common myths about Sensory Processing Disorder. Tuning in, you’ll find out what you can say to someone who might not believe that SPD even exists, or if someone criticizes your parenting style because your child is ‘overreacting’. We discuss everything from whether autism and ADHD are linked to SPD and the importance of teaching kids coping mechanisms, to toe-walking and how you can help your child if you, too, have sensory processing challenges. Join us today as we bust some sensory myths!
    Key Points From This Episode:
    How to explain what SPD is to people who can’t understand it.Kids with unique sensory systems who are labeled as sensitive.The stigma that sensory kids are “overreacting” or that their parents should discipline them.Recognition of the three hidden senses and the need for children to learn about them.The myth that kids with sensory processing issues just need to ‘toughen up’.Busting the myth that kids with sensory processing issues lack self-control.The importance of teaching kids coping mechanisms.How ADHD can be misdiagnosed as SPD but is actually completely different.The importance of looking at the child as a whole: not just looking at symptoms but the underlying causes.Discover how disagreeing can be healthy!How to help your child when you, as the parent, have your own sensory challenges.Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.
    Brought To You By Harkla
    This podcast is brought to you by Harkla.  Our mission at Harkla is to help those with special needs live happy and healthy lives. We accomplish this through high-quality sensory products, child development courses, & The Harkla Sensory Club.
    Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the discount code "sensory". Head to Harkla.co/sensory to start shopping now.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    30 Day Primitive Reflex Challenge - starting in January
    Holiday Sensory Survival Guide
    10 Sensory Tips for Surviving the Holidays YouTube Video 
    Harkla
    Harkla on Instagram
    All Things Sensory on Instagram
    All Things Sensory on Facebook
    Danielle Delorenzo on Instagram

    • 26 min
    #180 - Grateful for a Different Perspective

    #180 - Grateful for a Different Perspective

    Since it’s the week of Thanksgiving, we are talking about all the things we’re thankful for. A few weeks ago, we asked you to share with us on Instagram what you’re grateful for, and what you love most about your sensory child, or yourself, if you’re a little on the neuro-diverse side. We got some amazing responses. We talk about how sensory kids look at the world with a different perspective, and how they teach us to do the same. One of our listeners has recently been diagnosed with autism and she shares how her differences are gifts that really aid her in her work as a professional nanny. Tune in to share the gratitude we all feel for our neuro-diverse kids, and the beautiful ways in which they teach us to slow down and notice the details.
    Key Points From This Episode:
    Thanksgiving week: sharing the messages of gratitude that listeners sent in on Instagram.  How sensory kids can teach you to slow down and show you new perspectives.What Rachel has learned about her own diversities since she started focusing on sensory.The joy of extra snuggles from baby wearing.A listener shares how her autism plays out as a strength in her work as a nanny.Rachel and Jessica share what they’re grateful for when it comes to their children, and in general.Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.
    Brought To You By Harkla
    This podcast is brought to you by Harkla.  Our mission at Harkla is to help those with special needs live happy and healthy lives. We accomplish this through high-quality sensory products, child development courses, & The Harkla Sensory Club.
    Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the discount code "sensory". Head to Harkla.co/sensory to start shopping now.
    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Harkla
    Harkla on Instagram
    All Things Sensory on Instagram
    All Things Sensory on Facebook

    • 12 min
    #179 - What is Dyslexia and Strategies That Will Make a Difference with Lori Benson Adams, MEd

    #179 - What is Dyslexia and Strategies That Will Make a Difference with Lori Benson Adams, MEd

    Lori Benson Adams, MEd, is an educational intervention specialist and owner of Breakthrough Learning Solutions in Atlanta, Georgia. She has over 35 years of experience with students who experience sensory, learning, behavioral, and executive function challenges. Lori presents nationally to audiences of parents, therapists, and educators. She is known for her immediately practical information and wealth of knowledge and resources. 
    Lori Benson Adams answers our questions about what dyslexia looks like, how it manifests, and what sets it apart from other reading disorders. She shares how raising a child with dyslexia and dyspraxia ignited her passion for special needs and unpacks what causes the neurodevelopmental condition and the breakdown in phonemic awareness that results in dyslexia. 
    We talk about the methods that work best for dyslexia support, which draw heavily on the visual, and we unpack the foundation necessary to process information. Lori developed a multi-modal program to support her son with dyslexia, and we learn more about the relationship between auditory processing and dyslexia. 
    Understanding that your path doesn’t need to look like anyone else’s is a powerful foundation on which to build the confidence. It’s hard work, but it’s good! Lori elaborates on what this means during today’s conversation and reminds us that those with dyslexia often have an intellect that far surpasses their reading ability. 
    Key Points From This Episode:
    Lori’s background in special needs education.How raising a child with dyslexia and dyspraxia ignited her passion.What dyslexia is, what it looks like, and how it manifests.The breakdown in phonemic awareness that happens in the brain to cause dyslexia. Who is most susceptible to dyslexia.How difficulty rhyming and the inability to remember song lyrics indicates potential dyslexia.The relationship between auditory processing and dyslexia.Which strategies Lori used with her own son; the multi-modal philosophy she developed.How you have to understand how you work before you can ask for what you need.Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.
    Brought To You By Harkla
    This podcast is brought to you by Harkla.  Our mission at Harkla is to help those with special needs live happy and healthy lives. We accomplish this through high-quality sensory products, child development courses, & The Harkla Sensory Club.
    Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the discount code "sensory". Head to Harkla.co/sensory to start shopping now.
    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Lori Benson Adams
    Lori Benson Adams on LinkedIn
    Pyramid of Potential
    Sensational Brain
    Harkla
    Harkla on Instagram
    All Things Sensory on Instagram
    All Things Sensory on Facebook
    The Astronaut Training Program from Vital Links
    The Listening Program from Advanced Brain Technologies

    • 54 min
    #178 - Motion Sickness Toolkit From a Sensory Perspective

    #178 - Motion Sickness Toolkit From a Sensory Perspective

    Motion sickness is caused when your brain can't make sense of the information sent from your eyes, ears, and body. Many of us have experienced motion sickness at some point in our lives and many of us experience it frequently. 
    This episode is full of helpful tips and tricks related to motion sickness! 
    We talk about using a variety of sensory strategies including olfactory strategies, oral motor and gustatory strategies, and of course proprioceptive strategies. 
    We also chat about the vestibular system and completing different programs that may be beneficial for those experiencing motion sickness, including the Astronaut Training Program.
    If you, your child, your client, or someone you know experiences motion sickness or gets sick during movement based tasks, this episode is for you!
    Key Points From This Episode:
    Learn about what motion sickness is.How to use oral motor input and sensory stimulation to overcome motion sickness.Why proprioceptive input like weighted blankets can help with more than just motion sickness.Learn the best multi-sensory processing activities combining movement, vision, and auditory input.Strategies for regulating your nervous system using proprioceptive work.For you to benefit from these activities, consistency is key!Find out how to identify and avoid vestibular overstimulation. Remember, everyone is different!Be sure to check out the show notes on our blog at  Harkla.Co/Podcast.
    Brought To You By Harkla
    This podcast is brought to you by Harkla.  Our mission at Harkla is to help those with special needs live happy and healthy lives. We accomplish this through high-quality sensory products, child development courses, & The Harkla Sensory Club.
    Podcast listeners get 10% off their first order at Harkla with the discount code "sensory". Head to Harkla.co/sensory to start shopping now.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Harkla
    All Things Sensory on Instagram
    All Things Sensory on Facebook
    The Astronaut Training Program from Vital Links
    The Listening Program from Advanced Brain Technologies

    • 23 min

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