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Fine Motor Information Handwriting Programs
Listening Programs Products - Sensory Needs
Products - Other Needs Sensory Processing Disorders

Vision & Learning Websites

Autism and Asperger's Syndrome:


Publishes an excellent  quarterly publication, The Autism Research Review International" presenting current developments in biomedical and educational research.


Resource of the entire autism community in education, advocacy, services, research and support.


Links to other autism sites.


Autism Society of Oregon


Beyond Autism is a site by a parent that has “been there”. It contains over 2,700 working links to other resources.


Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) provides information, resources, and support to families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments.


ASD recovery stories and many links including links for “Autism Business Cards” for parents.



An outstanding source for books, conferences, DVDs and Videos on Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and PDD.  They provide a free catalog of their resources.


An autism publication via e-mail that monitors all major news sources, websites and latest research for important and practical news.


The resource place for social story information.


An organization to raise awareness and provide  resources for biomedical approaches to treating autism.


Jenny McCarthy's Generation Rescue is an international movement of scientists, parents, and physicians researching the causes and treatments for autism, ADHD, and chronic illness, believing autism can be cured. Has a rescue family grant program!

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Other Autism Related Sites:

Personalized Children’s Books. 


Asperger Syndrome Information and Support.


Education resources worksheets and activities primarily for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.


Resources, messages and issues related to Asperger's Syndrome, and papers Tony Attwood has written on related topics.


Vision therapy and sensory treatment




  •   IAN  Facilitates research that will lead to advancements in understanding and treating ASD's. IAN Community: library and meeting place to learn more about autism research. IAN Research: is scientific study where individuals with ASDs, their families, and qualified researchers throughout the United States




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Education in allergy tab has specific topic areas including asthma.

Alerts, news feeds, information, research, camps, videos and recipes for food allergies.

Easy to find health topics for all ages, drugs and supplements, and  videos and suggestions.


Biomedical Interventions:

Information about digestive enzymes. 

Food allergy vs. food intolerance.

Free resources for parents implementing the Gluten Free Casein Free diet

A Yahoo discussion forum for parents of children on who are avoiding gluten and casein.

Learn about Monosodium Glutamate, MSG myths and it’s effects.



How to start the diet and recipes.


Biomechanical interventions for metals, viruses…


The Coalition for SafeMinds (Sensible Action For Ending Mercury-Induced Neurological Disorders) is a private nonprofit organization founded to investigate and raise awareness of the risks to infants and children of exposure to mercury from medical products, including thimerosal in vaccines. Safe Minds supports research on the potential harmful effects of mercury and thimerosal.


  •    To help  people who are no longer able to eat gluten, Lindsay Toraason, a celiac, created a resource article that features a list of the best gluten-free restaurants/bakeries, cookbooks, products/brands, support groups, and informational websites that she has come across. She knows first hand how difficult it can be to accept this lifestyle, but also how physically detrimental this condition can be if you don’t adhere to the diet.


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Fine Motor:

(Resources Coming Soon) 



DIR/Floor Time Model

General links about the Floor Time Model:


Free Pictures or Crafts for Children

5000+ free printable worksheets, geoboards etc.


This is probably the best place on the internet to start looking for PECS pictures!


Free picture schedules. Put on a paint stick for portability. Social skill picture cards, Street safety songs, social stories.


Lesson plans, eBooks, worksheets and more (First need to register for free)


Crafts, custom writing paper, memory cards, awards, cards, bingo cards, bookmarks, custom coupons and more. (Be advised:  This site generates pop-up windows and tracking cookies that you may want to clear after looking at the site.)


Free printable awards. games, bulletin boards, felt board stories, file folder games and more


Written by a mother of a child with speech difficulties.  She shares on her site, clipart of common activities and objects. Her use of color in her images makes the items very appealing to look at and use.


Awesome site to download for free, beautiful,  full color paper toys to cut and fold.  

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Free Beginning Reading Sites:


Starfall's online reading program together with Starfall's printed materials are available free as a public service.


Phono-Graphix method for teaching reading is based simply on the nature of the English code (letters are pictures of sounds and sounds can be more than one letter…). 



Handwriting Programs Available


This is a standard curriculum used in many school districts.  D'Nealian can be challenging for children with handwriting difficulties as letters are written in a slant and have "monkey tails" added to the  manuscript or printed letter. This ending stroke is used later as the connector in cursive writing.  Common modifications for children struggling with this curriculum are to omit the slant and leave off the "monkey tails" on manuscript letters.


By Jan McCleskey, MA, OTR "The First Strokes Multi-Sensory Handwriting Program was designed by an occupational therapist to teach print handwriting on a multi-sensory basis. Inherent in the program, is large gross-motor (kinesthetic) learning of the lower and upper case, print letters."   Billy the Seal is also used to engage children in their learning. Free downloads at


A developmental program that relies heavily on multi-sensory teaching methods which work well for typically developing children, along with children with special needs.


Cursive program where "letters are taught in groups that share common movement patterns. For example, a, d, g, q, and c can be visualized on a clock face, and are called "Clock Climbers." 


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Handwriting Articles:


Infant and Toddler Developmental Issues

  • Birth to 5 screening for parents: According to the National Survey of Children's Health 2007, one in five households with children has a child with a special health care need.  Easter Seals, through the generous support of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, is now making it possible for parents and caregivers to easily track their children's' development through age 5 by means of a free online screening tool. It can be mailed directly to your e-mail address designated. Bring the copy in to your appointment! 

    Do the screening: Site

Normal and Abnormal Development

"Pathways Awareness Foundation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the benefit of early detection and early therapy for children with movement differences. This web site, designed for both parents and professionals, contains valuable information about children's physical development including a growth and development chart where you can track a child's physical, play and speech milestones from 3 to 15 months."  Also on the site is the Open Hearts Program dedicated to increasing awareness of barriers to participation in faith communities for persons with physical, mental, emotional or sensory differences.

Free Infant Vision Screening

The American Optometric Association and The Vision Care Institute of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., have partnered to create InfantSEE®.a no-cost public health program developed to provide professional eye care for infants nationwide. Under this program, member optometrists will provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment within the first year of life as a no cost public health service.

Use of Baby Walkers

By Michelle P. Pronsati, PT Advance Staff

Tummy Time for Infants

W-Sitting: "Sitting with bottom on floor with legs out  to either side in the shape of a W."



"PRODUCTS and OTHER needs"


  • Parents favorite finds:
    Life Jacket: "Puddle Jumper" for kids that do not like that confined feeling. Coast Guard Approved. Basic model (fits 30-50lbs) which includes arm bands and chest float, sown into one piece. The chest part buckles around the back, but there is no flotation around the back, which child may like. It also does not have a crotch strap.


  • Kinderlift : Ski and snowboard safety vest: Brightly colored with a strap on the back so that it is easy for parents to grab onto kids when they start to fall as they learn or on the lifts.


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Listening Programs: Therapeutic Listening®                               



Sensory Processing Disorders


Disorders of Sensory Integration are now called Sensory Processing Disorders

 A huge site developed by mom and OT re: life with a sensory child and all sorts of resources.

Articles of interest:

From The Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, Volume 2, Number 1, 1992

By AM Smith, MSc, DJL Venter, BSc Hons, NT Naidoo, PhD, and S. Roux, D Med Sci, HED [PDF Format]  

Helpful Links

From Child and Family Research Programs at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

A comprehensive resource for parents of children with Sensory Integration Dysfunction

This is a web site sponsored by the University of Kansas Medical Center, where Winnie Dunn, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA. is a professor.  This is a place to look for answers to questions about the different versions of the Sensory Profile. On the site is an extensive bibliographic information.


SIGN is made up of a group of volunteers who are dedicated to protecting the integrity and promoting the work of Dr. A. Jean Ayres in Sensory Integration Theory and Intervention. The originators of this group include former co-workers and students of Dr. Ayres, who are now among the leading experts in the field, and occupational therapists committed to providing occupational therapy services from a sensory integrative perspective in a manner consistent with Ayres’ core principles.

"The Touch Institutes are dedicated to studying the effects of touch therapy.  The TRIs have researched the effects of massage therapy at all stages of life, from newborn to senior citizens.  In these studies the TRIs have shown that touch therapy has many positive effects."


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Products Available

Sensory Needs:





  •  Sensory Comfort seam-free socks, underwear, bras, clothes, and tactile "wetshoes" for teens.



  • smart knit seamless socks without latex specifically for sensory processing differences.


  • Under Armor: Sporty tight lycra to wear for compression: available at department/sport stores.



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Products Available

Other Needs:




  •  Fashionable children’s orthopedic footwear (socks and shoes) designed for AFO’s.





  •  Brace socks, adaptive closures and styles of clothing, G-tube pockets, incontinence garments.




  •  Mini Miracles adaptive children's clothing:100% Peruvian cotton with adaptations sensitive to to child's sensitivities/comfort (G-tube access).



  •   UR-in-Control - Washable incontinence garments, bed and chair pads, associated with KOOSHIES.




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Vision and Learning Websites


A site with great visual information by the Kansas Vision Development Center, Wichita, Kansas

Also from the Kansas Vision Development Center

"is a national non-profit education, resource and support organization whose mission is to raise public awareness of the crucial relationship between vision and achievement."

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