Sensory Processing Disorder

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...

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...

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...

What Exactly IS Sensory Processing Disorder?

Have you been told that your child has a sensory processing disorder (SPD)? If so, you may be wondering exactly what that is! October is National Sensory Awareness month, so this is the perfect...
Optometrist evaluation

Eyegames, Part 3: Behavioral Optometrist’s Evaluation

Eyegames: Easy and Fun Visual Exercises: An OT and Optometrist Offer Activities to Enhance Vision! was co-authored by Lois Hickman and Rebecca Hutchins, an occupational therapist and an optometrist, and is a must read....

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...

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...