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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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Children and Teenagers

#275: Women and Gay Liberation

In our book A Womb of Her Own (Routledge, 2017) Dr. Richard Ruth traces the convergence and subsequent divergence of the feminist movement and the gay liberation movement. He points out that, while both movements borrowed from each other in ways of consciousness-raising, the...
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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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Codependency

How to Cope When Your Child Is Addicted

How to Cope When Your Child Is Addicted
Addiction Can Take Over Your Life – Especially When Your Child is Suffering
When your child is addicted to alcohol or drugs you fear the worst.

Trying to help them becomes your new mission in life. You want so much to protect them from going down the wrong path, but you’re powerless...
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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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Adoptee

My story: Kevin Engle

As some will notice, I took time away from writing about adoption. The reasons are varied, and I will share them slowly over next few weeks. Today, however, I have something a little different for you.

One of the joys of stablishing this blog is...
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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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Children & Teens

The Benefits of Play For Children With SPD


Play was the one way we got our oldest daughter and son to re-focus enough to allow us to help each of them. We discovered the importance of play when our oldest daughter was diagnosed with SPD at two-and-a-half. She began Play Therapy, where she learned to use toys, dolls, puzzles or crafting projects as a way to work through her feelings, how to interact with objects and people as well as how to calm herself...
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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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Meditation

How I Taught My Kids to Meditate

My daughters have abandoned their meditation cushions, so the kitty moved in.

In my last post, I wrote about why I started teaching my kids to meditate. In this post, I’ll share how I taught them, and what I did when they lost interest.

I want to start out by saying that I don’t think formal meditation is the best way to teach mindfulness to young children....
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