Sensory Strategies for Road Trips

road trips for sensory kids

To the child with sensory sensitivities, a family road trip can mean sensory overload. Summer break brings long car rides as the family road trip is an essential during the summer months. But how do you prevent sensory dysregulation on a long car ride? In this blog post, you’ll find sensory strategies for road trips including ideas for road trip tips for kids with sensory issues and an oral motor sensory break that helps with sensory needs during car rides.

Get ready for your next road trip while addressing sensory needs!

sensory strategies for family road trips

Sensory Strategies for Family Road Trips

Surviving a long family road trip when a member of the family has sensory sensitivities can make a long car ride challenging. For those with sensory processing disorder, Autism, ADHD or other neurodiversities, sensory sensitivities can make long car rides difficult.

Preparing in advance to support the sensory sensitive individual can make all the difference! In fact, the sensory strategies listed below can support any individual, as we all have differing sensory needs.

These sensory activities for car rides can be used for any age. This is a plan to have in place to prepare for the long car ride when sensory processing needs impact the ability to sit in the car to get to the destination.

  • Create a sensory story to talk about the trip in advance. Use the travel sensory story to guide use of sensory tools during the road trip.
  • Pack preferred sensory tools. These items can be placed in the vehicle or alongside the child while travelling so they can access the sensory tools during the roadtrip. 
  • Movement breaks! Stopping in advance of breakdowns is critical. Plan out stops in advance so you know when the next stop is. If possible, plan out stops according to location. Use local playgrounds as areas to run and play during road trip stops.
  • Chew on a straw
  • Plan on brain breaks at stops
  • Blow through a straw
  • Play car games such as I Spy, or find items in the scenery and make a story.
  • Create a sensory lifestyle with built-in sensory breaks based on motivation and meaningful activities (outlined in our Sensory Lifestyle Handbook)
  • Eat crunchy snacks like pretzels
  • Offer chewy snacks like beef jerky, dry raisins/cranberries, or fruit leather
  • Drink a smoothie through a sippy cup with a straw-type top
  • Make a DIY road trip busy bag.
  • Use a “crazy straw” in a cup.  The smaller opening is great for oral motor input.
  • Make a sensory kit with fidgets or other sensory tools
  • Play “Simon Says” with mouth exercises: Suck cheeks in/puff cheeks out/Make a big “O” shape/Stretch out the tongue. You’ll find many on our Simon Says commands blog post.
  • Chew gum
  • Create a sensory diet specifically for the trip
  • Use a straw to suck and pick up pieces of paper.  Transfer them carefully to a cup using only the straw.
  • Weighted blanket or throw
  • Make a chewy snack holder (below) along with the kids to plan for sensory needs during the long car ride.
  • Use a partially deflated beach ball as a sensory cushion on the floor. The individual can move their feet on the wiggle cushion.
sensory strategies for road trips.

Oral motor sensory break for road trips

If you’ve ever taken a road trip with kids then you know how nerve wracking a long trip can be for the kids and the parents.  Long road trips with the family are definitely fun.  They are certainly stressful and chaotic times with sibling love and revelry, but definitely memory-making.  Whether you have one child or 6, a road trip involves planning, especially when sensory needs are at play.

You prepare the books, the activities, the snacks, the music, or videos.  You can prep it all, but no matter what, there will be craziness that only kids can bring. There are the potty emergencies that happen 20 minutes after you left the rest stop.  There are the drink spills that saturate the car seats.  There are spilled toys and fights that break out among sisters.  But through it all, you’re plowing 65 miles an hour to memories.  

But, when all of this chaos is happening, you can take mini-sensory breaks that will give the kids a chance to calm down the fidgets and the wiggles.  

As an occupational therapist in the school-based setting, I often times made recommendations to parents and teachers for kids who needed to move during the span of a class or school-day.  

Unfortunately, when you are travelling long distances in a car on a road trip, you can’t always stop and get out to move and stretch.  There are definitely times that a rest stop is needed and those are the perfect times for kids to get out of the car and run a bit.  

But, when you are stuck in a van or car for a while, sometimes kids just need to have a sensory break.  This is true for typical kids or kids with sensory processing disorders (and parents, too)!

We made these snack bottles to help with calming sensory input using Twizzlers Twists.  

Sensory Processing Disorder (and types of sensory needs, outlined in our Sensory Lifestyle Handbook) in children can present with many different sensory needs due to difficulties with modulating sensory input.  

The long car ride of a family vacation can cause sensory overload or a lack of sensory input to kids who need help regulating input. Whether a child with sensory processing disorder is sensory seeking, under-responsive to sensory input, or sensory defensive, oral motor sensory integration activities like chewy beef jerky sticks, twizzlers, licorice chews, or fruit leather can help.  

The repetition of chewing a licorice twist can help to calm and regulate sensory needs.  

Related, please check out our resource on Ayres Sensory Integration for an understanding on the theory of what is happening in our sensory systems.

Oral motor sensory input for kids with sensory processing disorder or typical kids who need a sensory break and proprioceptive input during long car rides.

How To make a Road Trip Sensory Snack

With kids, a road trip almost guarantees a messy car with crumbs and spills.  We wanted to create a container that would hold our Twizzlers  or licorice twists and keep the mess on the lower end.  A cute container is bonus, so we pulled out the ribbons and glue gun.  

These snack holders will keep our Twizzlers or fruit chews ready for kids (and the parents) that need a quick sensory break during a long trip:

Oral motor sensory input for kids with sensory processing disorder or typical kids who need a sensory break and proprioceptive input during long car rides.


Gather a few tall plastic jars from the recycle bin.  We used recycled peanut jars and loved that the lids coordinated with our Twizzlers Twists!  

Grab a strand of ribbon and the glue gun to make these jars something special.

Oral motor sensory input for kids with sensory processing disorder or typical kids who need a sensory break and proprioceptive input during long car rides.
Cut the ribbon to fit around the jar.  Using the hot glue gun, attach the ribbon.  You can layer on colors, or get the kids involved in decorating by using decorative tape or even permanent markers to decorate the snack containers.
Now you’ll need Twizzlers candy.  We grabbed our Twizzlers Twists and  Twizzlers Pull N Peels along with all of the other must-haves for our vacation.
Oral motor sensory input for kids with sensory processing disorder or typical kids who need a sensory break and proprioceptive input during long car rides.
Fill the containers with Twizzlers Twists and Twizzlers Pull N Peels.  They are ready to grab and go on your next road trip with the family!
Oral motor sensory input for kids with sensory processing disorder or typical kids who need a sensory break and proprioceptive input during long car rides.
Oral motor sensory input for kids with sensory processing disorder or typical kids who need a sensory break and proprioceptive input during long car rides.

More Sensory Strategies for Road Trips

You’ll find more tools to survive Summer road trips with a sensory sensitive child that meet the interests of the child in our book, The Sensory Lifestyle Handbook. The book supports interests and motivating activities that occur naturally during the day to day tasks like a long car ride!


The Sensory Lifestyle Handbook is a comprehensive resource offering a strategy guide to create sensory diets and turn them into a lifestyle of sensory success!

Colleen Beck, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since 2000, working in school-based, hand therapy, outpatient peds, EI, and SNF. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. Read her story about going from an OT making $3/hour (after paying for kids’ childcare) to a full-time OT resource creator for millions of readers. Want to collaborate? Send an email to

Dramatic Play Benefits

dramatic play benefits

We know the power of play as a learning tool, and today we are focusing on the many dramatic play benefits when it comes to pretend play in children. Occupational therapy play is a tool to drive skills, and there is a good reason why…play is the occupation of the child, and pretend play benefits the development of so many skills!

These dramatic play ideas are fun ways to support so many areas of child development using creative small world play. Check out the dramatic play ideas below! Dramatic play is a developmental part of the play age and stages that children progress through.

Dramatic play is important at each stage of child development. First, let’s cover what we mean by dramatic play.

pretend play benefits

What is Dramatic Play

Dramatic play, also known as pretend play or imaginative play, refers to a form of play where children engage in make-believe scenarios. The child can pretend to be part of a scene or world, or pretend to be a different person. The child takes on different roles in a dramatic play scenario and uses their imagination to create and act out stories, situations, and interactions.

Dramatic play involves the use of small toys, pretend play props, costumes, and the transformation of ordinary objects into symbolic representations. This might include:

  • dress up clothes
  • pretend play sets (kitchen toys or a post office play set)
  • Mini figures like dinosaur figures
  • Manipulative toys like blocks, building toys, etc.
  • Pretending to feed a baby
  • Playing school
  • SO much more!

Dramatic play benefits include allowing the child to explore and experiment with various roles, emotions, and social dynamics, fostering cognitive, language, social, emotional, and physical development. It encourages creativity, problem-solving, language skills, and the development of social and emotional competence. Through dramatic play, children develop a deeper understanding of themselves, others, and the world around them while having fun and actively participating in their own learning process.

Dramatic play includes two types of play:

  • Structured Play: Structured play involves rules in games or guided play. This includes setting up a play scenario with props, dress-up costumes, printable themed resources, and toys.
  • Unstructured Play: Unstructured play is a creative and open-ended play scenario. The child leads the play. This includes using blocks as a pretend phone, or using toys in a way not traditionally intended.

Either version of dramatic play can include parallel play at various ages.

Dramatic play can look like:

pretend play benefits

Dramatic Play Benefits

Dramatic play, also known as pretend play or imaginative play, plays a crucial role in supporting child development in various domains.

For example, by participating in dramatic play, benefits exist in physical, cognitive, sensory participation, and even executive functioning skills….and more!

Here are several ways in which dramatic play benefits children:

  1. Cognitive Development: Dramatic play enhances children’s cognitive skills. When engaging in pretend play, children create and manipulate imaginary scenarios, which helps develop their problem-solving abilities, critical thinking skills, and creativity. They learn to think flexibly, plan and organize their ideas, and make decisions within the context of their play. Problem solving activities for preschoolers often times involve dramatic play.
  2. Language Development: Pretend play provides children with opportunities to practice and develop their language skills. As children engage in dramatic play, they create dialogue, negotiate roles and scenarios, and communicate with their playmates. This process promotes receptive language, vocabulary expansion, sentence structure, and conversational skills. Children also learn to express their thoughts, ideas, and emotions effectively.
  3. Social and Emotional Development: Through dramatic play, children develop social and emotional competence and social emotional learning. They learn to take on different roles, empathize with others, and understand different perspectives. Pretend play encourages cooperation, collaboration, and turn-taking, helping children build social skills and develop positive relationships. Additionally, dramatic play allows children to explore and express their emotions, experiment with different behaviors, and develop self-regulation skills.
  4. Self-Care Skills: Pretend play benefits include the ability to practice self-care skills. When children dress up in dress up clothing, they have the opportunity to practice putting on and taking off clothing, manipulating buttons, zippers, snaps, etc.
  5. Fine Motor Skill Development: While engaging in dramatic play, children often engage in fine motor skills challenging grasp, strength, object manipulation, and tool use. Whether they are pretending to be a chef, a firefighter, or a superhero, they use their bodies to imitate and enact various roles. This physical engagement supports the development of precision skills, fine motor skills, coordination, and spatial awareness.
  6. Gross Motor Skill Development: Dramatic play benefits includes exploring different motor plans that challenge balance, coordination, movement, manipulating objects, force modulation and more.
  7. Self-Confidence- Participating in dramatic play has the benefit of a stress-free environment for children to practice skills, act out their imagination, and use toys to do a “job”. The play environment can be an opportunity to gain confidence in how their body moves and areas like manipulating objects or using language. This is a powerful tool for the young child to practice skills through play!
  8. Imagination and Creativity: Dramatic play fosters children’s imagination and creativity. It allows them to create and explore new worlds, situations, and possibilities. By using their imagination, children can transform ordinary objects into props and invent imaginative storylines. This imaginative thinking supports their ability to generate new ideas, think outside the box, and approach problems with creativity.
  9. Cultural and Social Understanding: Pretend play often involves children imitating and reenacting real-life situations they observe in their environment. Through dramatic play, children can explore different cultural practices, societal roles, and community dynamics. This process promotes cultural awareness, understanding of social norms, and appreciation for diversity.
  10. Planning and Organization: Engaging in dramatic play requires children to plan and organize their play scenarios. They need to decide on roles, create a storyline, gather props, and coordinate with their playmates. This process develops their ability to think ahead, set goals, and create a structure for their play. Through practice, children learn to plan and organize their actions, which is essential for future tasks and activities.
  11. Problem-Solving: Pretend play often involves obstacles or challenges that children encounter within their play scenarios. They need to use their problem-solving skills to find creative solutions and overcome these challenges. Whether it’s figuring out how to rescue a pretend character or deciding how to handle a pretend conflict, children engage in critical thinking and develop their problem-solving abilities during dramatic play.
  12. Cognitive Flexibility: Dramatic play encourages children to think flexibly and adapt to different roles and scenarios. They need to switch between different characters, adjust their behaviors, and respond to unexpected situations. This cognitive flexibility helps children develop mental agility, adaptability, and the ability to consider multiple perspectives. All of this is part of the development of attention skills that carry over to everyday tasks.
  13. Inhibitory Control: Pretend play involves children pretending to be someone else or engaging in imaginary situations. This requires them to regulate their impulse control and control their behaviors. For example, a child pretending to be a teacher needs to control their natural inclination to act like a student. By practicing inhibitory control during dramatic play, children develop their ability to regulate their actions and emotions in real-life situations.
  14. Working Memory: Dramatic play benefits also includes working memory skills. This occurs through remembering and recalling details, such as the roles, storylines, and actions within the play scenario. Children need to hold this information in their working memory as they engage in play and make decisions. This practice strengthens their working memory skills, which are crucial for learning and problem-solving.
  15. Self-Regulation: Engaging in dramatic play provides children with opportunities to regulate their emotions and behaviors. They learn to take on different roles, manage conflicts, and control their impulses. As they navigate various scenarios, children develop self-regulation skills, including emotional regulation, impulse control, and the ability to modulate their behavior based on the demands of the play.

Dramatic Play Ideas

Dramatic play is a meaningful and motivating way to play with kids. Dramatic play can include:

  • Pretend kitchen sets
  • Construction worker costumes
  • Pizza shop pretend play
  • Pretending to be a doctor and using a doctor’s kit
  • Pretending to fix things
  • Playing vet
  • Playing post office
  • Pretend shopping with a shopping cart toy

There are many ways to foster and support all of the benefits of dramatic play. Some items to have on hand include:

  1. Dress-Up Clothes: Costumes and dress-up clothes are fantastic for encouraging dramatic play. Items like hats, capes, princess dresses, doctor’s coats, or firefighter uniforms allow children to transform into different characters and bring their pretend scenarios to life.
  2. Props and Play Sets: Having a variety of props and play sets can enhance dramatic play experiences. Examples include toy food and kitchen utensils for a pretend kitchen, dolls or action figures for creative storytelling, toy tools for a pretend workshop, or a toy cash register for playing store.
  3. Play Tents or Forts: Play tents or forts create a designated space for imaginative play. Children can turn these areas into houses, castles, or secret hideouts, allowing their imagination to take flight as they create and act out different scenarios.
  4. Puppets and Puppet Theater: Puppets are excellent tools for dramatic play. Hand or finger puppets allow children to bring characters to life and engage in storytelling. A puppet theater can further enhance the experience by providing a stage for children to perform their puppet shows.
  5. Open-Ended Toys: Open-ended toys with multiple uses and possibilities can stimulate imaginative play. Examples include building blocks, LEGO sets, magnetic tiles, or play dough. These items can be transformed into anything a child imagines, supporting creativity and problem-solving skills.
  6. Play Kitchen or Workbench: Play kitchens and workbenches provide children with a space to pretend to cook, clean, fix things, or engage in other adult roles. These props can spark imaginative play and allow children to imitate real-life activities.
  7. Writing and Drawing Materials: Writing materials such as paper, pencils, markers, and crayons can be incorporated into dramatic play. Children can create signs, menus, or tickets, adding an additional layer of authenticity to their play scenarios.
  8. Costumes and Accessories: Alongside dress-up clothes, accessories like masks, hats, wigs, and jewelry can add excitement and creativity to dramatic play. These items can help children fully immerse themselves in their chosen roles and characters.
  9. Manipulative items like figurines, small toys, glass gems, seashells, etc. These items can be used in sensory bins and small world activities to gain all the benefits of dramatic play in kids.

Sensory Bins: Sensory bins are containers filled with a base material like rice, sand, water beads, or sensory-friendly materials such as kinetic sand or cloud dough.

These bins can be themed based on children’s interests or specific play scenarios. For example, a beach-themed sensory bin might include sand, seashells, toy sea animals, and small buckets and shovels. Sensory bins allow children to explore textures, engage their senses, and create imaginary worlds. They can use the materials to build landscapes, dig for hidden treasures, or simulate real-world experiences.

Small World Activities: Small world activities involve creating a miniature representation of a specific environment or theme. This could include setting up a farm with toy animals, a city with toy cars and buildings, or a jungle with plastic trees and animal figures.

Small world play encourages children to use their imagination to create stories, interact with the characters and props, and engage in pretend scenarios within the miniature world. It promotes narrative skills, problem-solving, and creativity.

The importance of dramatic play is vast, as we’ve covered in the lists above. Dramatic play provides a holistic learning experience for children, encompassing cognitive, language, social, emotional, and physical development. It helps them build a foundation for future learning, problem-solving, and social interactions, while also fostering their innate creativity, imagination, and joy of play. These skills carryover to functional performance of daily activities, and uses the child’s primary occupation as the means and the tool!

So, how can you gain all of the benefits of dramatic play in meaningful and motivating play set-ups?

Try some of the dramatic play ideas below!

Puppet-theatre from Kids Play Space-Re-use a box to create your own puppet theatre, ready for show time!
 Kids Activities Blog-Uses paper bags and paints to create a small world play area for dolls, we will be doing this one for sure!
Leaf-puppet-craft from All Things With a Purpose- A perfect fall time craft for dramatic play!
Egg carton dragon puppet from Life With Moore Babies- This creative puppet is adorable!
Itsy-bitsy-spider sticky wall from Fantastic Fun and Learning- Love the use of contact paper and foam sheets to have the story stick to the wall.
Native American small world craft from Crayon Box Chronicles- Perfect for small world play for this time of year with Thanksgiving coming!

Partner Yoga Poses for Kids

partner yoga poses for kids

If you are looking for a fun and healthy activity to do with a group of children, partner yoga poses for kids are the way to go. Kids yoga partner poses offer a great option for small groups that not only promotes gross motor coordination, physical fitness, and self-regulation supports, but also encourages social connection and teamwork. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of partner yoga for kids and share some beginner, moderate, and advanced partner yoga poses that are suitable for children of all ages and abilities.

partner yoga poses for kids

Partner Yoga for Kids

Yoga is a fantastic way for kids to stay active and healthy while also promoting mental and emotional wellbeing. Some of the benefits of yoga for kids include:

In addition to these benefits, partner yoga for children has the added advantage of promoting social skills, problem solving, and teamwork. By working together with a partner or group, kids can learn valuable skills such as communication, cooperation, and trust. 

It may be worth while to try single yoga poses before going straight for kids partner yoga. However, if you start where the child is at, anything is possible! We have tons of adorable yoga card decks to inspire your next step:

Unicorn Yoga

Penguin Yoga 

Butterfly Yoga & Exercise

Posture Exercise for Kids

Cross Crawl Exercises 

Some partner yoga positions for kids can include the list below. We’ve also broken down various partner yoga for kids into levels of difficulty as a way to grade this motor activity, depending on the needs of the individuals.

  1. Double Tree Pose
  2. Double Downward Dog
  3. Partner Forward Fold
  4. Partner Backbend
  5. Partner Boat Pose
  6. Seated Wide-Legged Forward Fold with Partner
  7. Partner Wheel Pose
  8. Double Warrior Pose
  9. Partner Twist
  10. Double Child’s Pose
  11. Partner Plank Pose
  12. Flying Lizard Pose
  13. Partner Shoulderstand
  14. Double Camel Pose
  15. Partner Supported Headstand
Easy partner yoga for kids

Easy Partner Yoga Poses for Kids

Let’s jump into some great easy partner yoga poses to start with! This is a great starting point for young kids, or for any age when getting started with partner yoga. Just coordinating body movements with another individual can be a challenge in body awareness, force of modulation, and motor planning!

Please keep in mind the physical abilities and coordination skills of your group (we don’t want any injuries!) and be creative with adjusting these poses as necessary for the benefit of the group. You can even have the kids make up their own poses to really get them involved! 

Try these easy 2 person yoga poses:

Partner Forward Fold: Partners sit down facing eachother in the straddle stretch, where you sit upright with legs out in front of you like a “V”. Partner’s press their feet together and hold hands, taking turns stretching forward and backward. 

Partner Seated Twist: Sit back-to-back with your partner in a criss-cross legged position. Lift your arms and reach and twist to the right. Your left hand should be on your right knee, and your right hand should be on your partner’s left knee. Don’t forget to twist both ways! 

Lizard Sunbathing on a Rock: A crazy fun name, but it’s easier than it sounds! The partner who is the “rock” will curl up into child’s pose. The “lizard” partner will stretch out onto the rock with their arms over their head and legs straight, arching their back over the back of the “rock”. 

Double Chair Pose: Stand back-to-back with your partner, locking elbows. Squat down together until your body resembles a chair – your knees should make a right angle. 

Moderate Partner Yoga Poses 

Next, let’s move into slightly more challenging poses when it comes to yoga for two kids or individuals. These partner poses can be a little more difficult because they require more balance, coordination, and partner involvement.

For children struggling with body awareness and force modulation, this can be a real challenge, but as occupational therapy practitioners, we know the value of using an activity to challenge and build skills at a level that fosters the just right challenge while developing skills.

Partner Tree Pose: Stand side-by-side with your partner and raise your inner arms up to “high five” your partner as high as your can reach. Your inner hips should touch and lean on eachother. Lift your outside foot and place it against your inner thigh. Place your outside arm at your hip, up in the air, or at your partners other hand. You have become one tree with your partner! 

Double Warrior I: Partners face opposite each other and lunge forward with their right leg. Their back legs should make an “x” shape. Raise both arms up and reach slightly behind you to touch the hands of your partner. 

Double Reverse Warrior: Partners will stand side-by-side with their legs far apart. The outer leg bends and the back leg is straight, as in Warrior II. Partners lean back towards eachother in reverse warrior pose, touching fingertips with outside arms. Inside arms can hold hands or rest on the thigh. 

Partner Boat Pose: Sit facing your partner with your legs straight out in front of you. Lift your feet off the ground, touching the soles of the feet together in the air while you balance on your sit bones. Hold hands through or around your legs to help you and your partner balance. 

Advanced Partner Yoga Poses 

These yoga poses for kids require 2 people and more advanced motor skills, balance, and coordination, but the benefits are great. For individuals that need more heavy work input, greater balance and motor planning challenges, these partner yoga positions are ideal.

Double Downward Dog: One partner will go into downward facing dog. The second partner will begin in downward dog and carefully place their feet on the back or hips of their partner, instead of on the ground. 

Balancing Warriors: This partner pose is in warrior III, where the front leg is straight, the body is leaning forward, arms reaching, and the back leg is lifted up into the air to make a “T” shape in the body. Face your partner so when you reach your arms in front of you, you can touch eachother’s shoulders and balance together. 

Bridge and Shoulder Stand: One partner will go into bridge pose, lying on their backs with their hips up. The second partner will start in bridge pose, but place their feet on the knees of their partner, and push up a bit higher into a shoulder stand. 

Plow and Seated Forward Fold: Partner one is in a plow pose, where they are on their backs and bring their feet up over their head so they are sort of folded at the stomach. The second partner brings their legs on top of the plow and leans forward into a seated forward fold. Partners reach towards each other to grab hands – this pose looks a bit like an infinity symbol! 

Tips for Partner Yoga for Kids

There are many ways to target specific skills through yoga activities. Try some of these tips to foster all of the benefits of partner yoga with kids:

  • Make sure to switch up partner placements for the poses where they have different tasks!
  • Switch sides as well, so both the left and right get the same level of exercise or stretch.
  • Encourage the kids to listen to their bodies, keep breathing, and laugh when they fall.
  • Consider using the ideas listed above within the family before moving to friends or small groups in therapy sessions. Offer the ideas listed above as options for family yoga poses. This can provide all of the benefits while participating in a more comfortable environment.

All in all, yoga poses for kids with 2 people is a fun and healthy activity for kids that promotes physical fitness, mental and emotional wellbeing, and social connection.

By practicing a wide variety of poses – ones for flexibility, balance, and strengthening – kids of all ages and abilities can enjoy the benefits of yoga while building valuable teamwork and communication skills.

Sydney Thorson, OTR/L, is a new occupational therapist working in school-based therapy. Her
background is in Human Development and Family Studies, and she is passionate about
providing individualized and meaningful treatment for each child and their family. Sydney is also
a children’s author and illustrator and is always working on new and exciting projects.