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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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Fall Sensory Ideas

Fall Sensory Ideas Some kids need sensory input to help them get used to touching and feeling things that are a little uncomfortable. These kids are sensory defensive. This is training their sensory systems to modulate these feelings so they can function better in more environments. Some kids need sensory input because they are sensory seeking. They need extra input to help calm and regulate their bodies. Read More

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Sensory Friendly Museum

Children and their families can experience dioramas, explore the Touch & See Room and visit a mini planetarium show-all with lowered lighting, quieter sounds and fewer visitors. There are additional resources such as visual timers, weighted lap pads and hearing protection for check out. The museum has a wealth of information and plenty to see. It’s a perfect place for adults and children to learn more about nature, animals and the natural history around the world. Read More

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Messy Play- It does a kid good!

Messy play is important for young children, giving them endless ways to develop and learn. All types of play are essential for children’s development and early learning. Play helps children to develop and improve their gross and fine motor skills, co-ordination and concentration. Also how to work cooperatively and collaboratively, use all their senses to discover and explore their environment, and develop their imagination, creative thinking and ability to problem solve and experiment with solutions. Read More

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