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Activity and Reward System For Sensory Therapy That Kids Love!

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Psssst! Wondering why it’s been a little quiet around here lately?

Here’s the nutshell version, (though in the future I may post more in depth)…

Over the summer we took our older boys along to an occupational therapist (OT) to talk through a few concerns we were having at home. Following an evaluation it was noted that they both had mild difficulty with sensory processing along with a few other possible challenges. 

This evaluation was so helpful for us as parents in understanding some of the emotional responses we see on a daily basis and how it may be directly related to our boy’s difficulty processing sensory information from their environment. It was explained that ‘having sensory processing difficulties predisposes one to sensory overloads resulting in a decreased ability to handle changes in activities or tasks.’ Phew!

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We’re working together with the OT on short term and long term goals to facilitate and improve motor planning abilities, gross and fine motor coordination, bilateral coordination, impulse control, attention to task, sensory processing, and frustration tolerance. 

We were given an activity suggestion list, with both naturally occurring actives around the home as well as play activities. I was surprised to see that so many of these activities are ones that we naturally see kids do and never think twice. I had no idea that child-play was not only meant for the purpose of fun but plays such a role in cognitive development. So, if you’ve managed to read through to this point, (well done!) if you take anything away from this article it’s this;  LET KIDS PLAY!

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Sensory Therapy Activity Jar

I put together a little jar of sticks with a short activity from the suggestion list I was given. They pick one out when they seem to be getting a little bored, frustrated or over stimulated. Some of these activities include:

  • Sit and spin
  • Snow angels
  • Play Doh
  • Cut out shapes with scissors (or items from a magazine for the older child)
  • Spin marbles around a large bowl
  • Rock on the rocking chair
  • Bounce on mom and dad’s bed

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The Marble Jar

In combination with these activities I made a marble jar reward system. Their positive behavior earns marbles and when it is full they will be able to pick out a reward. (Equally a marble is taken away for negative behavior) As a family, you know what kind of things your children enjoy and they really don’t have to cost the earth if you are trying to be frugal. A few examples include:

  • Stay up an extra 30mins this weekend
  • A picnic in the park
  • Trip to the movies
  • Eat dessert first for dinner

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If the boys are playing together in another room and I hear them help each other out or say something kind etc, they hear the ‘ting’ of the marble drop in the jar followed promptly by a ’YESSSS!’

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Still trying to get our heads around it all. It’s a new world of vocabulary, new parent awareness skills, frequent trips to the OT and some days complete overwhelm! Not to mention, our nearly-two year old at home full time who is becoming busier himself these days :-)  But. This is not about me or my husband alone, this is about our children and giving them what we can for them to thrive in life, not only as nine and seven year olds but as adults, too! The great news is that even in this short time of intervention and occupational therapy we have seen progress.  

This perhaps gives a little insight into why it’s been a little quiet around here the past couple of months. 

Whether or not you are a parent of a child with ASD, ADHD, ADD, ODD, SPD, encouraging one another as parents to love our kids well, where they are at will be beneficial. However, if you suspect your child may be showing various systems of the above, set up a meeting with a local OT who can give personal recommendations.

 I hope your kids respond as well to these activity and reward systems. I would love to build up a good database of blogs for this issue, feel free to leaves comments below :-)

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“Goodbye? Oh no, please. Can’t we just go back to page one and start all over again?”

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“Goodbye? Oh no, please. Can’t we just go back to page one and start all over again?” ~A.A. Milne

Two months today and we’ll be celebrating your two year birthday sweet Mattheus! I can’t help but want to experience your first two years all over again, go back to the beginning. Yep, even those sleepless nights! Your smily, giggly, snuggly self has brought so much joy to our family.  Continue reading ““Goodbye? Oh no, please. Can’t we just go back to page one and start all over again?””

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First Lost Tooth

Joshua got his first visit from the tooth fairy last night after watching all his other friends loose their first teeth for what seemed like FOREVER! It also happened to be the night before his birthday party which he thought was amazing timing!

Of course he was wide awake for hours, waiting on the tooth fairy, which meant the tooth fairy had to be very patient ;-) Made me wonder why we don’t leave out cookies and sherry (I mean a glass of milk!) for her, too? Perhaps time for a new family tradition!

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5 Ways The Faceless Portrait Can Nurture A Deeper Connection With Your Child

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We often think of a portrait as focusing in on the face, the eyes in particular. Yet, as an artistic representation of a person, a portrait can be much more.

What I didn’t realize until recently was the surprising connection to my children that intentionally capturing a faceless portrait could stir in me, particularly in the early years.

Continue reading “5 Ways The Faceless Portrait Can Nurture A Deeper Connection With Your Child”

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Finding Shade In The Summer For Your Best Portraits!

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For most of us, summertime means spending more time out in the sun! Gloriously warm beach days, quintessential summer treats and backyard fun. Plenty of opportunities to capture your family on camera, right? Well, kind of….  Continue reading “Finding Shade In The Summer For Your Best Portraits!”

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Multiple Shots From One Pose

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I’ve had the pleasure of photographing many newborns over the years, (including my own sons) ranging from posed in a studio to lifestyle in the home. Though it is definitely possible to have a newborn sleep through the entire session, the majority of the time you have to be creative and work with the baby in between feedings and diaper changes! And, in some cases, baby doesn’t want to miss out on anything and remains awake and alert the whole time :-) Continue reading “Multiple Shots From One Pose”

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Summer Photography Challenge!

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Are you ready for the SUMMER? Whether you have an action packed summer planned with the family or a quieter, relaxing break around the home, make sure you have your camera close at hand to capture moments that you will come back to over the years! Continue reading “Summer Photography Challenge!”

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Exciting Site Announcement!

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Hello friends!  

You may have noticed a few changes around here! So, after numerous cups of tea and coffee (!) I officially present  C l i c k  M a m a  C l i c k;  the new name and logo for the blog along with FREE portrait photography cheat sheets for you to grab. Coming soon will be the release of an EBOOK which I’ve been excitedly working on in the background. To stay updated, you can subscribe to Click Mama Click, follow me on Instagram or the Facebook page.

Now, it’s your turn…

Either in the comments below or in an email, tell me how YOU want to improve in your photography when taking photos of your family!

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The Art of Motherhood

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A shorter post, but one that speaks true to my heart as we approach Mothering Sunday.

Continue reading “The Art of Motherhood”

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4 Unique Ways To Use Shadow To Photograph Your Kids

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Often times when we think about indoor portrait photography, we think about how to use light. We’re taught to find evenly lit areas and avoid patchy light, which can be unflattering. Like many photographers, I have sought out this soft, even light for the majority of my portrait work, avoiding the harsh and direct light which cause such contrast.

But, what if this ideal light isn’t readily available, especially around the house? Does it mean we call it defeat or wait till the weather cooperates and shoot only outdoors? Continue reading “4 Unique Ways To Use Shadow To Photograph Your Kids”