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5 Healthy Unicorn-Inspired Dessert Recipes

5 Healthy Unicorn-Inspired Dessert Recipes

Magic, Nourish, Parenting, Play, Sensory Processing Therapy
I am all about throwing handfuls of your magic into crowds like you are a flower girl tossing petals. The recent unicorn inspired recipe trend has me beaming with excitement. But please, stop it with the insane amounts of sugar in food to make it look "magical". Food is not just for tastebuds and eyeballs, it is the primary mechanism to nourish every cell in your body. Your food becomes a part of you.To remain healthy, the average American human should really only be eating 25-30 grams of sugar a day maximum. Excess sugar in one's diet is linked to a variety of unpleasant health outcomes . In the past few months, the unicorn food trend has exploded in popularity consisting of ingredients like candy, food coloring, syrups, marshmallows and sprinkles (here is some more…
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Fun and Function: How to Optimize Play

Fun and Function: How to Optimize Play

Development, Parenting, Play
“Lizzy, How do you know how to have so much fun?” asked my sweet (and sour) four-year-old nephew from the dining room table. We were rolling logs of play doh into cookie batter, then using scissors to slice them into individual delicacies. The game had been going on for over 45 minutes. Secretly, I was evaluating his fine-motor skills: in-hand manipulation, two-point pinch, hand strength, fractionation, in hand manipulation and bilateral coordination. I was keeping track of how many directions he could remember, his ability to split attention between competing environmental stimuli and his ability to problem solve and plan. I was consistently providing feedback (verbal and physical), praise and ideas for what we could play next. As an OT, this juggling act is extremely intuitive and flow-inducing. For a child,…
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What is a Sensory Processing Disorder?

What is a Sensory Processing Disorder?

Sensory Processing Disorder, Sensory Processing Therapy
As humans, we are sensory creatures. Our senses allow us to take several perspectives of the world at the same time. We internalize and process them to weave together the story of our existence. We are designed to experience life with the senses we have available to us. Our nervous systems are the energy field that connect us to the outside world, allowing us to interpret, analyze, synthesize, memorize and respond to our surroundings. Isn’t it fascinating that although our anatomy follows a basic blueprint, the subtleties and variation within our bodies allow us to perceive the world in a way that is unique and individualized? Each person is experiencing their world in their own, weird ways. It is this variance in perspective and perception that evolves humanity towards innovation,…
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