I received the Harkla weighted lap pad for free in exchange for a review.
Ever felt calm after a big hug with a loved one? That is because research has shown that applying gentle deep pressure to the body can result in a calming effect. It can help a person calm their body in order to sleep better or increase their focus/attention for participation in functional activities. Deep Pressure Therapy has demonstrated benefits for individuals suffering from disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and ADHD. With such benefits it is no wonder we have seen the rise in popularity of the weighted blanket. As of late, weighted blankets have been featured in gift catalogs, shopping guides, and in celebrity social media accounts. Even pet stores have begun carrying weighted items. There are many brands out there but, the Harkla family of products really stands out for their quality and affordability.
I received the 5 pound weighted lap pad in the mail and was instantly impressed with the quality and functionality of the product. The weighted lap pad is perfect for children living with Autism or diagnosed with sensory processing disorders. As it can help regulate their bodies in order to increase attention, improve sleep, and reduced self-stimulatory behaviors. The lap pad is machine washable, and can be easily transported making it perfect to use in the classroom.
Harkla is dedicated to making great products that will become a resource for families raising children living with special needs. 1% of every sale at Harkla goes to the University of Washington Autism Clinic to help fund research and therapy for local children. Head on over to their site right now to check out all of their amazing products and receive a digital copy of their guide “The 10 Best Ways To Improve Your Child’s Autistic Symptoms” with your purchase.
I received the Original Carryall bag from Clinitote for free to review and then giveaway to one of my readers.
Us therapist understand the daily struggle of trying to keep our materials organized. Especially, those of us who carry our materials around to different schools, different hospital floors, and different clinics. I remember one time when I was leaving the clinic to go to a school, and one of the kids I work with said “Ms. Nathalie, I hope you have a nice trip”. That is when I realized that I was carrying so many bags that it did look like I was going on vacation! So you can understand my excitement when I first came across the Clinitote.
I immediately reached out to Cami (creator of Clinitote) wanting to know all about it. You can read my interview with her— here.
Cami is awesome and was kind enough to send me an Original Carryall bag to review, and then giveaway to my readers. Exciting, I know! Once I received the bag in the mail I was extremely impressed with the quality and ordered one for myself. I have been using the bag for several months now and it has become an everyday staple.
My thoughts on the Clinitote Original Carryall:
Don’t think the Original Carryall is for you? Clinitote also has an Original Messenger version that might be just what you need.
If you would like to win a Clinitote Original Carryall make sure to head on over to Heart of OT on Instagram to enter— @heartof.ot
Correcting a student’s grasp on a writing utensil can be a tricky endeavor. Each child is different and presents with different needs. Pencil grips are a handy tool often used by occupational therapists to help with this issue. Pencil grips can be used as a training tool or as an adaptation. Out on the market there is currently a large variety of grips that can be purchased. As many OTs do, I have a few favorites that I love to use with my students. Though, I am always on the hunt for new and improved models.
Today I would like to share with you the WriteRight pencil grip. I first saw this grip at AOTA earlier this year and was eager to test it out with my students. I was sent all three sizes by the company in order to review them, and I must say that I would definitely recommend this product.
My students have found it fun to use and really enjoy its cool shape. This grip does a great job promoting a tripod grasp while still providing comfort (each finger has a place). The material is durable, comfortable, and easy to clean. I also love that the pencil that comes with the grip is mechanical making it easy to work on different skills with my students such as graded pressure. The grip can also be transferred to another regular full-sized pencil if that is something you would prefer. To read more about the WriterRight pencil grip make sure to click the following link ------- thewriteright.com
I must admit that I am a trendy girl! I often fall victim to the latest trends and believe all the hype. Hence, I recently found myself at Michael’s, at 7 pm on a Tuesday stocking up on the latest coloring books. If you have not heard of the adult coloring craze by now. You have definitely been living under a rock! It is supposed to clear your mind and relieve stress. It is all the rage, but did not work for me. I found myself getting worked up about coloring an instagram worthy page, rather than using it as a tool to calm down. For me, adult coloring is a creative outlet rather than a stress reliever.
This is why, when I came across the Mandalynths booth at AOTA16 my curiosity was peaked. Mandalynths are Celtic Art focus tools you trace with a stylus. Basically, you trace over a colorful beautiful pattern. In tracing as opposed to coloring, there are no decisions for you to make. Making the experience quite relaxing.
I have enjoyed tracing these Mandalynths while I listen to guided meditations. Having something to focus on while doing breathing exercises has definitely helped me clear my mind. An aspect of meditating I used to struggle with. I recommend this product for personal use and as a therapeutic tool as well.
As occupational therapists we often work with our clients to practice mindfulness. This would be a great tool to use in our practice. Everyone from children to adults with different cognitive levels can work with these patterns. Mandalynths are also useful to work on figure-ground, visual perceptual, and eye-hand coordination skills.
There are currently 3 different types of Mandalynths:
Open Mandalynths are relaxing to trace. They are best for stress, anxiety, anger an panic attacks.
Medium Manalynths are slightly engaging to trace. They are best for attention issues, autism, or relaxing mental challenge.
Tight Mandalynths are difficult to trace. They are not relaxing. Instead, they are very challenging. Great for intense mental involvement.
If you are interested in learning more about Mandalynths and celtic art products click on over to the Celtic Art Store and check them out. For Mandalynths on the go, download the app available on google play or apple store. Tracing is the new coloring!
**I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.