If you are a parent of a child that has difficulty processing sensory input, you may know all too well what a meltdown can look like and how difficult it can be to manage. Sensory meltdowns do not respond effectively to behavioral approaches. As parents, handling these meltdowns behaviorally may be the only strategy we know. If kids are having a sensory meltdown, they are likely not in control of their actions or words. (more…)
Holidays are fun, joyful times with family and friends! AND they are overwhelming, over-stimulating, and exhausting for nearly all of us. Imagine being a sensory kid who is overwhelmed by stimulation on a daily basis, or a sensory kid who needs more, more, more….more movement, more touch, more everything! Holiday gatherings can prove to be very challenging for any type of sensory kid.
Before you head off to ten different family gatherings, make a plan to help your child be successful and ease your stress. First, consider (more…)
Below is a great list of toys and games that would be appropriate for your child based on their therapeutic needs. If you would like to read more on what makes a “perfect gift”, click here “Perfect” Gifts. (more…)
Thanksgiving is a time when we think of gathering with family and friends, enjoying time together and sharing meals. It can be difficult for parents and kids when the food served is not the standard foods that they are used to. This becomes significantly harder when you have a picky eater who avoids any new or non-preferred food. Here are some tips to help ease your holiday meals (more…)
October is Sensory Awareness month. As a way to raise awareness about sensory processing difficulties, we asked one of our wonderful families to answer some questions about their journey with their son, Will. We would like to thank the Jennings family for taking the time to help others understand sensory processing difficulties by sharing their story (more…)
October is Sensory Awareness Month and we’d like to take the opportunity to answer the question…What is Sensory Processing?
We learn about our bodies and the world around us through the use of our senses. Everything we do requires the use of our seven sensory systems: tactile (touch), olfactory (smell), gustatory (taste), auditory (sound), visual (sight), vestibular (movement & balance), and proprioceptive (body awareness & movement). Sensory processing is the ability of the nervous system to perceive sensory information, process it, and produce a response based on how the information is interpreted. This occurs in every body every moment of the day. The body is constantly bombarded with an array of sensory information. To participate effectively in daily life activities, we need our sensory systems to be integrated and “working together” to give us information about our body, how to use our body, how to interact with others, and how to interact with the world around us. The ability to efficiently process sensory information impacts all of our daily life activities. (more…)
Below you will find an abbreviated Sensory Processing Signs and Symptoms Checklist that can help you determine if your child would benefit from an Occupational Therapy evaluation.
Signs that your child may not be efficiently processing visual information:
□ Sensitive to light (squints, blinks, covers eyes)
□ Poor reading, writing, and math skills
□ Poor eye contact
□ Poor handwriting (more…)
Visual Supports in Every Day Life
The idea of visual supports may not seem applicable for everyone, but each day we use lists, calendars, signs and pictures to get through our day. These visual supports help us to (more…)
Back to School Wellness Tips
Now that kids are back to school, they are exposed to lots of stress, germs, and activities that can impact their learning. Here are a few tips to keep your kids healthy and ready to learn for the upcoming school year (more…)
Michelle Garcia Winner developed Social Thinking® in the 1990’s when working as a speech language pathologist in a high school. She quickly learned that she was working with many kids that had undiagnosed social deficits that were not being effectively addressed. Michelle designed and continues to build her Social Thinking® program to work with kids that have social cognitive deficits.
Social competence is not entirely something that is taught. However, we expect that kids can be effective in interacting with others (more…)