Sensory Modulation Disorder

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...
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Does Your Therapy Office Put Kids in Sensory Overload?

It's important to be aware of a client's sensory needs no matter what clinical service you are providing, whether it's occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, or psychological therapy.  For anyone who sees children...

Sensory Strategies for Under-Responders, Part 2

Last month in The Under-Responsive Side of SPD, Part 1, I talked about the sensory modulation continuum and the specific needs of children with "isms" that are under-responsive to sensory input. This month, I'd...
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Traveling with a Sensory Seeking Child

If you have a child with a sensory processing disorder and/or other isms, extra planning can help make the experience more successful and less stressful for everyone. When you plan your vacation, think...

Engage Kids in the Classroom: 8 Ideas for Heavy Work

It’s Monday morning. You grab your coffee and head into your classroom, ready for a great week. You have your lesson plans ready to launch onto your third grade class. You look across the...
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6 Ways to Calm a Sensory Over Responder

For some children sights, sounds, touch, smell, taste and movement come all too fast, too hard, too loud and way too intensely for their nervous system. They often appear like a deer in the...
Gagging and Sound Irritation

6 Tips to Help with Gagging and Sound Irritation

Does your child cover their ears and yell when they hear someone chewing food? Do they react to the sound of coughing and sneezing? Does your child gag when they watch people eat?  Are they able...

A High Intensity Sport May Suit Your Child’s Needs

Sports can be a wonderful experience for kids. In addition to the obvious physical exercise, there are many benefits. Children learn responsibility and commitment, while having  fun. They can also develop teamwork and leadership...

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...
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What is a Sensory Defensive to Do in an Overstimulating World?

Do clothing labels bother your child so much that you have to remove them? Does your child find many different foods repulsive? Do loud, sudden, or piercing sounds startle your child? Does your child beg for sunglasses...