61. Sensory & Primitive Reflex Integration Outdoors with Rachel Harrington & Jessica Hill

In this episode the dynamic duo Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, CPRCS and Jessica Hill, COTA/L, CPRCS join me to talk all things sensory and primitive reflex integration. Rachel and Jessica are Harkla's in-house Certified OT Assistants and Certified Primitive Reflex Clinical Specialists. Harkla is a company that provides products, courses & community for sensory, autism & ADHD families. They offer loads of helpful tips and strategies on their podcast All Things Sensory and in their courses and workbooks for therapists available through Harkla.  

In this episode, you'll learn:

-SIMPLE sensory strategies to suggest to families to get children outdoors more!

-How we can motivate children to engage more in therapy sessions by fostering their autonomy and encouraging healthy risk in play

-How slowing down during a session might be the best thing you can do for a child's nervous system

-What primitive reflexes are and how they may impact function in children who have retained primitive reflexes

-Simple activities you can do outdoors (even with GROUPS!) that will help children who may have retained primitive reflexes   

Connect with Rachel and Jessica on Instagram @allthingssensorypodcast and follow Harkla @harkla_family   

Resources mentioned in this episode: @myoutdoorsymom account on IG  

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