Neurodevelopmental Therapy Services: Pediatric Therapy in Houston, Texas

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Equipment to Promote Attention to Tasks

Equipment to Promote Attention in Children Provide more deep pressure input to the body: -Fun and Function weighted vest (also weighted compression vest) -Weighted lap pad -Weighted blanket -Weighted stuffed animal -Compression shirt (or small athletic/swim shirt) -Wear a weighted backpack -Body sock       […]

Tips to Teach Shoe Tying

Shoe Tying Tips Shoe tying is a challenging skill to teach and to learn! Children generally start learning to tie shoes around 5-6 years of age. There are many methods to tie shoes. Listed below are some suggestions for teaching two of the most common […]

Occupational Therapy Book Recommendations for Children and Adults

Occupational Therapy Book Recommendations for Clients

As a pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT), I am often asked for book recommendations to help clients and their families learn more about sensory processing, handwriting, or self-regulation skills. Here is a compiled list of books that may be helpful to you!


Sensory processing books for children:

  • Max and Me: A Story about Sensory Processing
  • Arne and His School Tools
  • Orvis Has Trouble at School
  • Ellie Bean the Drama Queen
  • I’m Not Weird, I Have Sensory Processing Disorder
  • This is Gabriel: Making Sense of School
  • Sensitive Sam
  • Squirmy Wormy: How I Learned to Help Myself
  • Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears? Dealing with Sensory Overload


Autism Spectrum Disorder books for children:

  • My Brother Charlie
  • I See Things Differently: A First Look at Autism
  • All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism
  • A Friend Like Simon – Autism
  • My Friend with Autism

Adult books to learn about sensory processing:

  • The Out-of-Sync Child
  • The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun
  • The Sensory Sensitive Child: Practical Solutions for Out-of-Bounds Behavior
  • The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up
  • Growing an In-Sync Child
  • Raising a Sensory Smart Child
  • Tools for Tots
  • Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight – more focused on adults with sensory concerns
  • Understanding Your Baby’s Sensory Signals
  • Understanding Your Child’s Sensory Signals
  • Everyday Games for Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Raising a Sensory Smart Child
  • Sensory Processing 101
  • The Everything Parent’s Guide to Sensory Processing Disorder
  • No Longer a Secret: Unique Common Sense Strategies for Children with Sensory or Motor Challenges


Books for parents/caregivers to learn about behavior management in their children:

  • 1-2-3 Magic: 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting
  • Parenting with Love and Logic
  • Whole Brain Child, and the Whole Brain Child Workbook
  • No-drama Discipline
  • Steps to Independence: Teaching Everyday Skills to Children with Special Needs
  • Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children
  • Transforming the Difficult Child: The Nurtured Heart Approach
  • The Everyday Parenting Toolkit: The Kazdin Method for Easy, Step-By-Step, Lasting Change for You and Your Child
  • Thinking About You, Thinking About Me
  • Is It Sensory or Is It Behavior?: Behavior Problem Identification, Assessment, and Intervention
  • The Explosive Child


Self-Regulation Programs for parents/teachers to teach children:

  • Alert Program: How Does Your Engine Run
  • Zones of Regulation
  • Superflex: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum


Handwriting books/programs:

  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Loops and Other Groups


Written by Kara Syrek, OTR/L, occupational therapist at NTS Therapy

Northwest Houston clinic: 713-466-6872

Katy clinic: 281-392-4221

“Heavy Work” Activity Ideas

“Heavy Work” Activity Ideas Many children benefit from performing “heavy work” activities in order to help them with body awareness, coordination, and regulation. “Heavy work” activities involve using muscles for pushing and pulling, and ideally involve enough repetition and weight to lead to muscle fatigue. […]

Tips for Bedtime Bliss

Tips for Bedtime Bliss Here are some suggestions to improve the bedtime routine and success in your home. Establish up a nighttime routine and follow it daily: Heavy work and movement activities throughout the day and after dinner, then quiet/calming activities before bed. Take a […]

Neurodevelopmental Therapy Services, Inc.

     Hello and welcome to our new blog!

Neurodevelopmental Therapy Services, Inc. (NTS) has two private outpatient therapy clinics in the Houston, Texas area (Northwest Houston and Katy). We offer Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech & Language Pathology services to our primarily pediatric clients. Additionally, we offer Massage Therapy services at our Northwest Houston clinic, and Aquatic Therapy at our Katy clinic.

We also offer therapeutic summer camps at both clinic locations. Our clinics are large and well-equipped with therapeutic equipment, and our experienced therapists regularly take continuing education courses to stay up-to-date on best practice therapeutic interventions. NTS is in-network with many private insurance companies. 

As we turn disabilities into abilities, it is our goal to make a difference in the lives of our clients by helping them to reach their fullest potential. By working as a team, we utilize the best approaches for each individual’s needs, involve the family as much as possible, and never forget that children are our gift.

For more information, please visit, or call the Northwest Houston clinic at 713-466-6872, or the Katy clinic at 281-392-4221. We look forward to hearing from you!

Oral Input Activities

Oral Input Activities   Some parents complain that their children chew on their shirt collars, chew on their pencils, chew on the seatbelt in the car, lick objects frequently, are aversive to brushing their teeth, drool, refuse to get their face dirty, or don’t notice when […]

What Is Pediatric Occupational Therapy?

What is Occupational Therapy? We just finished celebrating Occupational Therapy month in April! Occupational Therapy (OT) may help children improve their ability to fully participate in daily activities. Here are a few questions you can think about to determine whether your child may benefit from […]