Blog Tag: sensory disorder

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What is Sensory Disorder?

Have you been told that your child has a sensory disorder? Maybe a teacher, occupational therapist, psychologist or doctor mentioned it?  It’s scary to hear and know that something is wrong with your child.  It’s frightening to hear words you may have never heard before describe your child’s symptoms.   Some sensory words described There are

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What Does Sensory Autism Mean?

What does sensory autism mean? A sensory disorder is commonly associated with autism.  However, it is important to know that sensory and autism are not the same thing.  Additionally, sensory autism is not a type of autism. This article explains more about sensory and autism and in particular, how they overlap.  It is important to

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Sensory Overload: Is it a Problem in Your Life?

Two of the most common questions about sensory overload are: What does sensory overload mean? What causes sensory overload? Sensory overload: A definition You may wonder, how do you explain sensory overload? Simply, sensory overload happens when the senses are overstimulated or overwhelmed.  You are likely already thinking of your five senses.  See, hear, taste,

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Sensory Kids: Getting Back to Normal

The time we will be considered to be ‘back to normal’ oftentimes seems so far away. But what resources are in place to help you transition your kids back into school after Coronavirus has passed for example?  Or back to normal after summer holidays?  Christmas break?  Especially your child with a sensory disorder?  There are

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Sensory Kids: Indoor Activities For Kids

Due to the global pandemic, many parents got caught between a kid and a workspace.  Indoor activities for kids were needed to keep them busy, engaged, and safe! Furthermore, pandemic or not, it is always helpful to have some ideas on hand as parents. In January 2020, I decided to leave my full-time job in

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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 are getting input from all their senses.  Fathering autism has made me live that differently.

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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

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Where to Find Sensory Activities for Autism

Do you wonder about sensory activities for autism?  Moreover, would you like to know what they are? Or what activities children or adults with autism enjoy? Sensory activities pay extra attention to the senses. That is due to the overlap between sensory overload and autism.  In addition, for children with autism, special sensory activities are often

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What Are the Best Toys For an Autistic Child?

The best toys for autistic children are sensory toys. Because children with autism often have difficulty with their senses, sensory toys are in fact extra helpful.  Sensory toys engage the senses:  what you see, hear, taste, touch, smell, but also how you move your body and head and even how you feel “inside”.  That is

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A Sensory Friendly Birthday Party in 10 Easy Steps

Sensory-friendly birthday parties are the answer. Birthday parties are fun and an endearing part of childhood. However, a birthday party can be overwhelming for any child with sensory sensitivity. In addition, for children with autism, anxiety, and sensory overload, birthday parties often cause meltdowns. For the adults planning a birthday party, it can also be

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