I’d love to share with you my favourite ‘go to’ resources for childhood development, occupational therapy and therapy resources…
Therapy Blogs to LOVE
- Inspired Treehouse – Join the powerhouse team: Claire (OT) and Lauren (Physical Therapist) as they build strong, healthy bodies and minds through play.
- Mama OT – Inspirational OT Christie shares practical and successful tricks and tips for those who care for children.
- Your Kids OT – Sydney Australia based OT, Cindy, is all about providing creative learning opportunities for kids. Her info is top notch.
- Miss Jaime OT – Experienced OT, Miss Jaime, is a TOP resource helping teachers and parents help their kids. You will love this site.
- OT Toolbox – Check out the ‘toolbox’ packed to the brim with resources for therapists, teachers and parents, authored by OT Colleen.
- Can Do Kiddo – Paediatric OT, Rachel, focuses on babies and supporting child development from the get go!
- Pink Oatmeal – Physical Therapist, Chanda, has some awesome resources, especially for yoga fans!
- Your Therapy Source – Here you will be spoilt for choice for quality resources from Margaret, Physical Therapist.
- Passport to FUNction – Mary and Suzanne, paediatric OTs, show you amazing videos and activities that demonstrate how to support your child’s development in playfully therapeutic ways.
- Your Kids Table – Alisha, an OT with an interest in sensory processing and eating/meal management.
- Lemon Lime Adventures – Dayna (mother, educator, blogger) shares some fabulous tips for supporting children with sensory processing difficulties.
- The Spiral Foundation – “The Sensory Processing Institute of Research and Learning – or SPIRAL – Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 by Dr. Jane Koomar and Anne Trecker, and our for-profit sister organization OTA the Koomar Center, then known as Occupational Therapy Associates – Watertown, P.C. Our mission, as it was then, is to conduct research and provide professional and community education about sensory integration and sensory processing dysfunction.”
- Alert Program – “If your body is like a car engine, sometimes it runs on high, sometimes it runs on low, and sometimes it runs just right!” “How does your engine run?”, A leader’s Guide to The Alert Program for Self-regulation (Mary Sue Williams and Sherry Shellenberger)
- The Mehrit Centre – Stuart Shanker – Self-Reg. Their mission: “Calm, alert children, youth and adults flourishing in physically and emotionally nurturing environments.”
- The Wilbarger Approach – developed by Patricia Wilbarger, this is most commonly used by occupational therapists in the treatment of children with sensory defensiveness. It combines education, sensory diet strategies and professionally guided treatment and often, although not always, includes the Therapressure protocol.
- SPD Foundation – STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder – This foundation aims to “improve the quality of life for children, adolescents and adults with SPD”
- Eileen Richter – Eileen is a highly experienced OT, with a wealth of information, resources and support around child develop, sensory processing and much more! Just check out her site!
- Richter Active Integration Resources – Exploring sensory integration
- Patricia Oetter – Patricia is one of the top OTs in the field. Her site promotes: “Behaviour & Learning: Exploring New Dimensions: OT in Action from a Sensory Integration Perspective”.
- Vital Links (Therapeutic Listening)
TOP Sensory Processing Books
- The Sensory Lifestyle Handbook (Affiliate link), How to Create a Meaningful and Motivating Sensory Enrichment for Sensory-filled Days (Colleen Beck)
- Sensory Processing 101 (Affiliate link), Your go-to book for understanding all things sensory (Dayna Abraham, Claire Heffron, Pamela Braley, and Lauren Dobnjak)
- The Out-of-Sync Child, Recognising and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder (Carol Stock Kranowitz)
- The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder (Carol Stock Kranowitz)
- Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration Therapy for Children with Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders (Ellen Yack, Paula Aquilla, and Shirley Sutton)
- Raising a Sensory Smart Child (Lindsey Biel and Nancy Peske)
- Sensational Kids, Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) (Lucy Jane Miller)
- Living Sensationally, Understanding Your Senses (Winnie Dunn)
- M.O.R.E. (Motor, Oral, Respiratory, Eyes) Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions (Patricia Oetter, Eileen W. Richter, and Sheila M. Frick)
- Free to Be Me, a roadmap to rediscovering a child’s world without sensory sensitivity (Hannah Gamble)
“Must Follow” YouTube Channels
- Sensory Digest – Alex, ‘King of Swings’ (COTA) is an inspiration when it comes to sensory integration activity ideas, and all things… SWINGS!!!
DIR® & DIRFloortime®
- The Interdisciplinary Council of Development and Learning (ICDL): The Home of DIR® & DIRFloortime®
- The Functional Skills for Kids team – (Affiliate link) A range of resources for parents, teachers and carers to support children to develop functional skills for life, from the experienced and dynamic team of therapists who collaborate ‘virtually’ across the globe – from the USA to Australia.
- The Handwriting Book – (Affiliate link) Developmental information, tips and tricks for supporting children to develop prewriting and writing skills
- The Scissor Skills Book – (Affiliate link) Developmental information, tips and tricks for supporting children to develop pre-scissor and scissor skills
- Handwriting with Katherine – For everything handwriting related, OT, Katherine has you covered!
- Skill Builders – Therapy services, support, resources galore!!
- Handwriting Without Tears – (suitable for ages: preschool to Grade 5)
Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Tony Attwood
- Interacting with Autism – a video based resource
Facebook Groups to Join
- Sensory Processing Disorder Support
- Sensory Processing Disorder Support – Australia
- Resources for Special Needs Australia
- Raising Children Network – “The complete Australian resource for newborns to teens”
Therapy Product Suppliers
- Sue Larkey
- Richter Air
- Sensory Tools
- Kids Develop Store
- Therapy Bookshop
- Resources At Hand
- Windmill Educational Toys and Equipment
Occupational Therapy Associations
- OT Australia
- British Association of Occupational Therapists
- Canadian Occupational Therapy Association
- OOFRAS Inc – Occupational Opportunities for Refugees and Asylum Seekers Inc.
- The American Occupational Therapy Association
For OTs, OT Assistants / COTAs, OT students:
- The OT Toolbox Community – Online community for professionals to join to access ‘a world of resources’.
- Australian Paediatric Occupational Therapists – A supportive, professional Facebook community for Australian OTs, OTAs and OT students.
- Paediatric Occupational Therapists – American based, global Facebook community.
- School-based Occupational & Physical Therapists – American based, global Facebook community for school related OT practice.
- Ways to Reflect on Clinical Practice (Guest post by Colleen Beck of OT Toolbox for Kids Play Space)