The Sensory Processing Disorder Blog

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Jan 18, 2021

I needed to have my stomach held in tight

When I was a young boy, I had a cousin in her teens who always used to hold me on her lap. And somehow there was an unspoken custom between us, that she

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Jan 16, 2021

IEP Bingo

I had shared some of the IEP humour from this site on a yahoo group. Another lady then shared this game. He takes the most commonly used phrases in a meeting

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Jan 15, 2021

Strawberry Ice Cream Day!

SENSORY TOOL: It’s the stress relief of aromatherapy. An afternoon at an ice cream parlor combined into one of the most soothing fidget toys around!

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Jan 14, 2021

How Can I Set Up Sensory-Friendly Spaces at Home for Online Learning?

An online learning environment can be tricky for easily distracted students with ADHD, auditory processing disorder, and sensory issues.

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Jan 13, 2021

How Autism Affects Sensory Processing

Sensory processing – our body’s experience of and reaction to sensory stimuli such as sounds, tastes, smells, or touches – is often heavily affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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Jan 12, 2021

School says not SPD but Behavioral Problems

My son was diagnosed last March with SPD more specifically sensory seeking, postural disorder and mild auditory over-responsivity. I was so glad to finally

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Jan 11, 2021

Unmasking Sensory Processing Disorder

While most of us can bear wearing a mask on the daily, some individuals struggle with it

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Jan 11, 2021

It's Learn Your Name In Morse Code Day!

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Jan 10, 2021

7 1/2 year old still wets pants daily, dry at night...HELP!

My son gave up diapers at 3, and from 3 to 4 was doing great with only occasional accidents. Around his 4th birthday, from what I remember, he started

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Jan 10, 2021

Zoo helping people with sensory needs

If a visitor to Minot’s Roosevelt Park Zoo has SPD, the zoo can help that person have a more pleasurable visit.

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Jan 08, 2021

My 4 year old son was just diagnosed with SPD

For the past three years I have had a very hard time understanding why my son does some of the things that he does. The daycare he attends has been wanting

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Jan 06, 2021

The Sensory Systems

The processing of an individual gained from the environment through the senses is known as sensory processing.

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Jan 05, 2021

Sensitivity to Soap and Bubbles

Our son has a rare chromosome disorder. He has developmental delay (about the mental age of a 5-6 year old, although he is 13). He has a real aversion

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Jan 04, 2021

Life With A Sensory Seeking Body (19 year old)

I am 19 years old and I have SPD. I am hypo sensitive and I like to chew on things a lot. That is how I regulate myself. I just wanted to let you know

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Jan 04, 2021

SPD ... A family saving diagnosis

This behavioral intervention specialist for children shares insight into how occupational therapy has helped support her family and her son through sensory processing disorder.

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Jan 02, 2021

Excessive wiping after urination claims she cannot get dry enough...

My daughter has issues with tags, socks her shoes need to be a certain way, etc. Now for 6 months after she goes to the bathroom she claims she cannot

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Jan 02, 2021

15 Strategies to encourage SPD toddlers to eat!

I have faced an ongoing struggle with getting one of my twins – Ruby, to eat well. She has sensory processing disorder (SPD) and this unfortunately places her in another category entirely from the usual picky and fussy eating toddler stage!

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Jan 01, 2021

Which practical strategies can I use at home or in school to support a child who is struggling with eating?

Understand that selective eating may be a red flag for an underlying neurodevelopmental or sensory integration difference.

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Dec 31, 2020

My 2 year old will not eat Table Foods only baby food.

Hi, my name is Jessica and I have a beautiful little girl name Emma Grace, when we were ready to move to table foods she had a very hard time. Each time

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Dec 31, 2020

Hope to ease the burden of the family during their journey through the airport

The Butterfly Effect is translated to a set of facilities and services catered especially to passengers with hidden disabilities which refer to a whole spectrum of disabilities that are primarily neurological in nature, including autism, dyslexia, sensory processing disorder, ADHD and more.

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Dec 30, 2020

Does Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) really exist?

Maybe they should just ask the parents.

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Dec 29, 2020

Adaptive ski program breaks down barriers and empowers kids

Born with dyspraxia — commonly known as developmental coordination disorder —Henry, 8, has a hard time coordinating body movements. He has never ridden a bike, and everyday movements are hard for him to master.

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Dec 28, 2020

SPD And Hunger Issues

My child is always hungry and getting overweight Hi, my daughter is 8 yrs old and has just been diagnosed w/ SPD. She is 25 lbs overweight. She has

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Dec 27, 2020

Body Brushing In Babies: Benefits & How To Safely Do It

For babies who suffer from sensory dysregulation, specifically those who suffer from an "over-sensitivity to touch,"

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Dec 22, 2020

Constant licking and spitting

I am concerned for my daughter, she is 6.5 years old and has just successfully finished kindergarden. About 5 months ago she started licking herself, mainly

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Dec 22, 2020

I Hate Metal?!

I’m 14 now and and I’m not quite sure how long this has been going on for, but I just hate the feeling, sound, look or anything to do with metal. When

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Dec 22, 2020

It's Date Nut Bread Day!

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Dec 21, 2020

Visual Processing Disorders

Visual processing deficits are often subtle and often misdiagnosed.

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Dec 21, 2020

Can You Train Your Ears to Become More Sensitive?

Auditory processing: how the brain makes sense of what I’m able to hear.

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Dec 19, 2020

SPD Or Food Allergies?

When a child has made little progress in SPD therapy, it MAY be a delayed reaction to foods that is the culprit or hindrance to therapy.

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Dec 19, 2020

Child whose special needs support has been severely impacted by pandemic

Her son is currently awaiting a diagnosis for sensory processing disorder. He experiences sensitivity to foods because of their texture, or everyday activity like brushing his teeth, because of the bristles on the brush

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Dec 16, 2020

My son hates metal

My 4 year old is fascinated with how everything smells. After my husband gets home from work he has to shower if he wants to be near our son. He tells

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Dec 16, 2020

Teeth pulling

I have an Autistic, 8 year old little guy that has pulled two of his grown in permanent teeth. We have tried Chewy Tubes, and giving him chewing gum to

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Dec 15, 2020

Heavy Work Activities

Heavy work activities and proprioceptive input (gross motor, fine motor, oral motor, etc.) which are useful in calming unfocused, overaroused children.

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Dec 14, 2020

Why Your Big Kid Is Constantly Chewing On Inanimate Objects

A common reason why an older child may chew on objects is due to a sensory processing disorder (SPD). Those with SPD view the world differently, and it can be overwhelming; so they calm their senses down by chewing on objects around them.

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Dec 14, 2020

It's Monkey Day! Monkey Fidgetz Mesh-and-Marble Fidget Toy for Sensory Needs

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Dec 10, 2020

Neuroplasticity and the Importance of Sensory Integration

Children with nervous system dysfunctions such as autism, Asperger’s, sensory processing disorder (SPD), attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder (ADD/ADHD), and learning disabilities can improve their motor control and cognitive functioning when the sensory system is targeted.

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Dec 08, 2020

'Where do we turn?' Mum of high needs boy with neuro condition says 'helpless' families are crying out for more support

For seven-year-old Brody, a condition affecting how he perceives the world around him has a profound effect on the way he regulates emotions and responds to situations.

He lives with Sensory Processing Difficulties (SPD), which makes the way his senses take in information different from his year 2 classmates.

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Dec 07, 2020

Christmas Poem -- Disability

A beautiful version of The Twelve Days Of Christmas for parents of kids with disabilities. A tear jerker.

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Dec 07, 2020

How do you save a child from falling off the edge of the world?

The world for Nezzie, particularly when she’s anxious, is Too Loud, Too Tight, Too Bright, Too Unpredictable. And when it becomes overwhelming, the response is fight or flight. In Nezzie’s case, it was usually both.

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Dec 03, 2020

Occupational Therapy and the Benefits That Keep on Giving

The speech therapist was the first person to tell me (a behavioral therapist turned special needs mom) about sensory processing disorder (SPD) and how occupational therapy (OT) could be our saving grace.

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Dec 03, 2020

Visual Processing Deficits In Adults

Are any of them successfully employed and, if so, what do they do for a living? I have visual processing issues. I am almost 50 years old and know that

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Dec 02, 2020

Dyspraxia in Adulthood: 6 Things you Should Know

Dyspraxia,a Sensory Based Motor Disorder subtype, also known as Developmental Coordination Disorder, is characterized as a neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts fine and gross motor skills, information processing, memory, perception, judgment, and other cognitive abilities.

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Dec 02, 2020

It's Fritter Day... How to Help Picky Eaters Taste, Eat & Like New Foods

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Dec 02, 2020

Why can't I touch fluffy or soft textures?

I as a Child could not stand touching anything fluffy, or excessively soft. I hated puffy things, such as my coat and would scream or cry if I had to touch

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Nov 28, 2020

2 1/2 year old who is overwhelmingly sensitive to others crying

I have a 31 month old son who has recently (within the past three months) become VERY sensitive to other kids screaming and/or crying. He is at the point

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Nov 27, 2020

OT Team helps students with 'Thankful Tree'

This project hones in on a lot of the goals our students have in the areas of visual motor, visual perception, and fine motor skills,Things like writing on a line, the difference between tall letters, and small letters, copying, cutting with scissors, stringing, and lacing. It’s a fun project. Not too difficult.”

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Nov 25, 2020

Sensory Defensiveness

Looking for a thorough, concise summary of the variety of sensory defensiveness and what to do about it?

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Nov 24, 2020

It's Unique Talent Day... Check out the The Empowered Highly Sensitive Person: How to Harness Your Sensitivity Into Strength in a Chaotic World

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