Sensory

If you are seeking seamless clothing for adults or children with sensory issues, we have found www.knitrite.com has excellent materials. Therafirm products are comfortable and seamless. Judy McCarter knows first hand how difficult in can be for parents and teachers to understand children withJudy McCarter sensory challenges. Her earliest memories center around too itchy clothes, sicken smells and turbulent car rides. Now an Occupational Therapist  in private practice in Tulsa, OK, McCarter provides solutions to children who face similar issues. As an associate of Behavior Doctor Seminars, McCarter provides functional occupational performance through student initiated motivation and interests, developing adaptive life skills, encouraging health and wellness, facilitating transactional  social  engagement opportunities with peers, staff and others in the community, and improving quality of life through self- advocacy and self- awareness. Her book, written for educators who work with children with sensory processing disorder, is tabbed below in a convenient format for those who deal with sensory challenges. Contact Judy McCarter at functionaltherapy.mccarter@gmail.com
I would like to introduce myself as an associate of Dr. Riffel’s.  My name is Judy McCarter and I have chosen the professional of occupational therapy because of my search for answers resulting from my own sensory processing disorder.  When I was a child, teenager and young adult I used to think I was crazy because the way I processed and interpreted sensory information was different from my family, friends and peers.  READ MORE
Sensory processing challenges can occur as we interpret sensory information either externally from our environment or internally from our bodies. Responses or reactions to our sensory input are a snapshot of how we perceive what our brain has interpreted from the sensory information. READ MORE
What does our proprioceptive system do?

Proprioception gives us information about our body in space.  When you have difficulty interpreting proprioceptive input you often feel disconnected from your body and the environment around you.  Proprioceptive information comes from the information provided when your muscle tendons are stretched.  Proprioception provides us with a sense of force and the direction of movement our bodies is going in. READ MORE

What does our tactile system do?

Our tactile system provides us with information from sensory input that occurs through the skin, muscle, joints and organs.

What can individuals with a tactile challenge look like? READ MORE

What does our vestibular system do?

It provides us with awareness of our body’s relative position to gravity.

What do individuals with vestibular challenges look like?  Individuals with vestibular challenges can appear somewhat off balance.  Sometimes they will lean, hold their body in a rigid position or an unusual position in an attempt to maintain postural alignment or prevent head movement.  They can also seek out movement in an attempt to help obtain information to feel more balanced and calm. READ MORE

What does the visual system do?

It provides us with oculomotor control, eye movements, visual acuity, binocular vision, convergence, divergence and helps with orientation in space.  Our visual system also works with our brains to help with attention, memory, discrimmination, recognition, categorizaton, form constancey, figure ground, visual closure and higher levels skills such as visual imagery and spatial perception. READ MORE

What does the auditory system do?
The auditory system helps to localize sound, lateralize sound, and provide auditory discrimination and auditory pattern recognition. It also works with the visual system to help with spatial mapping.
What do individuals with auditory challenges look like? READ MORE
What does the olfactory system do?
It provides us with the sense of smell and indicates if what we smell is a good smell or a dangerous smell. Our sense of smell is one of most primitive systems and is connected to our memory. It really acts as an early warning detection system to us to warn us against things such as smoke coming from fire, burning hoses in our car, soured milk, and pesticides on our foods and backed up sewage systems.READ MORE
What does the gustatory system do?
It helps us to discriminate our food by taste and not smell. When we are getting accurate gustatory feedback we are able to discriminate between different types or the same textured food such as grape or cherry applesauce. Our gustatory system also acts as a warning system to let us know when our food has gone bad such as milk or meat. READ MORE
What is oral propriocetive input?
Oral proprioceptive input are foods and other items which provide heavy input orally.
What does someone with oral proprioceptive challenges look like?READ MORE
What are fine motor skills?
Fine motor skills are precision skills performed by the muscles in the fingers, toes, eyes and tongue. An example of fine motor hand skills would be buttoning a button or picking up a penny off of the floor. Fine motor skills can be done with the toes making adjustments and keeping balance or equilibrium during walking or dancing. READ MORE
A visual cue was provided just by placing two small door rug/mats in front of the Librarian’s desk. This provides a boundary for the kids to be aware of how close to get to the desk when checking out books.READ MORE
What are activities of daily living (ADL) ?
They are the activities which occur on a daily basis that are required to take care of ourselves. These activities can also be referred to as basic activities or daily living or personal activities of daily living.
What are Instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs)?READ MORE
What does relating to others mean?
Relating to others is the ability to stay engaged or focused on the interactive communication process with others. Interactions occur when communication goes back and forth between the parties. It can be verbal or nonverbal.
What does someone with relating challenges look like?READ MORE
What are quiet spaces?
Quiet spaces are whatever space is determined by the individual to provide a safe, calm and organizing environment for them.
When do individuals use these spaces?READ MORE
What are Therapy Rooms?
Therapy Rooms are rooms which encourage interactive sensori-motor opportunities. They should be as much fun as possible to motivate learning and participation. I want to work in a room that is as much fun for me to work in as in is for the kids. The room sets the mood for therapy sessions and the interactive opportunities.
Who uses therapy rooms?READ MORE
This page is based on ideas that I have enjoyed doing or being a part of.
I hope you enjoy looking as much I have enjoyed doing!!! READ MORE
Awesome Ideas are ideas that I have used with students or patients that have been very effective so I want to share them with you because maybe they can be the solution to some of your problems. I have not found any of these things for sale and have developed them myself. All are made from very inexpensive materials.READ MORE<[/tab]
What are Fidgets?
Fidgets are anything that helps a person to relieve stress, boredom, anger and increase calming, focusing and attending. Look in the other domain areas for additional fidgets. READ MORE
This monster pouch is a great organizational tool and was purchased at Staples. It unzips all the way around and becomes a straight line. It is a fun tool to use since the monster can eat the pencils or your favorite positive behavior support “gotcha” READ MORE[
Do List and Good Things Lists came from Staples. READ MORE
These are just a few samples of what is available on the material download page. All PowerPoints, Booklets, Forms and Tools are available now in one area.