Blog Author: Sydney-Ellen Cooke

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Make Homework Space Sensory-Friendly

Ready to set homework up for success in your household? Maybe, it is back to school time? Alternatively, are you looking for a homework boost? Make homework space sensory-friendly and create a positive homework experience. In particular, for students of any age, sensory sensitivity or sensory overload contribute to homework distress. Anxiety, stress, frustration and

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How to Create a Sensory-Friendly After-School Program

If you are leading an after-school program, consider adding sensory-friendly features at any time during the school year! Sensory-friendly features will help students with what is often a sensory-rich environment in after-school programs. For many parents, choosing after-school care that is a fit for their child is critical. Furthermore, children with sensory sensitivities struggle with

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Create a Sensory-Friendly Independence Day Party

Getting ready for your July 4th party yet? Independence Day in the United States is associated with BBQs, parties, and fireworks. However, if you have a family member with sensory sensitivities, July 4th celebrations are likely stressful. However, there are simple ways you can adapt your celebrations! Create a sensory-friendly Independence Day celebration that makes

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How to Have a Sensory-Friendly Canada Day Celebration

Are you planning a celebration for July 1st, Canada Day? Canada Day events typically involve friends and family celebrating together. There may be a BBQ, a pool party or a gathering in the garage. Furthermore, fireworks are often part of family, neighbourhood or community celebrations. However, if you have a child or family member with

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Caregiving When You Experience Sensory Sensitivities or Sensory Overload

Being a caregiver for another person, be they a child or an adult, can add anxiety and stress. Caregiving responsibilities require a significant amount of organization and planning, along with additional emotional resilience and physical energy. Ultimately, any caregiver can experience difficulties coping. Additionally, if you have sensory sensitivities, these feelings and managing the caregiving

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Make Your Theme Park Sensory-Friendly

Visiting theme parks are a popular family activity. They are also unique tourist attractions. But did you know that many families avoid them? The movement of exciting rides, bright lights, sounds and noises, and crowds of people make theme parks sensory-rich. For families with children who have sensory sensitivities, (or adult members themselves) visiting theme

Young family laying in a tent at a sensory-friendly campsite.

How to Create A Sensory-Friendly Campsite

For many families, camping is a yearly traditional event. Camping is a way for families to travel and spend quality time in nature together. Additionally, for many families, camping is a financially accessible way to go on a relaxing vacation. However, for families that have a family member with sensory sensitivities, camping is not a

Crowd of people attending a concert at a sensory-friendly arena.

Make Your Arena or Stadium Sensory-Friendly

Arenas or stadiums are common spaces to host exciting events such as sports games or concerts. Typically, these buildings are extremely large and can fit hundreds or even thousands of people. As a result, these environments tend to be very sensory-rich. Therefore, many people, including families with children who have sensory sensitivities are not able

Young boy sleeping in bed with weighted blanket.

How to Pick a Weighted Blanket

Thinking about buying a weighted blanket? Wondering if they really work? Maybe you are trying to chose one for yourself, or your child? Read on to learn about blankets with added or a heavier weight. Most importantly, read about heavier blanket safety, which is rarely talked about. You will also learn how heavy a blanket

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Sensory-Friendly Greetings for the Classroom

If you are a teacher, you likely understand how important it is to ensure that every student feels welcomed in the classroom. By greeting each student in the morning with a sensory-friendly greeting, you help to ensure that student is recognized and know that they are a valuable member of the classroom. However, did you

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