Sensory

Overload: Managing Stimuli Overload for your Special Needs Child

Laundry day. We'd let the dirty clothes stack up for too long, with my husband and I on alternating travel schedules. When we finally got it all done, it soared in a mountain over...

Working with Aggressive Children

As any type of therapist or parent, it’s difficult to work with a child that demonstrates aggressive behavior.  When you are a parent, you are dealing with it all of the time.  Many times,...

Managing Sensory Overload: An Insider’s Perspective

Sensory differences are often very common in individuals who have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), as well as other special needs. Everyday events can be considered completely overstimulating. As a young adult with ASD, I get...

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,...

Physical Therapy and SPD, The Sensory-Motor Team

October is both National Physical Therapy Month and National Sensory Awareness Month. Given the timing of both of these opportunities to increase awareness of both of these topics, I would like to explore the...

Processing Sensory Information

When my son, JJ, was quite young, he would put his hands over ears when there were loud noises; he would spin when he entered a room that had too much going on, and...

Wearing SPD Lenses: 7 All-Season Reasons to Purchase Pool Noodles

The first official day of summer is but days away and, so, summer recreation items are on sale everywhere.  Well, don’t just breeze by that bin of inexpensive pool noodles.  Dig down into your...