Stress Reducers

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...

My Personal Experience on Being Rigid with Routines and Rituals

If you work with or care for a loved one with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I am sure you know that individuals with ASD are known to be somewhat rigid in their routines.  As...

Shift Your Focus During a Tantrum: God Spoke to Me

It was a beautiful day as I cheerily loaded my kids in the car to take my youngest son, Jake, to Occupational Therapy.  He eagerly climbed his 7-year-old body into his car seat.  Jake...

Use Wind Chimes to Soothe Your Child

The wind chime is an exotic and beautiful instrument which has a gentle wavy movement and produces the most pleasant and calming sounds. Thanks to these qualities, it is an excellent first musical instrument...

Can Children Suffer From a Fear of Death?

I can distinctly remember being in my grade four classroom and sitting directly beside the window. Our school was very close to a fire and ambulance station, and every now and again the sirens...

A Simple Hand Exercise for a “Quick Bite” of Proprioceptive Input

Proprioception is our body’s understanding of where it is in space. It is a sense that lets us know the position of our physical structure through receptors in our joints. We can stimulate or...

Tick-Tock Breath: Teach Special Needs Children to Modulate Moods

The nervous system is the control center of our body and mind. Children who have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Autism Spectrum  Disorder (ASD) may already be experiencing “interference” or “overload” at the level...

In Focus: Saying Goodbye to the Camera, Hello to Calm

There's one key item that every new parent puts at the top of his or her "must have" list -- and it's not the crib. I'm a talking about a camera. We want to capture...

Two Stress Reducing Ideas for Home and School

Jaylen has always been a little obsessive compulsive, and strong willed to say the least.  Along with those stressors comes some extreme anxiety.  It seems to come and go in waves, sometimes when least...