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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.

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

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8 • 305 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.

    #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
    #177 - Sensory Strategies for Birthday Parties

    #177 - Sensory Strategies for Birthday Parties

    You don't have to be sensory sensitive to feel the effects of a lively children's party, but that amount of sensory input may not be just fun and games for your kiddo. Perhaps they might experience some dysregulation before, during, or hours or days afterward. 
    In this episode, we dive into the huge amount of stimuli that make up the party experience (and there are a lot), and outline the variety of ways these could be affecting your child. 
    Then we talk about some strategies and communication tools you can use to help prepare for the party, including tips for open communication with the host. 
    There are also excellent toys, weighted items and specific clothing that you can use to create your very own sensory toolbox for going to birthday parties. With just a little preparation, flexibility, and honesty, there are lots of things you can do to make the party enjoyable for your little one. 
    Finally, we dig deep into our exciting new Q&A section at the end of the episode, discussing working with a young one who blinks a lot when there are loud noises, as well as taking care of yourself.
    Key Points From This Episode:
    There are many different sensory components at birthday parties.The stimulus from kids' birthday parties can be draining for adults too.Providing various strategies to prepare for these kinds of events.Communicating with your host what you'd like to do to help you keep your child regulated and having fun.What therapy items you could take with you to the party.Providing a social story template free resource for you to download and use.When is a good time to leave?The benefits of using a safe word.Using honesty and adaptability can allow lots of options for an enjoyable party.How to plan and what to provide if you are the host.Q&A section: What to do to help your sensory system as an adult? What does it mean when my little one blinks a lot when they hear loud sounds?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:
    FREEBIES!
    Harkla
    Harkla Blog
    Harkla Podcast
    Harkla on Youtube
    Harkla on Instagram
    Harkla “Sensory” 10% Discount Code
    University of Washington Autism Center
    All Things Sensory on Facebook
    All Things Sensory on Instagram

    • 25 min
    #176 - Everything You Need to Know About Neuroplasticity with Dr. Karen Pryor

    #176 - Everything You Need to Know About Neuroplasticity with Dr. Karen Pryor

    Our brain is an amazing thing and much of how it works is still being discovered. 
    Today’s guest teaches us how using neuroplasticity, we can rewire processing for completely separate senses to overcome difficulty in sensory processing. 
    Dr. Karen Pryor, author of Ten Fingers Ten Toes Twenty Things Everyone Needs to Know: Neuroplasticity for Children, talks to us about why she wrote this book, and how she uses neuroplasticity to overcome challenges. Karen is both a doctor of physical therapy and naturopathy and has qualifications in hypnotherapy - fields that she has fused to create the dynamic approach to therapy that she shares with us in this episode. 
    Join us to learn why it's important to ask parents the right questions, and how to activate kids' spatial awareness. Discover the mechanism underlying neuroplasticity, and why pressing the tongue against the roof of the mouth grounds us. Dive into subconscious processing and find out how to phrase instructions that bypass it. From why she hums but never sings, to practical examples of how she would treat specific patients, you don’t want to miss this fascinating episode that gives us a brief glimpse into the techniques and tips used by Dr. Karen Pryor! 
    Key Points From This Episode:
    How studying hypnotherapy helped Karen understand the subconscious.Hacking the nervous system: what neuroplasticity means.Techniques on how you can include neuroplasticity treatment in your sessions.How to ask the right questions for your patients.Why retained reflexes affect a kid’s aptitude in kindergarten.How OTs can use neuroplasticity in their own treatment.Finding yourself and your patient in three-dimensional space. Why the tongue is so good at organizing the system.Why consistency is key and how to make repetitive tasks feel like fun and not work.What makes Dr. Pryor so passionate about her work.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:
    Ten Fingers Ten Toes Twenty Things Everyone Needs to Know: Neuroplasticity for Children
    Dr. Karen Pryor
    Dr. Karen Pryor Email
    Dr. Karen Pryor on Twitter
    Harkla
    All Things Sensory on Instagram
    All Things Sensory on Facebook

    • 51 min

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My child hasn’t been diagnosed but I know my LO has sensory troubles. We’ve attempted getting answers from the pediatrician but it hasn’t gone well. The tips and information in this podcast has been wonderful. Thank you. Just implementing little things has helped and just understanding better how my child is feeling is a game changer. Thank you!

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