Magical movement!

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With Summer approaching (hopefully!) , it’s time to get outdoors and exercising again. So, today I wanted to talk about the vestibular (balance system) and the power of movement. Movement is important for maintaining healthy bodies at a healthy weight. With 1 in 3 Irish children classed as obese, for […]

Sensory processing & Wellbeing

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Promoting wellbeing through sensory based mindfulness This Christmas I was given a gift of the book ‘Your precious life- How to live it well’ by Shane Martin. Shane Martin is a psychologist based in Ireland who (like myself) was struck by how intervention and advice on wellbeing and positive living is […]

Creating a sensory friendly classroom

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As children settle into the school routine, differences in the way children process sensation may start to become more apparent to both parents and teachers. Some children may be overloaded with the amount of sensory information an average classroom provides. Others may not be getting enough sensory information to attend […]

Sensory Integration the natural way

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Opportunities for sensory play in nature A couple of weekends ago we were lucky enough to be invited by friends to beautiful Connemara on the West Coast of Ireland AND be blessed with clear blue skies all weekend! I was struck by the endless opportunities for multisensory play and adventure […]

10 Tips for sensory kids to make bed time easier

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After another run of sleepless nights with my own kids after a tummy bug ran through the house, I thought I would write a sympathetic blog on sleep and sensory issues. Children who’s sensory systems are more sensitive to sensation find it hard to get used to everyday sensory information- […]

6 Top Sensory Changes you can make to your Home to Help your Child

6 top sensory changes

Sensory Integration Therapy and a sensory diet (targeted sensory activities throughout the day) are effective in reducing children with Sensory processing difficulties and Autism responses to everyday sensory experiences. However I am also an advocate of adapting the environment and activity to match the person’s sensory preferences. As adults, we choose environments […]

Look with your eyes: Parenting the sensory seeking child

Sensory Seeking Child

So far in this blog, I have focused on children who are over-responsive to sensation (who’s modulator is getting too many messages). These children generally have a low threshold for sensation and avoid or become easily overwhelmed by their environment. This week, I thought I would focus on the ‘sensory seekers’- […]

Free play, what is it?

Free play children

I have talked a lot already, and shared articles on the benefits of play on a child’s physical, emotional and neurological development . Here is a recent post by the American Occupational Therapy association further explaining these benefits in case you missed me saying it! In particular I have a […]

Sensory issues and anxiety

Anxiety - Children

I am often asked about whether sensory issues are related to or can cause anxiety in children. My understanding of the issue (and the way I explain it in my workshops) goes like this… So I see it as a cycle that anxiety leads to sensory sensitivity which leads to […]

Emotional sensitivity

Emotional sensitivity

I came across this interesting piece of research examining the emotional reactions of people who were classed as ‘Highly Sensitive’ on the Highly Sensitive Person rating scale. The study concluded (among other things) that individuals who were more sensitive to sensation were also more attuned to others and greater responsiveness to […]