Holidays

Thanksgiving Dinner

Prepare Kids with Isms for Holiday Dining

Imagine being a school-age child with sensory sensitivities and food allergies. It’s probably pretty difficult to navigate an ordinary day full of classroom and hallway noise, the smells of the cafeteria, the shouts and...

Holiday Gifts to Share with Your Community

As the holidays approach, gifts and shopping are at the top of many of our "to do" lists. Let's take an expanded look at the idea of gifts from a less commercial perspective. Although...
Pumpkins

Sensory Fun and Learning with Pumpkins

Kids with sensory challenges experience the world in a unique way.    Whether kids feel uncomfortable with touching sticky stuff, are grossed out by experiencing new textures or are simply frightened by the thought...
Holiday Stress

Holidays Without Stress: How to Make the Holidays Work for Your Family

We’re not that different from Pavlov’s dogs, who famously drooled at the sound of a bell that had been associated with food. Triggers in our environment cue us to engage in certain behaviours. This...

Tokens of Gratitude: Catch More Flies with Honey

Here is an old idiom for you - "You catch more flies with honey than vinegar." My mom used to say that to me when I was growing up. As with those who have...

December Dilemma – To Travel or Not To Travel

The holiday season is supposed to be full of joy and excitement. We are supposed to look forward to visits from family and friends or to travel to see them. However, when you have...
Mother's Day special needs

Happy Mother’s Day To All Mothers Reaching That "Unreachable" Star

Special-Ism honors special needs mothers around the world with a standing ovation.  We all dream what seems to be an impossible dream.  We all fight what seems to be an unbeatable foe.  We bear...

Hunting for Holiday Break Activities – 6 Special Ways to Hunt for Fun

The holidays are coming soon. With school breaks, you may have a lot of extra time on your hand. Keeping your child busy with fun and educational ideas might be a challenge, but if...
finger play

Sensory Thanksgiving Finger Play Song for Sensory Seekers

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and with it, comes time for fun and feasting -- and, of course, opportunities to see old things in a new sensory-friendly way. As parents, we are always looking...

5 Ways to Use Wrapping Paper for Sensory Diets

No matter what your faith tradition, it seems that at this is the time of year wrapping paper is ubiquitous. Instead of tossing your torn pieces out, try looking at them with an eye...