DIR- Developmental, Individual-differences, and Relationship-based Model of OT

DIR. The Developmental, Individual-differences, and Relationship-based model (DIR) is a framework used in occupational therapy practice to enhance child development through forming connections with their caregiver. This model places emphasis on each child’s differences, both developmental and perceptual, and how relationships with caregivers can be used to promote efficient development. Collaboration between all three factors of the framework, D, I, and R, is used to build a foundation for child prosperity throughout the course of their lifespan. Participating in treatment that follows this model works toward broadening the child’s communication style, learning to self-regulate, and enhancing their social/emotional thinking.

Understanding Referrals

As holistic, client-centered, evidence-based practitioners, it feels as though we are both a stepping stone and a bridge, for our families to collect the next pieces of the puzzle. As much as we’d like to say there is a secret “key” or a quick answer, and that we have both of those, we do not […]

Cooking With Our Senses During the Holidays

The holidays are almost here! And what does that mean for many family traditions? FOOD!  Cooking and baking with your child can be a great way to include them in your holiday preparations, and also incorporate a sensory motor experience, as well as fine and visual motor skills into a no pressure fun family activity.    […]

Sensory Friendly Gifts for the Holidays

We can’t believe it is already black Friday again! See our therapist’s guide for favorite games and activities to add to your shopping list this holiday season.

Halloween Tips, Tricks, + Treats!

Certain Halloween activities and sensations that other kids enjoy can be challenging for kids with sensory processing issues. Costumes, crowds and unfamiliar sights and smells can all be triggers. With a little preparation, you can help make Halloween easier and more fun for your child with sensory processing issues. Prepare your child for the holiday […]

After School Relaxation

Happy back to school! Although going back to school can be exciting, changes in routines, spaces, and familiar faces can be tough for many. Many educational programs are now starting to provide movement throughout the day, it is important to keep in mind that many are still expected to remain in their seats, or still […]

Back to School! Tips and Strategies to Ease the Transition

It’s hard to believe that summer is slowly coming to an end! As we begin to move into the new school year, the range of emotions conveyed by our children, parents and even teachers could not be broader. Although there is certainly the excitement of seeing friends and the anticipation of returning back to “normalcy,” […]

The Benefits of Swimming Beyond the Pool

Need a fun activity this summer? Who wants to jump into a cool pool on a hot summer day? Your child  does! Cool down this summer and discover the therapeutic benefits of swimming while your child is  playing in the pool! Since a child’s occupation is learning through play, providing your child with aquatic  play […]

The Benefits of Taking a Walk

Ways to incorporate Sensory Integration into a Walk Going for a walk can be more than just a gross motor activity for your child. There are many ways to incorporate fine motor skills, visual motor skills, and introducing them to new textures while going for a walk. You can even work their brain while also […]

Summer Sensory Integration

Summer is here! It’s time to get outside and encourage your children to hone their skills through play! It is so important for children to maintain and develop their skills during the summer while focusing on gross motor, fine motor, oral-motor skills and exploring various textures. Here are some activity ideas and strategies that can […]