Sensory Tool Kit for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder

 

This is just one example of a toolkit for having “on hand” for kids with sensory processing issues.  A variety of fidget type toys can be helpful for getting the child to sit still longer than they usually like to!


Sensory Processing and Preschools Episode 44

Today I discuss the dynamics between early intervention preschools, parents, and kids with sensory processing issues.  There are a lot of different perspectives coming into play with this setting, and it can be a challenge to get everyone on the same page.

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Auditory Processing Disorder Episode 40

On this episode, I talk about Auditory Processing versus Typical Toddler “Ignoring”.  This is a question so many parents of toddles with auditory processing issues have!  It can be difficult to tell if kids are acting certain ways because of sensory issues or just typical toddler behaviors.

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Ahn, R. R., Miller, L. J., Milberger, S., & McIntosh, D. N. (2004). Prevalence of parents’ perceptions of sensory processing disorders among kindergarten children. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 58, 287–293.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder ASD Episode 39

On this episode, I talk about the criteria for receiving a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  I am not qualified to diagnose anyone with Autism, but I can help you recognize some of the possible symptoms, and describe what the criteria for the diagnosis mean.

CDC Autism Diagnostic Criteria: https://www.cdc.gov
“Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 18 Apr. 2016, www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/hcp-dsm.html. Accessed 12 Sept. 2017.

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“DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria.” Autism Speaks, 28 July 2013, www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/diagnosis/dsm-5-diagnostic-criteria. Accessed 12 Sept. 2017.

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Weighted Lap Pad

Weighted lap pads are a great addition to your child’s sensory diet needs. It can help provide deep pressure / proprioceptive input to help them feel calm.


Hair Cut with Sensory Processing Disorder Episode 33

On this episode, I discuss issues with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and hair cuts, styles, and overall tactile sensory issues related to the hair and head. I provide some suggestions for helping kids with sensory processing disorder try to get through a hair cut.

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Vibrating Item for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder


For kids with Sensory Issues! They may love the vibration and seek out that sensation for deep pressure on their arms and legs. If they don’t like the sensation, it may be something to work towards.


Sensory Processing Versus Autism Episode 28

On this episode, I talk about Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism and how they are 2 different things. You can have Sensory Processing issues without having Autism. However, it is very uncommon to have Autism without Sensory Processing issues.

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“Abnormal white matter microstructure in children with sensory processing disorders.” Abnormal white matter microstructure in children with sensory processing disorders – ScienceDirect, www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213158213000776. Accessed 6 Sept. 2017.

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Auditory Processing 4th of July Fireworks Episode 25

On this episode, I discuss Auditory Processing issues with kids who have Sensory Processing Disorder as it relates to Fireworks! In the United States, our Independence Day or the 4th of July is coming up so I thought it would be a good time to explain this issue more. I will talk about some of the reasons why kids are scared of fireworks, and offer suggestions on ways to help prevent them from becoming scared.

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Abilitations Cozy Shades Softening Light Filters


I have not personally installed these before, but I know of people that have used them both in schools and in their own homes to dampen the lights for kids who are sensitive to bright lights.