Inside of Cameron Library.

Neurodiversity for Children and Teens: The Burnaby Public Library

What is neurodiversity? Have you heard the term neurodiverse, neuroatypical or neurodiversity being used more recently?  People who identify with being neurodiverse may also seek sensory-friendly experiences due to sensory sensitivity or sensory overload. The neurodiverse experts are in our communities. For example, over the past few years, the Burnaby Public Library has been going

Yona Landry with sunglasses and an ice pack on her head post-concussion.

Concussion: In One Second Everything Changes

Post-concussion Symptoms Have Changed My Life Forever. A fall down the stairs. Because I was in a hurry to get to work. And yes, there it was concussion by “whiplash!” I’m an occupational therapist with 25 years of experience.  Even I didn’t know that you could have a concussion due to whiplash.  Whiplash can occur without your

Father Nick and son Vince smiling.

Being an Autism Dad: A Fathering Autism Story

Being an autism dad. As a child, I remember playing in the mud. A lot. As a teenager, I remember listening to music. Probably louder than I should have been. Children and adolescents learn about their environments because their brains get input from all their senses.  Fathering autism has made me live that differently. For us neurotypical

Mother, father and son smiling.

Mental Health at Work: Manage Sensory Overload

Ever since I was a kid, I have been impacted by two things. First, my mental health.  And second, my desire to be an entrepreneur.  Little did I know then that I would embark on a journey that would require me to do a lot of self-work.  And that mental-health for startups would be important. That

Boy and girl looking at exhibit at museum.

10 Ways to Make Tourism Sensory-Friendly

Being sensory-friendly helps travellers and visitors who have sensory sensitivities and experience sensory overload. This also affects more people than you might think.  Becoming sensory-friendly can be quite simple.  A few changes make all the difference to visitors and travellers.   Travelling with autism for families with an autistic child can be especially difficult due to the

Dr. Peggy Bown, a sensory-friendly dentist and patient

A Sensory-Friendly Dentist: More Than Autistic Patients

You make think a sensory-friendly dentist is just for adults with autism or autistic children.  However, many more people seek out dentists who manage the sensory-rich experience of dental care.  Although pediatric dentists and dentists for autistic adults and children should offer a sensory-friendly dental appointment too. Peggy Bown Dentistry:  a sensory-friendly dentist, an autism-friendly

Young girl wearing glasses covering her ears.

Why Sensory-Friendly in Today’s World?

Did you know?  More and more events, locations, products, and services are becoming sensory-friendly.  Maybe you have seen friends and family seeking out sensory-friendly experiences.  Thankfully, many people, businesses, and organizations help. They influence events, locations, products, and services to adopt sensory-friendly practices. As an example, you make plans to go to the newest, trendiest

Sensory-Friendly Champion Certificate with the words "this certificate is awarded to"

Darian’s Story: Celebrate Success

Darian’s story is about how Darian and his mother taught me an important lesson.  That everyone should be given the opportunity to be celebrated. For many years, I worked with children and their families.  And, for many years with autistic children. Over 20 years ago, I piloted a school readiness group with a colleague.  We

A man and woman smiling at camera sitting on floor with a thumbs up.

Sensory-Friendly Co-Working Space Design in Shared Offices

Co-working space design is a topic of interest in shared workspaces.  Large companies create co-working spaces for their employees to work together.  Individual offices are reduced or may not even exist.  Workers may share desks and worksurfaces.  Small companies and solo-entrepreneurs use co-working spaces too.  In those instances, space is rented both short and long

Grey couch with pillows.

Sensory-Friendly Homes: Beyond Autism

When I designed the apartment in my home, I considered two things:  autism-friendly home modifications and sensory-friendly spaces.  I have rented the apartment, fully furnished for both short and long-term rental.  Due to my dedication to sensory-friendly living, I wanted to ensure that I designed a living space for autistic persons.  Additionally, I wanted to

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