Blog Category: At School

Young students smiling waving outside of school bus window.

What Is a Sensory-Friendly School Bus?

For many students, taking the school bus is stressful and overwhelming. A crowded bus, traffic noise and a high-energy environment induce anxiety for many children. Sensory sensitivity, sensory overload and sensory processing difficulties add to the challenge of school bus transportation. 4Seasons Transportation is an organization based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It provides sensory-friendly school

Young students at school sitting at a table completing a writing activity.

How to Create a Sensory-Friendly Classroom

So you might think that a sensory-friendly experience or environment is something that happens at the movies, the theatre, or a store. Consider that a sensory-friendly environment is needed at school too! Many children, both with and without diagnoses of sensory disorders, have sensory sensitivities. Schools and teacher often do not know how to help

Woman's hand holding a brown focus stone.

Fidgets: Not Just for Children

You often hear about and see fidget toys created for children. However, have you ever considered how these devices may also be helpful for adults? Sensory fidget toys for adults are truly “a thing!” If you are old enough, you may remember fiddling with a few coins in your pocket, twirling a pencil in your

Young blind woman walking with cane visual aid.

Sensory Preferences: Yours, Mine, & Ours.

There are simple changes you can make so that an event or location is sensory-friendly. When thinking of common sensory-friendly changes, consider dimming bright lights, adding closed-captioning to videos or creating quiet zones. However, there is no single recipe to create a sensory-friendly event or location for everyone, all of the time. Each person is

Two women walking wearing masks bumping elbows during COVID..

Sensory Overload and COVID-19

Have you considered the effect of COVID-19 on sensory overload? For instance, face masks, physical barriers, constant hand washing or sanitizing and social isolation are all bothersome. Especially for people with sensory sensitivities. Moreover, a recent survey, conducted by Sensory Friendly Solutions, reveals that COVID-19 has made sensory-friendly changes just as important. How does COVID-19

Back of person's head wearing noise cancelling ear muffs and the words too busy, too noisy, too bright and the Sensory Friendly Solutions logo

Too Busy. Too Noisy. Too Bright.

This documentary about sensory-friendly really made me think. As an occupational therapy student, I often hear the words “sensory-friendly”. However, until recently, I never fully understood what the term sensory-friendly truly meant. Most importantly, I did not understand how to make a location or an event sensory-friendly. And like most people, I thought that only

Dr. Temple Grandin.

Understanding My Autistic Mind: Dr. Temple Grandin

Dr. Temple Grandin is renowned for her work as a spokesperson for people with autism and her research in the field of animal behavior. Dr. Grandin shares her understanding of her own autistic mind along with different types of human thinking and the need for that neurodiversity. She also shares how her mother and mentors helped her along her life’s journey and how she hopes to help other autistic people and their families.

Dr. Winnie Dunn.

Living Sensationally with Dr. Winnie Dunn

Dr. Winnie Dunn, occupational therapist, is a world-renowned expert the sensory experience, researcher and author of the book Living Sensationally. She has pioneered our understanding of our senses and helps us recognize that sensory processing is fundamental to our brains. Dr. Dunn fills us with hope and inspires us to live sensationally.

Karine Gagner President of FDMT

Sensory Tools: Innovation with Karine Gagner

Karine Gagner, parent and sensory tool innovator is on a mission to promote everyone’s development to their fullest. Her company, FDMT not only sells sensory products worldwide, but they create their own phenomenal sensory tools, like their line of weighted products, Manimo. Karine wanted something that not only helped children with sensory overload, but also that was like a friend to them.

Carol Stock Kranowitz

Carol Stock Kranowitz: The Out of Sync Child

Carol Stock Kranowitz, best-selling author of The Out of Sync Child talks about her 10-year journey to writing what many parents, therapists and people with sensory processing disorder consider a life-changing book that is their go-to resource. Carol also shares her best personal strategy for managing sensory overload: when we move, we are in sync.

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