Sleep Sleep is as essential part of our health, development, growth, and well-being. “Sleep is the single most effective thing we can do to reset our brain and body health each day — Mother Nature’s best effort yet at contra-death.” Matthew Walker, Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams Sleep is essential […]

The Benefits of Journaling

Journaling is an inexpensive, personal activity to help process trauma and manage mental health.  Journaling is a private space, where you can be yourself without any judgement or criticism.  It is described by Monk and Folit (2019) as “the practice of taking time . . . to write and reflect on thoughts, feelings and life […]

Early Intervention

“ Ask yourself the hard questions. Never stop asking. And allow your answers to change as you do.” – Colin Wright We love receiving questions from colleagues and all those interested in becoming more sensory informed, working in perinatal, neonatal and early intervention settings. In bold, is a great series of nuanced questions and observations. They […]

We are all Sensory Beings Living in a Sensory World

Sensory babies, infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults…we are all Sensory Beings living in a Sensory World! Sensory Development Sensations make up our sensory experiences. Sensory processing of these sensations underpins every human functional task and social interaction. Through sensory processing and sensory integration, we develop and grow our understanding of ourselves, others and the […]

Taste of Summer

Our sense of taste is a chemosensory system that evolved to help us be efficient at finding nutritionally useful foods and recognising harmful foods. Throughout the evolution of different species, dietary feeding behaviours and therefore taste perceptions have changed. As humans our evolution as omnivores means we have genes that encode our taste receptors to […]

Smell: Survival, social connections, Emotions, memory, feeding / eating tastes

In mammals, including we humans, the olfactory system plays an important role in searching for food, eating, and tasting. Its roles helps in avoiding danger, supporting social connections, finding partners for survival of the individuals and species as well as supporting memories and mapping the world. Smell gives us a chemical means of communicating that […]

Know your Neurobiology: Stress – Moving out of Homeostasis Part 2

Following on from our last blog post looking at Stress we thought we’d go over the neurobiology of the stress response. Monitoring for stressors is a constant activity of the Autonomic Nervous System(ANS) and associated structures. Stress, when registered, initiates an ancient, carefully orchestrated and instantaneous sequence of neurotransmitter & hormonal changes. These create physiological […]

Know your Neurobiology: Stress – Moving out of Homeostasis

April is Stress awareness month! So, we thought we’d take a look at what stress is all about. Our brain’s primary job is to keep us safe in the moment. It does this by ‘keeping an eye out’ for internal and external sensory cues that suggest something is amiss. Cumulative messages build pressure that overwhelms […]

Know your Neurobiology: Oxytocin

Oxytocin, a hormone known as the love hormone or cuddle chemical! As OTs we love that the acronym for Oxytocin is OT! Love is both the emotion and the biological process that creates the ‘calm and connection system’ designed to facilitate closeness, relationship, empathy and a sense of safety. And it plays a vital role […]