One way to think of executive functioning is that it’s the CEO of the brain; controlling all the skills required to effectively plan, maintain, and complete daily social and academic tasks. Executive functioning skills, like time management and organization, are essential to a child’s growth, learning ability, and success. These skills develop in early childhood and continue to progress well into adulthood and are important in making a person’s daily life run smoothly. Let’s learn more about the different skills that make up our executive functioning system.
We have 8 sensory systems that help us understand and interact with the world around us. Our sensory systems are: auditory, olfactory, gustatory, visual, tactile, vestibular, proprioceptive, and interoceptive senses. Learn more about each sensory system here.
Writing is a complex activity that can be a challenge for many children, but working on handwriting skills at home doesn't need to be boring. Check out some fun sensory activities you can incorporate into your handwriting practice here.
Although birthday parties can be a great event, they can be overwhelming for everyone involved. They’re loud, crowded, and can be a huge change in routine for kids. Success within birthday party environments involve creating a plan, or two, that incorporates heavy work, deep pressure, and calming strategies. Knowing your child and what sensory integration they need before, during, and after an event can help build the confidence your child needs to successfully participate in birthday parties.
An occupational therapist’s role is to help an individual maintain, regain, or improve their independence and participation in everyday life. But what does this mean when we are working with children since they do not have jobs? Learn more about pediatric occupational therapy here.