The Sensory Project
By Rachel Harrington and Jessica Hill
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Rachel Harrington, a pediatric Occupational Therapy Assistant and owner of The Sensory Project, along with Jessica Hill, a pediatric Occupational Therapy Assistant, health coach entrepreneur, and mother, answer your questions related to all things sensory, occupational therapy, parenting, self-care, nutrition, and health, from a therapist’s perspective. Providing raw, honest, fun ideas, and strategies, for parents and families to implement into daily life.
||CleanAuditory Processing||Hi friends! Thanks for joining us today while we talk about all things auditory! As always, we will talk about the auditory system, what it looks like when a child has challenges in this area, and last but not least we will give you all our fav tips,...||2/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Power of Touch||Thanks so much for joining us as we talk about the tactile system! In this episode, we discuss what it looks like when a child is under and over responsive to tactile input, as well as why this can cause negative behaviors. And of course, as always,...||2/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOCD and Autism||Hey everyone! Thanks for joining us today! We are excited to talk to you about OCD and Autism in today’s episode - we received a question related to these two diagnoses so we wanted to dive in and hopefully provide you guys with some insights and...||2/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPushing Through Plateau||Hi friends! Today we are talking about a very important topic: engagement and plateaus with our kiddos! Part of the episode is geared towards parents, and the other part is geared towards therapists. We’re sharing our favorite tips, tricks and...||1/30/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYoga & Mindfullness Interview with Erin Clarelli||Thank you so much for joining us for today’s episode - number 30! We are so excited to bring you an amazing interview with an inspiring lady - Erin Clarelli! She is not only an occupational therapist but also a certified children’s special needs...||1/23/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDetoxing After the Holidays||Welcome back to The Sensory Project Show! Today we are talking about detoxing after the holidays! This can be especially challenging with our kiddos who have sensory processing challenges as well as our picky eaters but it can oftentimes have a very...||1/16/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAll Things Visual||Welcome back to another episode of The Sensory Project Show! Today we are discussing all things visual. From ocular motor skills, to visual perception, we will break everything down so you can understand just what exactly your child is taking in when...||1/9/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Somatosensory System||Hey Friends! Today we are explaining what exactly the somatosensory system is and the effect it has on development. Of course we will share our favorite somatosensory processing activities and games that you can do with your kiddos at home! Enjoy! ..||1/2/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBilateral Integration||In today's episode, we are breaking down the term Bilateral Integration for you! We are sharing our knowledge on the topic, as well as what deficits in this area might look like, and our favorite toys and games to address bilateral integration in...||12/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExecutive Functioning||Rachel and Jessica are dedicating this episode to demystifying executive functioning! This is a topic that doesn’t get much attention, but we are determined to help you and your family understand how to improve your child’s executive functioning...||12/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToe Walking and W-Sitting||In today’s episode, Rachel and Jessica discuss two topics that occupational therapists frequently get asked about: toe walking and w-sitting. These topics can be somewhat controversial however are frequently seen in children with sensory processing...||12/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOT Holiday Gift Guide!||Buying gifts for your child can be exciting and fulfilling however for some families, searching for the perfect gift for a child with sensory processing challenges can be more challenging than fulfilling. Rachel and Jessica are here to help! Using...||11/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat We Really do in OT||Let’s talk about what occupational therapists REALLY do! Not only do they help people, but they really focus on helping people complete daily life tasks. These are called ADLs and IADLs - activities of daily living and instrumental activities of...||11/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Vestibular System||Let’s talk about one of our hidden senses - the vestibular system. This is a very important part of sensory integration and most children with sensory processing challenges will have significant difficulties processing and modulation vestibular...||11/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with the Blymiller's- Nutrition, Supplements, and Progress||Get ready for an amazing interview today! Angela and her husband, Shawn, are the parents of two children, one with special needs. During today’s episode, they will talk about their trials, their triumphs, and will give simple advice to other...||11/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Hidden Sense: Interoception||Did you know that we have more than 7 senses? We have a hidden 8th sense that most people don’t know about - interoception. Rachel and Jessica are here today to give you the 411 on this hidden sense as well as why it can be such a challenge for...||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSensory Survival Guide for Halloween||Halloween is here and for families with children with sensory processing challenges, it can be a stressful holiday. In today’s episode, Rachel and Jessica discuss the reasons behind sensory overload during Halloween as well as tips and strategies to..||10/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHandwriting and Fine Motor Skills||In today’s episode, Rachel and Jessica discuss the underlying skills related to handwriting as well as deficits associated with these skills. They also dive into simple, at home strategies and activities that you can incorporate into your child’s...||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDisciplining a Sensory Kiddo||This week, Rachel and Jessica discuss the process of disciplining a ‘sensory kiddo.’ They will dive into why children with sensory processing challenges have behaviors (as it relates to their sensory systems), ideas for how to intervene and help...||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat the Heck are Primitive Reflexes?!||In this episode, Rachel and Jessica will introduce you to primitive reflexes. They will share general information regarding what they are, why we have them, and what happens if our bodies don’t integrate them properly. They will also briefly discuss..||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSensory Avoiders||Today we’re talking about those kiddos that are over-responsive to sensory input, aka, sensory avoiders. They often slip between the lines and their deficits go unnoticed, making it challenging to get them the help that they need! We’re going to...||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShould I Get My Child a Diagnosis?||Today’s episode is all about the pros and cons of getting a diagnosis for your child. Rachel and Jessica explain how to find resources for a diagnosis, what to expect if you do / do not get a diagnosis, and whether you should or should not pursue a...||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFeeding and Meal Prep with Your Kids||In today’s episode, Rachel and Jessica talk briefly about nutrition and extensively about picky eating and feeding therapy. Children with sensory processing challenges often time have feeding issues and this episode dives into the why, the how, and...||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSensory Seekers||In today’s episode, Rachel and Jessica talk about children who are labeled as “sensory seekers.” There are a lot of misconceptions regarding these children and the reasons behind their “behaviors.” Today, Rachel and Jessica will discuss the...||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with Gabriel Moreno||In today’s episode, Rachel and Jessica interview Gabriel Moreno, the creator of Game Changers Idaho, a life skills development academy disguised as an athletics program. You will hear about how Gabriel got started and why he’s so passionate about...||8/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStarting School with a Sensory Kiddo||In this episode, Rachel and Jessica will break down potential obstacles you might encounter when your child with special needs heads to school. They will also discuss 504 and IEP plans as well as various accommodations that can be implemented into the..||8/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSelf-care and Mommy guilt||In this episode, Rachel and Jessica are talking about mommy guilt and self-care. These two topics are closely related to each other and are especially hard to talk about. Whether you have a child who is typically developing or a special needs child...||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanProprioception||In this episode, Rachel and Jessica will dive into the proprioceptive system and how it relates to pushing, hitting, kicking, and other behaviors, as a result of sensory processing challenges. In addition, they will discuss the reasons behind...||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAll Things Poo||We are answering a question about poop today! So many children (typical and those with sensory processing challenges) struggle with poop issues! As silly as it sounds, we’re here to share raw and honest tips, tricks and strategies for improving...||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFavorite Products for Infant and Toddler Development||Do you want to promote successful development in your infant or toddler? Do you struggle with finding the most appropriate, beneficial toys and activities? Is your child behind on their developmental milestones? We are providing our favorite toys,...||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVisual Schedules||Podcast Description: Does your child struggle with following a daily routine, like getting ready for school in the morning or getting ready for bed at night? Have you ever heard of a visual schedule? We are here to talk about what a visual schedule is..||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSleep||EPISODE #3 DESCRIPTION In this episode, we are going to dive into bedtime routines, sleep for the sensory seekers, products to promote better sleep, and nutrition related to improving sleep. If your child is struggling with bedtime routine,...||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Sensory Project: Introduction||EPISODE #1 DESCRIPTION In this episode, we will introduce who we are and what we plan on accomplishing with our podcast! We are Rachel and Jessica, here to share all things sensory, occupational therapy, parenting, self-care, and overall...||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSensory Integration||EPISODE #2 DESCRIPTION Are you curious what Sensory Integration is? Or what sensory processing dysfunction looks like? Does your child have quirks that you can’t explain? We’re here to give you a brief explanation of what sensory...||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Excellent source of information on helping sensory processing/ASD kiddos.
Love this podcast!
We are new to occupational therapy and these ladies give such amazing information about how to help my child’s progress. I get very excited whenever I see a new episode. Thank you for your insights!
Love this podcast! I look forward to listening to it every Thursday morning on my way to work. As a pediatric OT, it’s a great refresher on various concepts, strategies, and ideas to apply with the kiddos!
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