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Helpful websites:

The Listening Program

Raising Special Kids

Abilitations Therapy Equipment

Super Duper Education Materials

Raising a Smart Sensory Child

Mealtime Notions

Southwest Autistic Research and Resource Center

Southpaw Therapy Equipment

Handwriting Without Tears

Pocket Full of Therapy

AZ Center for Disability Law

AZ Literacy and Learning

Special Olympics AZ



Sammons Preston

Activities for Tummy Tighteners

  • Sit-ups

  • Holding “plank” position

  • Hold position on hands and knees (without locking elbows), extend right arm and left leg (hold for 10 seconds and switch sides)

  • “Superman” activity – lay down on stomach and extend arms and legs off the ground

  • Maintaining upright position sitting on therapy/exercise ball

Activities for Hand strengthening and development for fine motor tasks (scissors, writing)

General hand strengthening

  • Squeezing stress ball (or balloon filled with flour)

  • Use turkey baster to transfer water from one container to another

  • Baking activities that involve mixing/kneading dough and making balls

  • Putting money in a piggy bank: Collect 5 coins one at a time and tuck in palm of hand. Manipulate coins to finger and thumb to place coin into bank.

Scissor skills

  • Use tweezers or tongs to pick small pieces of sponge or cotton balls

  • Hide small objects (pennies, beads) in clay and/or theraputty and find by pulling clay apart

  • Use hole puncher to punch holes in different mediums (computer paper, construction paper, tag board, etc.)

  • Play with spray bottles and/or water guns using middle and index finger to pull trigger

  • Pinching clothespins to hang up pictures, artwork, etc.

  • Pinch and seal ziplock bag using thumb and index/middle finger

Activities for Handwriting Development

Promote hand strengthening (see activities above)

Promote pre-writing skills

  • Draw lines and copy shapes in shaving cream, sand, or finger paint trays

  • Coloring activities

  • Complete simple dot-to-dot or maze worksheets

  • Promote right/left discrimination

  • Promote familiarity with printed language

  • Label pictures, objects, favorite topic etc.

Activities for Bilateral Coordination (using both hands together)

  • Stringing beads

  • Playing with legos

  • Practice buttons, fasteners, and zippers during dressing routines

Activities for Improved Attention

Provide “heavy work” experience. These activities contract the muscles and compress the joints that provide calming input to help regulation and focus on tasks

  • Jumping on trampoline

  • Crashing into pillows, mattresses, etc.

  • Wheelbarrrow walking

  • Carrying heavy objects (laundry, groceries, etc.)

  • Weighted vests/backpack to and from school

Providing movement breaks when needed – jumping, wall push ups, running errands, etc.
Move and sit cushion to sit on during table top activities
Tie theraband around table legs and allow to kick when “fidgety”

Sensory Diet Examples:


  • Intense foods (hot/cold/spicy/sour)

  • Oral motor – sucking/blowing activities (bubbles, whistles, etc.)

  • Swinging with changes in directions

  • Light touch and tactile play (playdoh, finger paints, shaving cream, dry beans/pasta, sand, rice, water, etc.)


  • Heavy work activities-Jumping, crashing, wheelbarrow walking, carrying/pushing heavy objects

  • Deep pressure (“bear” hugs, rolling child up in blanket like a hot dog, etc.)

  • Rhythmic bouncing on therapy ball, adult’s knee, etc.

  • Rhythmic rocking

Oral Motor

  • Sucking/blowing activities (bubbles, whistles, etc.). It can have an alerting or calming effect!


  • Complete paper and pencil mazes

  • Track a marble in a maze with finger

  • Flashlight tag (use two flashlights to practice visual “jumps” to targets)

  • Complete “Where’s Waldo” type activities

  • Set up an obstacle course/maze to complete

  • Balloon volleyball

Activities to build vocabulary

Talk about words and word-meanings. Discuss why certain names have been chosen for people, pets, or characters, like why Big Bird is called Big Bird or Cookie Monster, Inspector Gadget, etc.

Try to work these conversations in around topics of genuine interest to your child.

Read, read, read, read! When you read stories, recite rhymes and sing songs. Include “obvious” sentence completion tasks like, “I do not like them in a box, I do not like them with a ___” (fox).

Play impromptu word-games. Transform one part of speech into another. For example. Today I am riding, yesterday, I …(rode) and tomorrow, I…(will ride).

Play word classification games. See how many items you can name in a category (tools, games, drinks, movies, sports, colors, etc.) Limit each person to just minute to see who can name the most!

Books that we highly recommend:

  • The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction by Carol Stock Kranowitz

  • Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder by Lucy Jane Miller and Doris A. Fuller

  • Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison

  • No More Meltdowns by Dr. Jed Baker

  • The Everything Sign Language Book: American Sign Language Made Easy by Irene Duke

  • Signs for Me: Basic Sign Vocabulary for Children Parents & Teachers

  • The Little Book of Sign Language by Running Press

  • Play-How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown, M.D., with Christopher Vaughan

  • Eating for Autism-The 10-Step Nutrition Plan To help treat your child’s Autism, Asperger’s or ADHD by Elizabeth Strickland, MS, RD, LD

  • Engaging Autism by Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D. and Serena Wieder, PH.D.

  • The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun-Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Stock Kranowitz, MA.

  • Finding Your Child’s Way on the Autism Spectrum: Discovering Unique Strengths, Mastering Behavior Challenges by Laura Hendrickson

  • The Verbal Behavior Approach- How to Teach Children with Autism and Related Disorders by Mary Lynch Barbera with Tracy Rasmussen

  • Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight: What to Do If Your Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating World by Sharon Heller

  • Meghan’s World: The Story of One Girl’s Triumph over Sensory Processing Disorder by Diane M. Renna

  • The Sensory Processing Disorder Answer Book: Practical Answers to the Top 250 Questions Parents Ask by Tara Delaney

  • Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues by Nancy K. Peske

  • Arnie and His School Tools: Simple Sensory Solutions That Build Success by Jennifer Veenendall

  • Answers to Questions Teachers Ask about Sensory Integration: Forms, Checklists, and Practical Tools for Teachers and Parents by Carol Stock Kranowitz

  • Mixed Signals: Understanding and Treating Your Child’s Sensory Processing Issues by Mary Lashno

  • Not Just Spirited: A Mom’s Sensational Journey with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) by Chynna T. Laird

  • Understanding Regulation Disorders of Sensory Processing in Children by Pratibha Reebye

  • Parenting a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder: A Family Guide to understanding and Supporting Your Sensory-Sensitive Child by Christopher R. Auer

  • Understanding Sensory Dysfunction: Learning, Development and Sensory Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Bipolar Disorder by Polly Godwin Emmons

  • Sensory Smarts: A Book for Kids with ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorders Struggling with Sensory Integration Problems by Kathleen A. Chara

  • Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder by Lucy J. Miller

  • Unlocking the Mysteries of Sensory Dysfunction: A Resource for Anyone Who Works With, or Lives With, a Child with Sensory Issues by Liz McKendry Anderson

  • Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration: Therapy for Children with Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders by Ellen Yack

  • The Everything Parent’s Guide To Sensory Integration Disorder: Get the Right Diagnosis, Understand Treatment, And Advocate for Your Child (Everything) (Parenting) by Terri Mauro

  • Starting Sensory Integration Therapy: Fun Activities That Won’t Destroy Your Home or Classroom by Bonnie Arnwine

Questions we hear on a regular basis!

Are any of your services available in Spanish?

Yes! We have translation services available at all times. We also offer some bilingual speech-language therapy services with a few of our outstanding bilingual SLPs.

What are your hours?

Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Some limited Saturday hours are available.
Closed Sundays

Where are you located?

In central Phoenix, we are located at 2302 N 15th Avenue.

Will you come to my house?

Our philosophy at FPT is that our facility provides a natural environment for children to play, learn, and explore. We are able to utilize valuable pieces of equipment that would not be available in a home setting, these include: suspended equipment, large therapy balls and bolsters, and Lite-gait and mobility aids.

Are you in my insurance network?

Fiesta Pediatric Therapy, Inc. accepts all insurances. Please feel free to contact your insurance company and/or our business office at 602-265-4124 for any insurance questions and/or concerns.

My child needs your services, now what?

After receiving a prescription for services from your pediatrician and/or family doctor, along with an authorization from your insurance company (if required ), we ask that you contact our office to schedule an appointment.

How often will my child have appointments? And for how many visits?

Most visits are generally once a week. However, depending on the evaluation, your therapist may indicate a need for more frequent visits. The total number of visits will also be based on the evaluation and unique goals set by your therapist.