Sensory Processing Challenges and Reflex Integration

What does it mean to integrate a reflex? Sensory Processing Challenges and Reflex Integration The primitive reflexes, or primary movement patterns, is a topic area that has generated significant interest and attention amongst allied health professionals. From an Ayers’ (1973) informed Sensory Integrative perspective, the primary movement patterns represent the building blocks for posture, balance, and overall regulation of arousal and affect….
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Tomatis® Convention PowerPoints

I was honored by my invitation to speak at the Tomatis® Convention this past weekend. It was a privilege to be among so many experts and fellow life-long learners. That’s why I’ve made my PowerPoints from this weekend’s presentations available below. If you’re looking for more information on the topics covered in the presentations, I go into much greater depth in my…
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To Wear or Not to Wear Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Many OT’s use noise-cancelling headphones to treat hyper-responsivity to extraneous sound. But this may not be the best long-term strategy. Many clients exhibit hyper-responsivity to extraneous sound. So, it’s no surprise that, in such cases, many suppose the use of noise-attenuating headphones (headphones that muffle or cancel background noise) to be an apt treatment strategy. After all, when treating hyper-responsivity, what could…
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Free Quickshift Webinar Recordings

Quickshifts at Your Fingertips A short introduction to the use of Quickshifts. Learn more about Quickshifts Quickshifts vs. Modulated Music Learn the differences between Quickshifts and Modulated Music in treatment through examples. Learn more about Quickshifts

Misophonia: Extreme reactions to everyday sounds

Imagine that the sound of a close family members breathing made your heart pound or your muscles tense up. What if you felt like screaming and running away at the sounds of friends eating popcorn at the movie theater?

These are some of the strong physiological and emotional responses that those who suffer from misophonia experience. If you are an adult, this may lead to social isolation and the strong need to avoid certain situations. For a child, this may lead to impulsive, aggressive reactions that they nor their parents can explain. The aforementioned circumstances are real examples of the difficulties that the children and adults I work with on a regular basis in my private practice experience. Read More