Sensory

Children with a sensory processing disorder do not organize the input from some or all of the eight sensory systems. Children with sensory isms struggle to pull sensory input together in order to make an appropriate response to the environment. This can result in an inability to orient, stay calm and focus attention throughout daily routines.

A child with a Sensory Discrimination Disorder may struggle with one of the eight senses - auditory, interoception, olfactory, oral, proprioception, tactile, vestibular or visual.

Sensory Travel Kids

Tips for Successful Travel with Your Sensitive Child

In Traveling with a Sensory Seeking Child we explored strategies to support your child on vacation if he or she is a sensory seeker, but what if your child is sensitive, more of a...

Low Arousal Sensory System? Hints & Ideas Inside

Thomas was five years old when he first came to occupational therapy. His parents described him as being a ‘good child’. He had never gotten into any trouble. Thomas had never gotten out of...
oral sensory input

8 Fun Oral Sensory Activities to Improve Your Child’s Regulation

Generally when we think about sensory input to help children regulate, we go with the powerhouse trifecta of sensory processing: vestibular, proprioceptive and touch pressure input. There are times, however when you need a quicker,...
Bilateral Integration

Hand Dominance: Is My Child Ambidextrous?

Within the first few minutes of my observation, one thing that becomes instantly apparent amongst children referred for Occupational Therapy (OT), are differences in bilateral integration and sequencing, reluctance to cross midline, and poor...
sensory classroom

Sensory Solutions in the Classroom for the Kid Who Cannot Sit Still

For the child who needs and seeks out movement, being in a classroom can often be a struggle. The expectation to be able to sit still, attend and learn starts in kindergarten, if not...
seat-based-strategies

Seat-Based Sensory Strategies to Keep Students Seated and Focused

My daughters have only been back in school a couple of days now and they are already counting down the weeks until Spring Break! It seems really far away right now and they are...

The Sensory “Ups” of Trampolines

I know trampolines have inherent risks, and I even know the American Academy of Pediatricians discourages their use. But as an Occupational Therapist and a mom with "sensational kids", I also know I would...
Interoception

Interoception: The Least Known Sense

Research the topic of Sensory Processing Disorder and before long, you will discover that there are actually more than the five senses we all learned about in preschool. We already are aware of the...

Defining the Six Subtypes of SPD

A leader in the field of all things sensory, Dr. Lucy J. Miller of the STAR Center - Sensory Therapies and Research, poses that there are six subtypes of SPD.  SPD is an acronym...

The Under-Responsive Side of SPD, Part 1

Do you have a child who loves to crash, jump, bump, run, whirl and spin? A child who simply WILL NOT sit still?! Chances are you have a “sensory seeker”! Or do you instead...