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How to Handle Big Family Gatherings

Family gatherings are stressful for everyone. For parents with children who have special needs there is an extra layer of stress that can come with holidays and family gatherings. Read More

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Halloween and Children with Autism

Practice the script of trick-or-treating the days leading up to Halloween. Read More

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Halloween and Children with Autism

Practice the script of trick-or-treating the days leading up to Halloween. Read More

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What is a feeding disorder?

It seems so obvious- if a child is hungry he will eat. For some children with a history of prematurutiy, medical complications, autism spectrum disorders or other development disorders, eating is a skill that does not develop as expected. Read More

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Developing Effective Pre-bedtime routines for kids with Autism

Beginning the pre-bedtime routine at the same time each evening will help your child’s body rhythms to get in sync. This will allow your child to feel less anxious, since he or she always knows what to expect. Read More

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Tactile Exploration with Food

Some children are overly sensitive to touch, movement, visual input, or auditory input. This may cause behaviors such as withdrawing when touched and avoiding certain textures of food or clothing. Read More

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My kid won't wear his coat! Season changes can be hard.

Winter is right around the corner and many parents of children with sensory sensitives are beginning their seasonal struggle to dress their child for the cold weather. Many children with sensory difficulties experience sensory defensiveness, especially tactile defensiveness. This means kids feel more things than the average child. They can be quite over sensitive to touch. These individuals often do not like light or unexpected touch, yet may crave deep touch pressure and heavy muscle work (proprioception). Because of their sensitivity to light touch, clothing can be a problem. In children with sensory issues a preference for certain kinds of clothing can be particularly strong. The child may avoid wearing socks or underwear. They may wear the same shirt or outfit over and over until it is way past too small or is worn thin from washing. Seasonal clothing transitions from short pants to long pants and vice versa may be problematic. In cold months, keeping hats, mittens, coats and scarfs on the child may be a challenge. So what’s a parent to do? Read More

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Oral Sensory Seeking

Do you have a kiddo that chews on lots of things like pencils, sleeves or shirt collars? Maybe your child grinds his or her teeth. Oral sensory input can help a child who likes to chew. Remember- babies and young toddlers are supposed to be mouthing objects! As a child gets older than 3 years old, mouthing is no longer functional. Read More

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