Long Island Links: Timbernook Summer Camp

TimberNook Long Island is thrilled to announce that summer registration is NOW OPEN!

TimberNook Long Island is pleased to offer TimberNook programs this summer hosted at Brookhaven Country Day Camp in Yaphank. Our location is the perfect place for TimberNook experiences with plenty of wooded space for endless free play!

It can be a real struggle to help kids manage tricky sensory-related challenges.

Parents find it difficult to weed through all of the information and pull out what will work for their child.

Teachers may struggle with kids who fall out of their chairs, can’t focus, and feed off other students. They may feel compelled to help these students but lack resources, time, or tactics.

Therapists may search for fresh ideas that provide the right kind of sensory input and will be carried over at home and at school, all while fitting into the child’s occupational performance sweet spot.

Do one or more of the categories described above sound familiar?

Maybe you are trying sensory strategies, searching for information, and creating sensory diets that just aren’t working. You’re doing all of the right things, but struggle to meet the sensory needs of an individual child.

That’s where the FREE Outdoor Sensory Diet Cards and Sensory Challenge Cards come into play.

They are a FREE printable resource that encourages sensory diet strategies in the outdoors. In the printable packet, there are 90 outdoor sensory diet activities, 60 outdoor recess sensory diet activities, 30 blank sensory diet cards, and 6 sensory challenge cards. They can be used based on preference and interest of the child, encouraging motivation and carryover, all while providing much-needed sensory input.

Research tells us that outdoor play improves attention and provides an ideal environment for a calm and alert state, perfect for integration of sensory input. In fact, outdoor play provides input from all the senses, allows for movement in all planes, and provides a variety of strengthening components including eccentric, concentric, and isometric muscle contractions. The outdoors are a vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile, and overall sensory-enriched goldmine!

There’s more: Providing opportunities for sensory diet activities in the outdoors encourages open-ended play, imagination, creativity, body awareness, learning skills, self-confidence, gross and fine motor development, attention, and social-emotional skill development.

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Get your FREE OUTDOOR SENSORY PLAY CARDS

As for Timbernook – this is the perfect opportunity to provide your child with a summer filled with outdoor play and sensory processing activities.  If two or more children from the same family are attending they will be eligible for a discount of $25 per child. Email Megan at megan.hansen@timbernook.com to apply for the discount.

TimberNook is not your typical nature program 

 TimberNook was designed to get children outdoors in a sensory-rich environment.  At our programs, children explore their surroundings, take risks, play, build and dive deep into their imaginations.  We strive to be the “living example” of what real, authentic play should look like. 

 If you are searching to give your child ample time to play this summer click on LINK to register and share the news with friends and family!

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ABOUT THE OWNER:

Megan has been a pediatric occupational therapist for 17 years. She recently completed her doctorate in occupational therapy with a focus on outdoor free play. When Megan is not working she enjoys biking, hiking, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and son.

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5 Tips For Teaching Yoga To Children With Special Needs

Yoga is an exercise that incorporates balance, breathing, and coordination into smooth movements or poses that “flow”.  Teaching yoga to children with special needs is tricky.

 But there are definitely some amazing tricks to get the job done.

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As an elementary school based OT, I often push into work with whole special education classes. While every child is unique, the majority of the children need help with strength, fine motor skills, motor planning, coordination, and balance.  Almost all of them struggle with following directions and staying focused.  Sound familiar?

That’s why Yoga is my go-to activity for kids with special needs. It works on everything for everyone.

Research shows that teaching yoga to children can help improve behavior, attention, focus, and social skills. Physically, it can increase a child’s strength, coordination, bilateral integration, and even fine motor skills.   Yoga has TONS of therapeutic benefits for kids.  To learn more about WHY to teach yoga to kids, check out this post I wrote for MamaOT, called “The Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga for Children”.

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Long Island Yoga for Kids

Yoga is my absolute favorite way to exercise.  I also love to recommend yoga for kids. Years ago I got into yoga as a form of exercise and stress relief.   I ended up loving it so much that I was certified to teach “Group Exercise” through the American Aerobics Association with the hopes of teaching yoga as a hobby.  I did that for a year and liked it very much, but decided that I like being a member of a class more than I like being the instructor.  However, I am a huge believer in the old saying “everything happens for a reason”.   I learned yoga well enough to teach it and to combine it with my “OT” knowledge, which really helped me to use yoga as a therapeutic activity with my students. Continue reading

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