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Keeping little ones barefoot can encourage a strong foundation for optimal development of the brain and nervous system.

Rather than buying expensive baby shoes, keeping little ones barefoot whenever safe and possible will encourage the development of their nervous systems. Read more in this article by Kacie Flegal, D.C.  here 

http://www.naturalchildmagazine.com/1210/barefoot-babies.htm

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Sensory-Based Eating Difficulties Research

ARE YOU THE PARENT OF A CHILD BETWEEN THE AGES OF 4 and 12?

We have received a request to help find research participants from a group of parents whose children experience issues with eating. They would like to know more about how eating is related to children’s emotional behaviour and sensory sensitivity.

The group have worked in collaboration with Prof Jackie Blissett (Aston University) and Dr Terry Dovey (Brunel University) to design some research and now they need your help!

This questionnaire will ask you about your child’s eating, their emotional behaviour and how sensitive they are to noises and textures and should take you no longer than 15 minutes to complete.

Your cooperation is appreciated.

http://parentingsciencegang.org.uk/experiments/mealtime-hostage-research/

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ADHD and Running – meaningful occupation for improved mental health.

We posted about exercise and ADHD – here is one man’s story. Documentary photographer Martin Eberlen was diagnosed with ADHD in his early 30s, he turned to running to help manage his condition.

“Running helps me control my thoughts, it slows me down, and gives me the opportunity to focus on the things I need to focus on,” he says. Read more and see some of Martin’s amazing photography here 

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-44440369

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Neuroplasticity Infographic

This beautiful and detailed infographic originally created by Alta Mira, San Francisco, is a great introduction to neuroplasticity you can see the infographic below and read more about it here

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https://bigthink.com/ideafeed/this-nifty-infographic-is-a-great-introduction-to-neuroplasticity

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What sensory integration therapy might look like?

Do you know what Sensory Integration therapy might look like? And how through play and therapeutic relationship, it can help your child to develop the functional skills important to everyday life?

To the untrained eye, Ayres Sensory Integration sessions look like play…
But they are about rewiring the nervous system through positive experiences and challenges that are “just right” so that the child can feel like they have achieved by experiencing success.

Watch these fantastic videos to see more