Helping Children With Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Get Through Holiday Get-Togethers

One area of struggle for children who have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is dealing with visitors, especially during the Holidays. It isn’t that the child doesn’t want or like visitors. It stems more from having to face ‘new’ when the ‘same’ has always felt safer.

Having visitors in our home, no matter who they are, can be a huge source of stress for children with SPD for several reasons:

Someone is ‘invading’ their safe place, interrupting a...


Children With Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD): Suggestions For Helping With Social Issues

Very commonly, children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) develop social issues or social anxiety. These children struggle every day not only trying to understand why they’re bodies react to everything the way it does, but also with making others understand why. They are more aware than an observer realizes of what does and does not cause them discomfort, which is why these children tend to actively avoid any sort of social interaction. It isn’t because they...

Coping Skills

How Does Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Effect the Auditory Sensory System?

One of the greatest benefits to parents, teachers or others working, or interacting, with a child who has sensory issues is to arm themselves with knowledge on the brain and well-functioning sensory integration. Understanding how the brain and the sensory systems are supposed to work together for most individuals will assist in seeing how conditions such as Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) can cause hurdles in overall sensory functioning, as well as to understand how sensory integration...

Children & Teens

Toilet Training Tips For Children With Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

Every professional out there from Dr. Phil to Nanny Jo has opinions on toilet training. And each of these professionals seems to think that it’s a fairly easy process, especially Dr. Phil who swears his technique can train a child in just two days. For most children this may be the case, but for children with sensory or other developmental issues that interfere with the whole learning aspect of toilet training, it isn’t as simple of...

Coping Skills

Helping A Child With Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Through Eating Issues: The Gag Desensitization Method

Eating is a multi-sensory experience. What food looks like, how it smells, the sounds heard while they are cooking and wonderful textures all combine to create a positive relationship with food. But even before food is tasted and enjoyed, there can be several hurdles in the way making it difficult for some to see eating as a positive event.

Children diagnosed with sensory issues, most specifically Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), aren’t able to enjoy eating as much...


Helping Siblings of Children With Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Other Special Needs

As many parents already know, raising children is a challenge in the best of situations. For families who also have a special or high needs child, there are added worries and stresses to that challenge. And siblings in such families often feel as though they get lost in the shuffle amid diagnostic tests, therapy, specialist appointments and other areas pulling parents’ attention away from them.

In the case of children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), for example,...


Understanding Dyspraxia and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

The main focus of an occupational therapist (OT) specializing in SPD is to pinpoint exactly which areas require the most attention and sensory stimulation. During the diagnosis process, parents may discover that there are conditions that stem from the base diagnosis of SPD as they pertain to specific sensory systems. One of these conditions is Dyspraxia.

What is Dyspraxia? Different professionals will have different definitions of what Dyspraxia is, depending on their focus and area of specialty....

Coping Skills

Helping Children With Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Get Past Eating Issues

Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) often have textural issues or poor motor skills that can interfere with how and what they will eat. Conditions like a high gag reflex, tactile defensiveness or poor oral-motor issues (mechanics of eating, such as tongue and jaw movement, chewing and swallowing) and motor planning (steps involved in eating, such as picking up food, bringing up to the mouth, etc.).

As well, average children are able to move from liquids to...

Children & Teens

Five Great Sensory Engaging Activities

Many children coping with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) have high sensory issues requiring high, specific and regular sensory input throughout the day. It can be challenging finding activities that not only engage children, but also consider each of their needs, abilities and interests.

Whether a child has sensory issues or not, he still needs his eight senses tapped into from time to time. That’s how most people figure out what they like, what their bodies can do...


October Is Sensory Awareness Month: Advocating For Families Living With Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

October is a very important month for families coping with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Not only is it important to the professionals, researchers and therapists treating these children, it is equally as important to the parents, friends and family members who want to do their part in advocating for their child.

What is also vital for others to learn about and understand is that SPD is a neurological disorder that effects sensory functioning. Although it has been...