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. […]

Summer Travel Ideas with a Sensory Seeking Child

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Summer comes and it is time for vacation. If you have a child with a sensory processing disorder, extra planning can help make the experience more successful and less stressful for everyone. When you plan your vacation, think about your child’s sensory needs and how they respond to different environments; and also consider the amount […]

Auditory Extraction – Getting the Key Message

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I opened this series with an overview discussion about the Multi-System approach to Auditory Processing Disorders.  According to this system-integrated model developed by this professional, the six main systems involved in auditory processing are: 1. The cognitive system 2. The executive functioning system 3. The auditory system 4. The language system 5. The behavioral and […]

Was My Child’s Vision Exam Enough?

Comprehensive Vision Exam

So if I were to ask, “How many of you enjoy your child’s school conference with the teacher?” do you think I would get a large number saying that it is something they look forward to and enjoy? Probably not! For many parents of children that are struggling in school, it can be quite an […]

Meet the Needs of ALL of Your ‘Sensational’ Kids

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If you have more than one ‘sensational’ kid in your house, trying to coordinate and organize each child’s sensory diet can be an overwhelming task, especially if each child’s needs are on opposite ends of the sensory spectrum. In our house, my daughter is almost exclusively a sensory avoider with motor planning isms, dyspraxia and […]

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