I heard a lyric recently that stirred my heart and caused me to worship.Read More
Prayer Word of the Week: Testimony
Evidence in support of a fact or statement; open declaration or profession, as of faith...
Like many Western middle-class individuals, my husband and I after 5 years of marriage decided that we were ready to start our family. We started “trying”, and were elated when we found out in the first month we were pregnant...Read More
1. BUBBLES - the best way to coordinate our eye muscles are to use them to look at targets, especially small moving targets. Bubbles are a universal yes for most kiddos. Give them a small item like a straw or tongue depressor and let them try to pop the bubbles with the end of the wand.Read More
Our visual system has receptors (or nerves that take information to our brain) obviously in our eyes (mainly at the back part of our eye), that give us the perception of color, objects, shapes, etc. When we think of our visual abilities, often we think only of “Can we see?” This is actually just our acuity: are we nearsighted, farsighted, 20/20, astigmatism? But the actual skills that are developed due to the processing of visual information relate more to our visual perception and our ocular motor skills.Read More
Our auditory system has receptors (or nerves that take information to our brain) in our inner ear, which is why it gives us information about sounds that are heard. Sound is understood by our brain at different frequencies from high frequency or high pitch (woman's voice, airplane) to low pitch sounds (man's voice, vacuum cleaner, garbage truck). Types of sound react differently in our ear and is why some children prefer or avoid noisy environments with lots of talking or certain sounds like hair dryer, toilet flushing, etc.Read More
What can I do to help with the development of my child's vestibular system?
There are two activities that are fun to try:
Our vestibular system has receptors (or nerves that take information to our brain) in our inner ear, which is why it gives us information about how our head is moving. Each type of movement activates a different type of vestibular receptor. Types of movement include bouncing up and down (vertically), moving in circles (rotation), moving left to right (horizontally). Because it also tells us how gravity is acting on us (why there is no vestibular input present in space), it also helps us with balance and establishes our postural control (deep core muscles).Read More
One of my favorite activities to do with the kiddos is painting. I feel like you can get them set up and it really takes a surface for them to paint, a throw away sheet (used that old pilled pillow case or even a laminated placemat for easiest cleaning).
We have a 2.5 year old LO1 and a 15 month LO2, so this activity looks different for them but described below are the ways to adapt this from little ones in different skill levels between 0-5 years old:Read More
Our tactile system has receptors (or nerves that take information to our brain) in our skin, which is our largest sense organ as it is present all over our body. There are many different touch receptors in our skin for pressure, touch, texture, temperature, and pain. This sensory system develops first in the womb and is therefore extremely important to our overall sensory development.Read More
Learning toys for this age should focus on motivating children to move and engage their body. Since they are not yet skilled in grasping and manipulating, toys are universally motivating that just require a whole handed grasp (such as a rattle). Toys like a rattle are also motivating because it incorporates sound.Read More
From the ages of newborn – 7 years old, the primary way that we learn is through our senses. It’s why the first year of our life is mainly focused on gaining control of our body and our movement (as we start to move against gravity – sitting, crawling, cruising, and independently walking). Subsequently, this movement becomes more refined and skilled over the next six years. Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing refers to this learning process. It is taking in information about our body and the world around us, developing the perception (or brain level understanding) of this input, and using it to engage with the world around us. By understanding these sensations and what they do for us developmentally, it becomes easier to analyze our child’s preferences, unique development, and what they need in order to be successful in developing their skills.Read More
A common question that I hear from parents particularly of 0-12 month old kiddos, what do I do with them? This question can even become with very little ones, how do I play with them? It can seem daunting particularly as a stay at home mom to figure out what to do with a little one who possibly doesn’t talk or even walk all day long!Read More