Christmas/Hanukkah

Sensory Gift Giving

Want a Joyous Holiday Season? Mind those Sensory Needs

It’s getting closer and closer to that time! The holiday season is upon us.  The children are beginning to get excited about the wonder of upcoming holiday adventures.  While their excitement is ramping up,...
Thanksgiving - Sensory

Sensory Strategies for Holiday Dinners

The word Holiday alone brings up a wide variety of emotions. For some, feelings of joy, cheer, peace, and relaxation fill their bodies. For others, feelings of nervousness, anxiety, or stress may begin to...

Prevent Holiday Meltdowns for You and Your Child

Holiday gatherings have led to some of the most humungous meltdowns we’ve experienced with my youngest son Jake, who is diagnosed on the severe end of the autism spectrum.  I can’t say I haven’t...

3 Tips to Adjust to the Holiday Break

Holiday break is here. Presents are open. Family is visiting. The normal routines are a mess. Though we may love the fact that we don’t have to get our children up at the crack of...
Unwanted Gifts - Behavior

Help Children Graciously Accept Disappointing Gifts

It happens quite often, a child wants a cool new game and ends up getting a pair of socks. If this is your child, especially your child with isms, how might you handle it without...
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...

Sensory Motor Holiday Gift Suggestions

When you have a child with specific sensory and/or motor needs, it is important to keep these in mind when shopping for holiday gifts.  I still remember spending money I did not have...

Tinsel Time: 5 Sensory Activities

The holiday season is upon us, and soon, leftover tinsel will be sold at deep discounts.  You know tinsel, that stringy, messy, silvery stuff that some toss onto their Christmas trees to create more...

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas by the Ism

Shopping for gifts during the holidays can be overwhelming. But if you have a child with special needs, this task can be even more difficult. Your child may have a narrow range of interests,...
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...