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 […]

A Sensory friendly Christmas

A sensory friendly christmas

Christmas can be a time of sensory overload for both parents and children alike (whether they have sensory processing difficulties or not). For the last few weeks all of us (including me!) in my family have been running out of steam and the tiredness combined with too much sensory input […]

Next Workshop! Getting to know your´s child modulator

A workshop for parents and carers of children with Sensory Processing Difficulties. Dublin

A workshop for parents and carers of children with sensory processing difficulties. This is a 2 part workshop based on the book ‘Max and me- a story about sensory processing’ The workshop uses the analogy of a modulator to describe how the body processes sensation. In part 1 parents will […]

I spy with my little eye!

visual-motor-integration

Phew! Parent teacher meetings over this week, and so far so good! I was struck by the focus on handwriting and reading, even in Junior infants in the first term. Therefore I thought I would talk about some ideas for improving handwriting (none of which involve a pencil!). If your […]

What you think of the book

Max and Me - book reviews

We would love to hear what you think of the book. Your feedback is vital in shaping future editions of the book and helping develop future projects. Here are some reviews other people sent in which you may find useful. This book is an incredibly helpful tool for parents and […]

Easy sensory diet activities for a busy household

Sensory Diet - Movement

‘Managing your modulator’ A ‘sensory diet’ as it is known is often a core part of intervention for kids with sensory processing difficulties. Despite it’s name it’s not to do with eating, it is the idea of ‘feeding’ or sending the child’s  sensory system (modulator) the messages it needs so […]