Sensory Processing Disorder

Bowling: A Wonderful Sensory Activity

Bowling is a wonderful sensory activity for kids.  No matter how you and your child decides to bowl, bowling is a simple, fun activity that offers heavy work, motor planning, strengthening, and visual motor...
Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms

Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms

Sensory Integration Disorder often presents as a behavioral problem; thus, although it’s an internal state, it has to be addressed based on what observable behaviors are seen in the child. As Occupational Therapist, Bonnie Hacker,...

Tick-Tock Breath: Teach Special Needs Children to Modulate Moods

The nervous system is the control center of our body and mind. Children who have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Autism Spectrum  Disorder (ASD) may already be experiencing “interference” or “overload” at the level...

Defining the Six Subtypes of SPD

A leader in the field of all things sensory, Dr. Lucy J. Miller of the STAR Center - Sensory Therapies and Research, poses that there are six subtypes of SPD.  SPD is an acronym...

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...

The Essentials for a Sensory-Friendly Learning Environment

Many children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and other isms find it easier to study at home rather than in public school. For these children, school can be a scary place not only because of...
motor planning

Use Frisbees and Hats to Promote Motor Skills!

There's a great book of party game ideas entitled, Kids Outdoor Parties by Penny Warner. I tend to look at things with therapeutic lenses on, always on a quest for fun game ideas that hold...

Students Living and Coping With Sensory Differences

As an individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, I experience sensory differences. These sensory differences can and often do impact my day-to-day life. One important thing to remember is that I have always had...

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...

Four Tips for Surviving (and enjoying!) Church Services with Your Children

I remember sitting in church as a child every Sunday alongside my family. My brother and I would often doodle on the bulletin or I would play with little toys I carefully chose to...