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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Your Auditory Questions Answered

Hearing Problems In Kids

I receive a lot of auditory questions here. Perhaps because I write about my own auditory processing issues so often. Below please find the top 4 auditory questions answered by auditory specialist Khymberleigh Herwill-Levin, MA. Sp.Ed./AIT and Neurocognitive Practicioner. 1.  Why is music sometimes painful? Your ears are what keep us connected to the world.  If an ear infection, disease or any other condition has been ruled …

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Stadium Seating and SPD

SPD and Stadium Seating

Do your kids act out in stadium seating? Or have a meltdown? Could it be a physical reaction instead of behavioral? I know I couldn’t articulate how I was feeling until recently, and I’m a mom! I’ve always had issues with heights, elevators, floor-to-ceiling windows in skyscrapers, but I’ve dealt by staying clear of danger spots for me and I’m able to keep myself feeling …

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A Sensory Halloween: Costumes, Crafts, and Trick-or-Treating

Sensory Halloween

Prepping For SENSORY Halloween experiences If your child has a sensitive sensory system, it’s best to prep them for new experiences and they can ground themselves and self-regulate before hand. Perhaps jumping on the trampoline, or on the couch if that’s your thing, before going Trick-of-Treating will help cam them. Talk to them before scary characters jump out of the bushes, or watch YouTube videos …

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SPD and Gym Equipment

SPD and Gym Equipment

SPD and Gym Equipment: Falling Off The Treadmill I’ve always self-regulated and kept my SPD under wraps, but this year I’m letting it all out. My confession of the day is that I totally fall off gym equipment, especially elliptical machines, and they’re my favorite. I’m that person you’d see on America’s Funniest Home Videos flying off a treadmill mid-run. Yep, that’s me, a graceful …

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SPD and Heat: It’s Worse When It’s hot

SPD and Heat

SPD and Heat Worldwide we are experiencing relentless heat waves, most notably affecting Europe, the Middle East, and in the Western States here in America. California has been scorching and it’s taking it’s toll on me and my family members with SPD. Sensory Processing Disorder plus heat are not a good combination in my book.  Don’t get me wrong, I love summer time. Swimming, sun …

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Ponytails and Sensory Processing Disorder

Ponytails and Sensory Processing Disorder

Ponytails and Sensory Processing Disorder: A Hairy Situation You wouldn’t think a ponytail would be so complicated.  Simply brush your hair back, collecting it into one hand and wrapping with a rubber band.  But when you have sensory processing disorder, a ponytail takes on a life of its own. For me, an adult with SPD, the perfect spot for my ponytail is the center of my …

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Disneyland Summer Tips: 8 Best Places to Cool Down

Disneyland Summer Tips

Disneyland Summer Tips August is here and it’s blazing in Southern California.  We’re a super sensory sensitive family, so when it’s hot, we get way over heated.  But we love Disneyland, so where do you find some shade at the park when it’s sun scorching hot?  There are many places that have either shade, or air-conditioning.  So plan ahead, or find the closest when your …

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6 Heavy Work Activities for Kids With Sensory Issues

6 heavy work activities

6 Heavy Work Activities for Kids with Sensory Needs It’s our favorite solution for kids with sensory processing disorder, autism, ADHD and  other processing challenges: Heavy Work. As adults we understand the need to exercise. But, exercise is much more than fitness. It engages the body, brain and mind.  For kids, we call this heavy work. Take a look at our top suggestions to get …

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Mama Needs A Sensory Break

Mama Needs A Sensory Break

Yes, my sweet child, Mama needs a sensory break. You’ve told me you sometimes feel like you are walking on the moon, with no center of gravity, and bouncing on the trampoline brings you back to earth. Mama needs to self-regulate too. I can feel discombobulated from life’s constant sensory inundation and taking care of your sensory needs as well. Please don’t think I’m complaining, as there …

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Does Your Child Like STINKY Smells? Here’s Why and What To Do!

Kids Likes Stinky Smells

When I get questions at PeaceAutismAndLove.com, I ask the experts.  Lindsey Biel, OTR/L kindly answered this mom’s question about her son’s stinky smells preferences. Why does my child like to smell gross things?  Dirty socks?  Rotten Eggs? Diapers?  The worse the smell, the more he seems to like it.  Help! Some kids with sensory challenges like to smell everything and the stronger the smell the …

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The 12 Things You NEED to Have A Successful Beach Day

Beach Tips for Sensory Processing Disorder

I find some of the best sensory therapy days we have are when we’re out living our lives.  The grocery store, restaurants, the mall, miniature golfing, anything can be a sensory therapy experience.  One of my favorite though, is the beach.  Growing up, I loved going to the ocean, riding the waves on my boogie board, and burying myself in the sand.  But then I …

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Your Role In Your Child’s Sensory Development

Your Role In Your Child's Sensory System

Do you think you don’t have a role in your child’s sensory development?  That they just are who they are and that’s that?  You have more influence than you think.  100 percent guaranteed. Back in the olden days, the 90’s, I was an undiagnosed sensory mess.  My temperature regulation, sound sensitivities, and being prone to carsickness made me “high maintenance” and “difficult” and well, it …

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