Summer squabbles

summer-squabbles

As the summer holidays approach their end, parents may be longingly counting down the days until the kids are back to school. Long summer days can mean lots of time for play, but with play come the inevitable sibling squabbles. Although squabbling can be very wearing for parents to listen to, it does serve an important developmental function. ‘Conflict […]

10 Tips for sensory kids to make bed time easier

bed-time-sensory-issues

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 […]

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 […]