Sensory Modulation Disorder

What is Self-Regulation? Self-Regulation and Me!

Today I would like to talk about self-regulation, because I feel it is a very important topic. Once a person learns how to self-regulate, their life will become a lot easier. But first, I am...
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...

Three Ways to Meet Teenage Sensory Needs

I think all of us who work with kids with sensory processing isms feel helpless at times in meeting teenage sensory needs. In fact, one of the most common questions I get is: "What works...
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...
Too Much Glue

Sensory Integration Experiences through Art

Art can be a great way for kids with special isms to get sensory experiences they crave and enjoy.   It can also be a good place for children with sensory integration challenges to be...

Engaging Reluctant Children in Art Play

One of the concerns repeatedly raised by parents is their child’s lack of interest and willingness to engage in art play, especially coloring, drawing and beginning writing activities. Often this is the parent of a...

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...

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...

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...

How to Achieve Sensory Success with Teens

During my years as a school-based occupational therapist (OT), I consistently observed the following: younger kids, like preschoolers through third-graders, loved coming to OT. Often their peers would ask me why they don't "get...