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 […]

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 […]

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 […]