Author Archives: Rebecca Berry, MSPT, Director at Developmental Pathways for Kids

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The DPK Model: Facilitating Peer Play and Development

Play becomes a balanced partnership when sensory integration and integrated playgroups are combined! At Developmental Pathways for Kids, a pediatric clinic in Redwood City, California, we have a unique program model that offers children the...

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Benefits of Creating a Calm-Down Corner

A calm-down corner can diffuse tantrums in the making. It is a relaxing spot designed for your child and can also help them learn valuable skills for regulating emotions. What is a calm-down corner? A calm-down corner is a designated space...

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WHAT IS A SENSORY DIET?

Kids with sensory processing issues respond to the environment in several ways. Although each child is unique, there are some common ways of reacting to sensory input: Over-reactions to outside stimulation cause a child to be...

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MELTDOWNS – Is It SENSORY or BEHAVIOR?

One of the most frequent questions we get from parents when they come to us for pediatric therapy in California is, “How can we tell if our child’s tantrums are sensory-based responses or behavioral reactions?” It’s not always easy to...

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Sensory Seekers

If your child has a sensory processing disorder, he or she may be sensory craving or seeking intense input. We call kids like this Sensory Seekers – they are highly interested in movement, lights, colors, sounds, smells, and tastes that...

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Ideation

Do you know kids who: say “I don’t know” a lot copy the behaviors of other children wait until another child offers an answer or idea and then agrees appear a little reticent to play rarely initiate don’t...

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