Sensory Parenting

Cell Phones and SPD

Cell Phones and SPD

Cell Phones and SPD Some people LOVE to talk on the phone.  I hate it.  Absolutely hate it.  I didn’t detest it as much when I was a teenager, but cell phones are the worst.  Please just text me.  Cell phones and SPD do NOT go well together. This is one of those times when having Sensory Processing Disorder interferes with your daily living.  I …

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When Guests Stay Too Long

Guests Stay Too Long

When guests stay too long, my kiddos get overwhelmed.  And I do too!  I love my friends and family, but we can only handle short visits. By short I mean a few hours.  Maybe four hours tops, but that’s pushing it.  We enjoy having guests over.  Barbecuing.  Swimming.  Watching Movies.  Dinner parties. Playdates. You name it.  But what do you do when your guests won’t …

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Seat Belts and SPD

Seat belts and Sensory Processing Disorder

My seat belt is squeezing me!  I feel car sick! How to keep your kids comfortable and safe. You probably haven’t spent too much time thinking about your car’s seat belts, that is, until you have a child with SPD and seat belts may become an issue. In fact, if you have a child or loved one with special needs, seat belts can become not …

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I Tried Sensory Yoga for Kids!

Sensory Yoga for Kids

Sensory Yoga for Kids: Therapeutic Movement for Children of All Abilities by Britt Collins MS, OTR/L If you are unsure about yoga, or find all those pretzel poses intimidating, this book is for you.  Yoga has been around for 5000 years, so while no yoga book necessarily has new information, I found the bits of yoga practice provided to be a perfect, digestible amount, along with …

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Your Winter Sensory Solutions

Sensory Solution in Winter

Stuck inside? Why not make the most of it with a winter sensory solutions checklist. We’ve got 5 great tips for making indoors not just fun, but sensory savvy. For kids with Autism, ADHD, Sensory Integration Disorder or other neurologically based sensory needs, attending to their sensory diet is a must. Regular attention to sensory needs can minimize meltdowns, mood swings and outbursts as well …

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Are You Sensory Compatible?

Sensory Compatible

Do you prefer a candlelight dinner with soft music playing and your significant other gets turned on by bungee jumping off a bridge?  Yikes! What if you desire tight, bear hugs and your love doesn’t like to cuddle or spoon? In fact, some people don’t like to be touched at all except on the rare occasion. What if he wants the ceiling fan on high …

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Reduce Stress by Holding Hands

Holding Hands

The effect of this simple gesture of social support is that the brain and body don’t have to work as hard, they’re less stressed in response to a threat.    – Dr. James A. Coan This beautiful quote from Dr. James A Coan recommends hand holding as a way to reduce stress.  We hold our children’s hands naturally when we’re crossing the street, through the …

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Social Skills at Disneyland

Disneyland Social Skills

What better place to practice social skills than Disneyland? Kids are motivated to try new things there and the cast members are paid to be nice (most are anyways!). Here are some ideas to try  during your next trip, and maybe this will help convince your significant other that the trip to Disneyland is necessary sensory therapy. Whatever works, right?!? Interact with Cast Members In …

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Pre-Holiday Purging For Happy Senses

Pre-Holiday Purge For Happy Senses

It’s common knowledge that a clutter-free home is good for your mind, but what about your other senses? Think about your visual sense and how taxing it is to see toys, mail, and stuff everywhere. Do your stress levels rise when you see all the cleaning and organizing you need to do? Is it hard to think straight when a laundry pile is on your office desk, …

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The Benefits of Using Fidgets

The Benefit of Fidgets

Guest post by Ilana Dannaman from Fun and Function.  I fidget. My kids fidget. I frequently catch my dog fidgeting. We all tend to fidget. Fidgeting, for most of us, acts as a filter, helping us process incoming sensory information. There have been some assumptions that, for example, individuals with Autism may have neuroreceptors that are closer together and thus have a harder time filtering …

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