Treating Kids with Autism: Occupational Therapy’s Benefits

  The term ‘sensory sensitivities’ refers to how children with Autism respond to stimulation of the senses. Children with disabilities “exhibit significantly more sensory processing issues than children without disabilities” (Critz, Blake, & Nogueira, 2015, p.711). Kids with Autism may be overly sensitive or have diminished sensitivity with some senses and not others. The ways […]

HIIT Training

The Effects of HIIT on the Protein, BDNF

We’re all convinced that high intensity interval training (HIIT) benefits our bodies but now there is an overwhelming amount of data supporting the theory that the longevity of our brains’ health also benefits from HIIT.  This is due to a protein found in the brain and spinal cord called BDNF. What is BDNF? BDNF is […]

Preschool Kids Are Born to Move!

Preschool kids, ages 3 to 5 years, burst developmentally. Their vocabulary and language skills increase by leaps and bounds. Their social emotional awareness and sensitivity often surprises adults.  As their large muscles strengthen their small muscle use becomes more refined.  They begin to draw shapes and letters. They learn songs, and remember the lines of […]

Could Cognitive Training Help People With ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is characterized as a prolonged pattern of impulsiveness and hyperactivity. Specifically, individuals with ADHD have difficulty focusing or transitioning from one task to another. Because cognitive training improves various cognitive functions, it begs the question on whether not cognitive training could help individuals who live with ADHD. It’s no secret […]

Fitness

Kids Respond Better to Fun Fitness

When it comes to developing good fitness habits, research has proven that the younger you start, the more likely you are to maintain healthy physical activity levels. That is why it is important to get young people on board with fitness as early as possible. Experts Say: According to the  Center for Disease Control and […]

adolescents

Activities for Adolescents with Sensory Integration Issues

Adolescence is a time of rapid and erratic growth. Growth spurts or delays in adolescents are associated with the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional domains. Developmental pace varies from one teen to another. Despite the awkwardness, insecurities, and vast potential that are part of this life phase, the outer, adult world has expectations. What Are Teens […]

Aging Brain

Do Your Aging Brain a Favor: Be Active!

One of the greatest concerns about the aging process is the decline in memory and cognitive processing. Numerous studies have explored the role of physical activity in decreasing the potential for various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease. Promotion of healthy outcomes for the aging brain (Merzenich, 2012) requires a comprehensive approach that blends physical […]

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Cognitive Training Helps Amputees Take the First Steps

The Amputee Coalition reports as of 2017 that there are nearly 2 million people living with limb loss today in the United States. As a result of vascular disorder, disease, birth defect, or traumatic event this condition impacts a significant amount of the population. To better serve this population, there are new modalities being performed […]

Occupational Therapists

Why Occupational Therapists Love SMARTfit Solutions

Occupational Therapists help clients with a variety of strength-training concepts that influence posture, muscle and core strength, as well as the development of fine and gross motor skills. While Occupational Therapists work tirelessly with patients to achieve their goals.  It can be challenging to keep their client’s prolonged attention. This is especially true for pediatric […]

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Types of Exercises that Help Depression

Scientific evidence shows that consistent aerobic and anaerobic exercise can help in preventing and/or alleviating depression. According to studies from the Archives of Internal Medicine and Harvard Medical School, “the effects of regular exercise can last longer than antidepressant medications”. In this article we will be highlighting different types of physical activities that can be […]