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What’s For Lunch?? Sensory Regulation through Food

Eating crunchy foods, chewy foods, or resistive sucking can help satisfy a child’s sensory needs. Help your child stay organized throughout their day with these snack and lunch ideas!

 Crunchy (alerting):

  • Celery sticks
  • Carrot sticks
  • Apple slices
  • Banana chips
  • Dry Cereals
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Granola
  • Pretzel rods
  • Popcorn
  • Crackers
  • Cheese straws

*Frozen novelties, sour, bitter and spicy foods are also alerting.


Sucking (calming):

  • Thick smoothies and milkshakes through a straw
  • Juice boxes with thin straw
  • Peanut butter or Sun-butter from a spoon
  • Applesauce through a straw
  • Yogurt through a straw
  • Sugar-free, all-natural lollipops
  • Use a thin or curly straws to drink


Chewy (organizing):

  • Granola bars
  • Fruit Leather
  • Gummies
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Licorice
  • Taffy
  • Bagels
  • Beef Jerky
  • Dried fruits: raisins, cranberries cherries, apricots

Tips For Successful Morning Routines

– Set a consistent wake up time.

– Stagger wake up times in multi-children households. This allows children to receive one on one time and provides an organized morning routine.

– A morning hug/cuddle is a great way to promote positive mood and behavior upon waking up.

– Start your day with a cheerful morning greeting.

– Encourage independence in your child’s morning routine by providing them with a visual checklist.

– Load backpacks and layout clothing at bedtime.

– And remember, if a morning routine is fun, your child will be motivated to participate!



Announcing the Opening of Our New Clinic

Integration Station is excited to announce the opening of their new clinic in the North Charlotte area!! The clinic affords opportunities for children to develop and refine skills in a motivating play setting. We have multiple treatment areas outfitted with suspended equipment, an indoor climbing structure that includes a ramp, slide, ladders, rock wall and ball pit, and cozy corners. The clinic allows children to maximize their potential in a safe and supportive environment.

We are conveniently located near I77 and I85 off W.T. Harris Boulevard.  Integration Station welcomes infants, preschoolers, and school-aged children.