Category: Sensory Processing Disorder

The After-school Sensory Diet – guest post

October is National Sensory Awareness Month and I’m so excited to welcome Ilana Danneman as our guest author today. Ilana is a mom, Physical Therapist and Creative Director of FunAndFunction.com. I remember a distinct conversation I had with my own PT about the CRAZY meltdowns my son had regularly – all right after school. She told me my son was holding everything in all day, trying so hard to follow the rules and then would lose control as soon as that bell rang. We had meltdowns in front of the school, meltdowns on the bike path home from school,...

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SPD Questions: How do I get a diagnosis?

I have had such amazing feed back about our beginning journey with Sensory Processing Disorder. Over and over again parents say, “it’s like you are sitting in my living room writing this story about my child!” I appreciate all of the support you’ve offered me with success stories from your grown kids, and those of you who have trusted me and reached out for support and advice about your own struggling child. I thought I’d answer some of the top questions I’ve been asked about my son and our experience with SPD in a series of blog posts. Today’s question: Where...

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SPD Questions: Could it be food allergies?

I have had such amazing feed back about our beginning journey with Sensory Processing Disorder. Over and over again parents say, “it’s like you are sitting in my living room writing this story about my child!” I appreciate all of the support you’ve offered me with success stories from your grown kids, and those of you who have trusted me and reached out for support and advice about your own struggling child. I thought I’d answer some of the top questions I’ve been asked about my son and our experience with SPD in a series of blog posts. Today’s...

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Sensory Awareness Month and Comfort Weighted Blankets

Many of you know about our adventure with Sensory Processing Disorder. It’s been a roller coaster (I’ll post more about that later). And actually, October is actually Sensory Awareness Month. (Who knew?) In school students are taught all about the five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. So, it may surprise you to learn we actually have seven senses. Yes, seven. Proprioception and vestibular senses are not as well known, but equally important.   Vestibules are located in the inner ear and detect motion and balance. Proprioceptive receptors are located in the joints, tendons and muscles all over the...

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How to make a magnetic routine board

One thing I’ve learned about kids with Sensory Processing Disorder: they don’t do well with transitions. Going from activity to activity or event to event can be too much for them to handle and often results in temper-tantrums or melt downs. Transitions are tough for lots of different kids. My friend Nike has a son with Autism who struggles with routines too. Our Occupational Therapist suggested a routine board so that my son could see what the plan for the morning or evening should look like. My little guy struggled the most with ‘start up’ and ‘wind down’ routines, like what to...

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