What is a Sensory Defensive to Do in an Overstimulating World?

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Do clothing labels bother your child so much that you have to remove them? Does your child find many different foods repulsive? Do loud, sudden, or piercing sounds startle your child? Does your child beg for sunglasses even on a cloudy day? Does your child panic when he has to go down an escalator or […]

Move Into Fall & Process Sensory Information More Efficiently

Movement in Fall

The air is crisp and the colors are bright. Autumn is a perfect time of year for your action seekers! Movement not only builds strength but its good for the bones, heart, lungs and brain. In addition, it acts as a great sensory filter helping to process incoming sensory information more efficiently. The cool air […]

Teens & Young Adults Need Breaks at School Too

Teens Need Breaks

Once students move from elementary to middle school and beyond, their morning and afternoon recess is no longer tether ball, four square, handball, jump rope and kickball. Students are now simply “at break” or “on a break” from their regular work load at school.  All kids, no matter the age, needs breaks at school. Most […]

6 Tips to Help with Gagging and Sound Irritation

Gagging and Sound Irritation

Does your child cover their ears and yell when they hear someone chewing food? Do they react to the sound of coughing and sneezing? Does your child gag when they watch people eat?  Are they able to chew and swallow food without retching? There are two sets of symptoms to describe gagging and sound irritation. The latter […]

A Sensory Break Saves the Day

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Today while working with one of my vision therapy patients, I heard one of my other therapists, ”Sue,” getting very frustrated with her six-year-old patient, “Peter” during their therapy session. This high energy first grader had just come from a long day at school and now was expected to continue to focus and concentrate on […]

Engage Kids in the Classroom: 8 Ideas for Heavy Work

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It’s Monday morning. You grab your coffee and head into your classroom, ready for a great week. You have your lesson plans ready to launch onto your third grade class. You look across the room and realize … it’s not going to happen. Your kids are disengaged. You need some classroom management. You really don’t […]

Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms

Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms

Sensory Integration Disorder often presents as a behavioral problem; thus, although it’s an internal state, it has to be addressed based on what observable behaviors are seen in the child. As Occupational Therapist, Bonnie Hacker, MHS, OTR/L shares in her article “Sensory Solutions in the Classroom for the Kid who Cannot Sit Still“, “For the […]

Auditory Processing: Memory, Organization and Integration

Auditory Memory

In a seven part series, I covered the multiple components involved with an Auditory Processing Disorder. I opened the discussion by describing the multi-system approach and moved into the sensory component to auditory processing, auditory discrimination, auditory hyper-sensitivity, auditory extraction, as well as auditory attention and distractibility. This final article in the series will introduce […]

Reading Challenges? When to Suspect Vision as a Culprit

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I earned a degree in education and was an elementary school teacher before my current role as administrator and head therapist for The Vision Improvement and Sensory Learning Programs. I now look back and wonder what kind of teacher I would have been if I knew then what I know now, especially with regard to […]

Is it Auditory Attention or Auditory Distractibility?

Auditory Distraction

For those who have been following this series on the multi-system approach to Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), you have learned that APD is indeed a multifaceted disorder. I discussed Auditory Awareness – an ism of the awareness of the presence of sound, demonstrated by the child not responding to sound, its source and its location. […]

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