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ABOUT Paula Aquilla

Paula Aquilla

Paula Aquilla is the mother of two teenagers and lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and has been practicing occupational therapy in community, clinic, school and home based settings for 22 years. Paula is a co-author of the book Building Bridges Through Sensory Integration and has contributed to several other publications. She teaches throughout North America. She is a thesis writer in the Canadian College of Osteopathy and hopes to complete her formal osteopathic studies in 2010. Paula brings warmth and enthusiasm in her work with children and their families.

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We regard each child as a unique individual, and we create personalized home and school programs to bring out their strengths and encourage development in challenging areas.  We do this under the guise of fun!  When learning is fun, attention, focus, planning, organization and regulation of the nervous system come naturally … fun is the secret ingredient of good therapy!

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Building Bridges through Sensory Integration, 3rd Edition: Therapy for Children with Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Written by three experienced occupational therapists, this book offers a combination of theory and strategies. It is a perfect tool for those working with young children, but also broad enough to be adapted for older children and adults. Building Bridges provides creative techniques and useful tips while offering innovative strategies and practical advice for dealing with everyday challenges, including managing behaviors, improving muscle tone, developing social skills, selecting diets, and more. Part one explains the role of the occupational therapists in treatment and examines sensory integration theories. Part two offers methods of identifying sensory problems in children along with numerous strategies and activities.

Come to Your Senses (Come to Your Senses: Creating Supportive Environments to Nurture the Sensory Capital Within)

Come to Your Senses is the brainchild of Dr. Nehama Baum. It is represented by a series of conferences… The Series is about complex disabilities. However, the series is more than this, for the presentations also examine the role of the arts in the wider arena of human development. Within this context the impact of disability and challenging behaviour on the family and community are also examined. Additionally, the series includes papers that examine quality of life within these contexts. The concepts and principles of quality of life, which include life span, holism and self-image amongst others, provide an interesting focus for understanding the part that our senses play in development, adaptation and rehabilitation.

Color My Senses: The Sensory Detective Coloring Book

Children can learn about their own sensory processing through a variety of practical examples in this coloring book. They’ll learn how they are processing sensations throughout the day and gain an awareness and appreciation of their marvelous nervous system!

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