Sensory Processing Disorder

Big Foot Relay: A Skill Building Game

Spring is here and the warm weather beckons back yard play.  Special-Ism is always seeking ideas to turn ordinary games into activities that offer skill building, therapeutic benefits - unbeknownst to the children. Big Foot...

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...

Simple Yoga to Reduce Anxiety in Kids

Are your looking to reduce anxiety in your child?  Yoga is by far one of the most accessible, effective and low-cost anxiety reducing techniques available. Did you know that 1 in 8 children are diagnosed...

Satisfy Your Sensational Sniffer – Scented Play Dough

All three of my boys have a hypersensitive sense of smell.  They can smell things long before I can, and I think I have a pretty good sniffer. I used to get asked on a...
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...

Five Solutions to Support Social Growth

Jaimie, a child with sensory isms, has always struggled with social issues. When she was very young, she was terrified to be around other children and adults. She avoided any sort of social interaction,...
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Incorporate Balance and Vestibular Activities into Lessons

Have you every considered incorporating balance and vestibular activities into your lesson plans?  The result of calm, regulated and eager learners will certainly inspire you to add more activities.  Give it a go and...
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Enhance Your Sensory Diet with Simple Rocks

With summer behind us and Indian Summer at its height, my children and I have been enjoying quieter time at the beach, in our yard and on walks. Everywhere we go, there seems to be...

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...

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...