Sensory Modulation Disorder

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...

Long Grass Offers a Ton of Sensory Input

The old adage says that April showers can bring May flowers.  Along with those flowers comes grass.  Lots of long grass, growing in lawns everywhere.  Grass that can look beautiful.  Unfortunately, it does not...
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...

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...

The Moon Sand Starter Set Provides Tactile Input

The Moon Sand Starter Set comes with everything needed for sand play in one convenient set. The modeling material feels and responds just like wet sand, bringing the beach home to your kids. The kit...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Over Sensitive to Sound? Consider Homeopathy

Most people probably don’t think of homeopathy as a treatment for sensory processing disorder.  In fact, homeopathic remedies are often very effective in alleviating various forms of sensory dysregulation. Sensory dysregulation can take a...