Blog Category: Sensory Friendly 101

Turtle shaped weighted lap pad.

What You Need to Know About a Weighted Lap Pad

Have you heard someone say, “weighted lap pad” and wonder what it was? Children, adults and seniors all use them. People use them at home, school, and work.  In this blog post you will learn all about weighted lap pads. What is a lap pad? A lap pad describes something that is made of material,

Young Asian girl plugging her ears.

Sensory Overload: Is it a Problem in Your Life?

You likely have many unanswered questions about sensory overload. Read on to discover if it is a problem in your life. And find helpful solutions. Sensory overload: A definition You may wonder, how do you explain sensory overload? It happens when the senses are overstimulated or overwhelmed.  You are likely already thinking of your five

Ear Muffs and Reducing Noise for Sensory Sensitivity

Do you experience sensory overload in noisy public places?  Furthermore, do you want to buy noise-cancelling ear muffs to help your child with sensory sensitivity?  According to research, noise sensitivity has been found to be an important issue for children with sensory sensitivities. On the other hand, are you curious about ways to reduce auditory

Teacher standing in front of students sitting at desks.

Chair Socks, Chair Glides and Tennis Balls for Chairs

Are you trying to decide what type of chair socks, chair glides, or tennis balls for chairs to use in your classroom. Maybe at your workplace?  Do you wonder why teachers put tennis balls on chairs? You might wonder if you should use chair feet covers or tennis balls for chairs in your own home.

Older woman cupping her ear

Deaf and Hard of Hearing With Masks and Barriers

In my family, being deaf and hard of hearing is more common than not.  Now, those with hearing impairment are experiencing new challenges brought on by the Coronavirus. My entire life I have been taught that when speaking to others, I need to face them.  That would ensure they could see my lips and be

Older woman holding cane looking outside her window feeling social isolation

Social Isolation: Harmful For Sensory Sensitivity

You knew difficult times were ahead, but no one was prepared for a disaster that would see extended social isolation.  It causes undue stress on your mental health. If you are a person with sensory sensitivities, like autism, concussion, PTSD, hearing loss, or have another injury, illness, disease, or disability, the effects of social isolation

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

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

Father sitting with his arm wrapped around his young son.

Autism, Anxiety, and Sensory Overload: A Sensory Key

Autism and anxiety are often linked. The Anxiety and Depression Society of America says that 40% of young people with autism experience anxiety. Did you know that managing the sensory experience is key to helping autism and anxiety? To help with your understanding of the sensory experience, learn more about your eight senses.  Yes, eight

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