Sensory

Parental Sensory Overwhelm

Parenting with a Sensory Modulation Mismatch

In our clinic, we often work with families where there is a significant mismatch between one or both parents and their child. The parent is at one end of the sensory modulation spectrum.  The...

Snowy Days = Sensory Fun

Winter is here and our outlet for naturally rich, sensory-based outdoor play time is beginning to dwindle. Or is it? Over the past few weeks, as the weather in Chicago has begun to grow colder,...

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...

Satisfy Your Sensational Sniffer – Scented Play Dough

All three of my boys have a hypersensitive sense of smell.  They can smell things long before I can, and I think I have a pretty good sniffer. I used to get asked on a...

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...

An Old Fly Swatter Offers Tons of Sensory Fun

Teachers, make your lesson times more purposeful and fun.  Start looking at common objects and events in new ways. Simple objects around the home and classroom can be used in creative ways to meet...

Summer Travel with the Sensory Defensive Child

Some children have nervous systems that are easily overwhelmed. They may demonstrate sensory defensiveness and/or poor sensory regulation/modulation. As a result, careful planning is needed to make summer travel plans successful. Establish Familiar Routines Children...

Easy Sensory Tool: The Shower

I’ve been unable to find any evidence regarding the sensory benefits of showering, but anecdotally, it has become one of my favorite self-regulation tools. Parents, who may be struggling with bed time care or morning...

Sensory Processing Disorder: An Overview

Sensory Integration (SI) is a term that has become quite well-known since its discovery in the 1960’s by developmental psychologist and occupational therapist, A. Jean Ayres, PhD, OTR.  During her work, she observed that...

Build an Emergency Kit and Improve the Lives of Strangers!

When I think about everything we use in a day to keep my child running right, I realized that my emergency kit needs an upgrade. There's no way I can pack up the trampoline,...