Discrimination Disorder

Reading - Visual Challenge

Vision Challenges Result in School Day “Crutches”

We recently had a young adult patient, who comes to us for vision care, describe a re-occurring experience that she would have while attending school. Typical to most classrooms, the teachers would require the...
Swimmer's Ear

Swimmer’s Ear: May be Missed in Sensory Kids

Swimmer's Ear is highly common in children during the summer months. Children with autism spectrum disorder or sensory processing disorder (SPD) are known to experience auditory sensitivity. They may not like loud sounds or may...

Bubbles: 7 Ideas to Stimulate the Senses

Bubbles.  Wonderful fun for kids of all ages and especially beneficial to children in need of oral sensory input.  Used by speech language pathologists and occupational therapists, bubble blowing offers loads of sensory fun...
classroom sounds

Classroom Sounds Send Sensory Kids over the Edge

Sounds.  Some sounds are soothing like the sound of a gentle wind rustling leaves or wind chimes.  Some sounds are absolutely annoying - beyond normal annoying.  When I was sitting in the classroom at...
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...
hyperacusis

Hyperacusis: Bionic Hearing?

It was a busy summer day when hyperacusis presented as a super power - one of bionic hearing.  Michelle and her kids were getting out of their SUV to go to a local playground.  The playground was...
orally defensive

Tooth Brushing for the Orally Defensive

Each February, we celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month at Special-Ism with a focus on isms such as tooth brushing for the orally defensive. Each year, the American Dental Association, along with the ADA Foundation,...
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,...

Why the Brushing Program is so Secretive?

The brushing program is an intervention that supports children with tactile defensiveness who struggle to cope in a world that is often annoying, stressful and overwhelming. Light or unexpected touch can trigger a defensive response...
eye exam

Vision Screening: Is the School Nurse Screening Enough?

August celebrates Children's Eye Health and Safety Month. Many children have healthy eyes, however, there are conditions that can threaten good vision. Unfortunately, you can't always "look" into your child's eyes to tell if they...