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Tips On Discipline For Children With SPD


Most children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) often struggle with basic everyday tasks while watching their peers perform the same tasks with ease. Remembering this point can help us see how a child with SPD may develop low self-esteem and self-concept, which is why handling discipline with these children should be handled with care.

Now that doesn’t mean children with SPD shouldn’t be disciplined when need be. My daughter was an average growing girl in many ways....
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Calming Your SPD Child’s Insides Down


One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from my two sensory sensitive children, is the importance of inner peace, or what we like to call, “calming our insides down”. For my little family, this lesson wasn’t just good for our overall health, it was also essential to my children’s functioning.

Two of my four children were born with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), which is a neurological disorder that interferes with the brain’s ability to effectively process...
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Preparing the SPD Brain For Sleep, Naturally

A common complaint for many caregivers of children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is sleeping issues. I have two children with SPD and both had tremendous struggles with sleep. For my daughter, it was a combination of several factors: she wasn’t able to tune out noises around her, she wasn’t able to calm her body down for rest and, most commonly, she couldn’t ‘calm her brain’ enough so she could fall asleep. The worst part was...
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SPD-Focused Games to Play With Dad

My daughter and son both have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). They each have specific needs in terms of the sort of sensory input each of their bodies crave, but both of them need a tremendous amount of vestibular and proprioceptive input. I'm not strong enough to play the rough-and-tumble games that gives them the input they each need, so we invented a few games they can play with their siblings and Dad. The key is to...
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Making School A ‘Sensational’ Place


Children with sensory sensitivities or SPD have a higher risk of slipping through the educational cracks due to misdiagnosis and misunderstanding. Their struggle is staying focused as stimulants in their environment fight for their attention. And for these children, who often need constant movement to organize their little bodies for tasks at hand, the aspect of sitting still for lessons can be an additional challenge.

Parents and teachers need to work together to help these children find...
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