Blog Tag: sensory processing disorder

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Disabled person or person with a disability?

Many people are confused and apprehensive about how to refer to different groups of people. That includes people with disabilities, as well as older adults, for example. The words you use change over time and new words emerge. Simply put, it is often unclear how to refer to other people in a way that is

Santa Clause waving at a sensory-friendly parade.

Choose a Sensory Friendly Santa Claus Parade for Your Child

Parades are a sensory-rich experience. As a result, parades are often a Christmas event that is not accessible to many families. Is that true for your family? Sensory-rich means there is a lot of things in the location or event that stimulate the senses. Moreover, you have more than 5 senses. For many children (and

Family on Christmas morning unwrapping presents.

5 steps to a Sensory Friendly Christmas

Christmas is an exciting time of the year for families to celebrate the holiday season. Getting together with friends and family, visiting Santa and watching a Santa Claus Parade are all part of the fun.  However, for many children and adults, Christmas is stressful. The change in routine, interacting with strangers and being in large

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How to Offer a Sensitive Santa Event

Ever notice that some children struggle when visiting Santa? You might witness both tears and terror in children. If you are responsible for organizing a Santa Claus event, there is a solution to make Santa welcoming to more children and enjoyed by more children. For many children, visiting Santa contributes to sensory overload. In particular

Grandparents and grandchildren gathered around the Thanksgiving dinner table smiling.

Host a Sensory Friendly Thanksgiving Event

For many people Thanksgiving is an exciting time of the year for family, friends, neighbours, congregations and communities to come together and celebrate. However, for a large number of children and adults, gatherings are overwhelming and stressful. Ultimately, this may deter many people participating in Thanksgiving celebrations. You can make people comfortable and be more

Family smiling at dinner table during sensory-friendly Thanksgiving.

7 Ways to Have a Sensory Friendly Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving celebrations approach, you may worry about how to make the holidays enjoyable for your sensory-sensitive child (or even yourself). Although many people enjoy Thanksgiving, celebrating and spending time with family and friends; for many children, and adults, contribute to sensory overload and stress. Thanksgiving can be a particular challenge for children with sensory

Diverse group of children wearing Halloween costumes.

Make Halloween Sensory Friendly for your Child

If you have an autistic child, or a child with sensory disorder you likely know that Halloween can be an overwhelming celebration. There are scary and loud decorations, uncomfortable costumes and groups children running around. As a result, your child is likely hesitant to enjoy Halloween. Trick-or-treating contributes to sensory overload. However, there are simple

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How to Create a Sensory-Friendly Halloween Event

Halloween is a very exciting and fun time of the year. Families get together, children dress up, and many communities and businesses organize Halloween events for their local neighbourhood. However, it is important to recognize that many Halloween events feel overwhelming and inaccessible for children with sensory sensitivities. Therefore, it is important to create an

Adult woman standing by traffic covering her ears.

How to Manage Sensory Overload in Adults

Did you know that adults can experience sensory overload? Oftentimes, sensory overload is only talked about among children. However, sensory sensitivities is not something that individuals will grow out of. It is not uncommon for adults with diagnosed sensory processing disorders to experience a sensory overload response, too. Therefore, it is important to know and

Woman plugging her ears with her fingers due to sensory issues.

What Are the Signs of Sensory Issues?

As more and more children and adults experience sensory sensitivity and sensory overload, it is important to understand sensory issues. However, many people are confused about sensory disorders and autism, giving rise to a common misconception that certain sensory preferences indicate a specific diagnosis. They do not. Read on to learn more about sensory issues

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