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Southpaw Basic Vestibular Set 
Southpaw Basic Vestibular Set 
Every therapist knows there are three swings that are the basis of every vestibular program - the net swing, platform swing, and bolster swing.  The carpeted platform swing can be used in a wide range of tilting movements and is suitable for clients in prone to standing positions. The bolster swing may be used for a variety of progressive flexion activities, and is strong enough to support both therapist and client. the therapy net provides vestibular input in all planes and improved head and neck extension.
Bubble Tube with Padded Platform
Bubble Tube with Padded PlatformThis padded platform surrounds our bubble tube and offers your clients a soft comfortable seat where they can enjoy all the vibratory and visual sensory input that is offered. The LED's gradually change color for visual stimulation and the vibration offered by the movement of the bubbles increases the enjoyment of your clients. The platform fits comfortably into a corner of your MSE room without intruding on the other sensory integration modules.
Multisensory Environment Training
Have you had an interest in Multisensory Environments but don't know where to start?  Southpaw would like to introduce their new Sens-Aura Multisensory product line by inviting all interested to our office in Dayton to see our Multisensory Room.   Tom Marshall, product manager for the Sens-Aura line, will demonstrate all of the products in the Multisensory Room and provide information to get help you design a room that meets the needs of your students, clients and staff.
Multisensory Environments have been shown to help with Autism, Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Developmental Disabilities, Mental Illness, Pain, Palliative Care, Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury and Wellness.
Who should attend?  OT's, PT's, Special Education Teachers, SLP's, Recreational Therapists, Administrators and parents.
To register for the Open House email  Please pre-register so we can have enough materials and not overcrowd the session.
Dates for the Open House are:

Oct 21
Nov 4 & 18
Dec 8
Can't make one of these dates?  Contact Tom to schedule a time that works for you.
Do you have a room and want to get the most out of it?  Tom is available for training your staff on equipment and client protocols.
Deanna MacioleStacking the Building Blocks for Attention
Deanna Macioce, MS, OTR/L
With the school year fast approaching, we are always looking for ways to help our children achieve success.  Within the school setting, performance is greatly affected by attention.  As therapists, teachers, and parents we often look for strategies to improve sensory regulation and arousal to improve a child's attention.  However, sometimes there is more than just regulation and arousal that affects attention.  Children who present with lower muscle tone often demonstrate decreased attention.  These are the children who are observed to have a more difficult time sitting up in their desks with proper posture.  Often times they are the ones who are leaning over their paperwork, holding their heads up with their hands, or slouching in their seats.   These children may be labeled as "lazy" and "uncooperative".   Also, students who present with low tone often fatigue faster. This can be observed in the gross motor activities of physical education class to the many handwriting and cutting tasks completed in the classroom.  Because of the fatigue, they are seen to take breaks throughout assignments and may appear to be less focused on their school work as a result.
To help address concerns with tone, it is important to focus on core stability and strength.  Using yoga as part of your treatment or daily routine at home or school is an ideal way to address overall stability.   There are a variety of child yoga programs and picture cards available to help make the use of yoga fun!  In addition, the resource book Core Concepts in Action by Shelia M. Frick, OTR and Mary J. Kawar, MS, OTR provides a variety of activities and tasks to help achieve this few required supplies.
Proximal stability activities to increase shoulder strengthening include crab walking, wheelbarrow walking and performing activities prone on a scooter board.  These can easily be incorporated into an obstacle course, as well as having children use them as a means to transition from room to room at home.  Performing activities in a vertical position such as Zoomball, handwriting or art activities completed at an easel or taped to a wall, and the completion of cleaning activities, such as washing windows and mirrors are also ideal ways to address this concern.

Trunk stability can easily be addressed using a variety of exercise ball activities.  In addition, use a t-stool to increase the challenge of common activities such as bowling, bean bag tossing, or just as a way to sit during activities such as circle time.  The use of a bolster swing, dual swing, or disc swing are fun and fantastic ways to work on trunk strengthening. 

So, as we begin to hear the school bells ringing again let's help our children achieve success by paying attention to the building blocks skills necessary for overall performance.