Sensory Processing Disorder

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...

Hurricane Preparedness – Sensory Style

"Whether the weather be good, or whether the weather be bad, we must remember sensory needs, if we are to remain regulated and glad." Hurricane season is in our midst and for many, this rhyming...

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...

Pool Noodles: Sensory Fun Outside the Pool

It’s the time of year again when pool noodles are on sale in just about every store.  Stock up on these flexible foam devices and enjoy loads of sensory fun activities throughout the year! If...
sensory defensive

4 Steps to Discovering Happiness with a Sensory-Defensive Child

Suppose that you are in my class and I am sharing some vital information with you. Now, also suppose that I have dropped a spider down the back of your shirt, where he is...

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...

Taming the Grinch In Your House

While reading The Grinch (who) Stole Christmas one night, My son on my lap, and the tree, all a-light, I pondered the Grinch at holiday time, Hating the noise, the singing, the standing in line. The Dr. (Seuss)...

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...

Swimmer’s Ear: May be Missed in Sensory Kids

Swimmer's Ear is highly common in children during the summer months. Children with autism spectrum disorder or sensory processing disorder (SPD) are known to experience auditory sensitivity. They may not like loud sounds or may...