Obtaining reimbursement for the treatment of sensory processing disorder may be tricky when a billable code to specify the diagnosis is a requirement. Certain classification systems may not even recognize the disorder—is the ICD-10-CM the code that legitimizes sensory processing disorder? Sensory processing disorder (SPD) has an almost ghost-like presence in the medical world. Some

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in Sensory Solutions by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

Children with sensory processing disorder (SPD) and/or autism can experience either an overload of sensory input, or be sensory seeking. Both of these can cause overwhelm and lead to feelings of anxiety or stress, which is why it’s important to involve sensory breaks in these children’s schedules. Since autism is a spectrum, we find that

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in Sensory Solutions by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

We tend to have a narrow view of our senses. Very early in our education we are taught about the five senses (there are more!) and how these help us take in the world around us.  For many of us, simplistic environmental perception remains how we think about our sensory system. The more we learn

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in Sensory Solutions by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

Let’s look at senses as a tool for maximizing our children’s learning in the comfort of home surroundings. The global pandemic has come down to a household incubation. We are taking it one day at a time (sometimes one hour at a time). Having adjusted to my at-home desk sitting across from our piano; my

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in Sensory Solutions by JC Ellinger, MBA

Have you ever washed your face and found the act of your hands touching your skin causes an involuntary painful sensation? This experience is known as tactile hyperesthesia. Hyperesthesia is defined by heightened sensory experience in any of the five senses causing pain stimulation, but what’s the connection between hyperesthesia and autism? The sensory experience

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in Sensory Solutions by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

Impaired somatosensory processing is often found in neurodevelopmental conditions. Researchers are paying closer attention to the meaning of deficits in this sensory system and its possible impact on autistic individuals. We’re all a little touchy about, well, touch at the moment. The pandemic’s social distancing made human touch a rare commodity. It left many craving

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in Sensory Solutions by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

Is the world too bright, too loud, too smelly…too everything for a brain in overdrive? Most parents have witnessed a tantrum or two. A meltdown, or an autistic brain trying to control sensory overload with a challenged filtering system, cannot be equated to a tantrum.   A tantrum is usually about getting something: attention, candy or

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in Sensory Solutions by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

When searching for information about your autistic child’s sensory challenges you may find many articles about hypersensitivity. But what about hyposensitivity, and the accompanying sensory seeking behavior of a child who finds the world an underwhelming place? As research discovers more about the autistic brain, we can’t help but marvel at some of the skills

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in Sensory Solutions by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

A look at how addressing your child’s sensory needs could help him/her get a better night’s sleep. In the special needs community, I know sleep is a very important topic. Many parents are aware their kids are desperate for more sleep, but they just can’t seem to get these precious hours. For children with autism,

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in Sensory Solutions by Melissa Doman, BA, CSSC

Imagine you walk into a dodgy diner…the sulphurous smell of onions hits you as you open the door, you start sweating because there is no air conditioning, and the more you sweat the worse the chaffing of your too-tight collar gets. You jump, startled as deafening music starts up suddenly, it feels like the drum

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in Sensory Solutions by Yolande Loftus, BA, LLB

We all process the world using our senses. Whether we’re sitting, walking, talking, or eating, more than one of our senses is involved so that each action is coordinated and understood accordingly. So what happens if a child’s senses aren’t cross-functioning smoothly? Well, that’s when it might be worth considering sensory integration therapy (SIT). Some children

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in Sensory Solutions by Andréas RB Deolinda, BA, BSc

When researcher Baron Cohen and his colleagues professed that synesthesia is more common (three times greater) in autism, many new questions surfaced for the curious parent. Another team of researchers used their study results to conclude that autistic individuals did not have a dysfunctional mirror neuron system. In this case, participants with autism could successfully

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in Sensory Solutions by Safia Fatima Mohiuddin

Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is often confused with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) due to the similarities and connections that exist. While the two have many similarities, SPD is often a comorbid symptom of ASD, but not all children with sensory processing disorder have autism. What is autism? Autism is a developmental disorder which, according to

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in Sensory Solutions by Sharon Longo, BA

As with much of the wealth of knowledge we have about children with autism, their sensitivity to sound has not been fully explained. Yet we do know that it is one of the most common symptoms. Sensory sensitivity is common in itself but an overreaction to sound in particular is often the most obvious and

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in Sensory Solutions by Autism Parenting Articles

A sensory gym is a room that is completely dedicated to sensory play. Sensory gyms normally include equipment that is designed to provide vestibular and proprioceptive input. Some of the elements include therapy balls, trampolines, swings, and more.  When you give your autistic child access to a sensory gym, you will find that they gain

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in Sensory Solutions by Autism Parenting Articles

There has probably been at least a thousand people who have wondered what goes through the mind of someone with autism while he/she is in high school. The only thing most teen students on the spectrum could agree on is that it overflows into way too much junk in our heads. I don’t mean “junk” as in homework, I

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in Sensory Solutions by Clara Ham

What is a sensory system? Many people think the sensory system is made up of five senses; however, the sensory system is comprised of eight senses. Below is a list of the eight senses that contribute to SPD: 1. Visual (sight) is a child’s ability to see things such as colors, shapes, depth, lighting, and

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in Sensory Solutions by Annette Nuñez, PhD

I have a clothing issue with my little one. Since Christmas, she has been wearing Peppa Pig shirts and dolphin shorts only. Her school requires her to wear a uniform, and I can’t get her to wear it. Has anyone experienced this with their child? Her therapist said it’s not sensory as the shirts she

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in Sensory Solutions by Kelly Beins, BHSc, OTR/L

Halloween is easily one of the most anticipated holidays for children. It’s a day to dress up in the most fantastic costume, be anything you want to be, play pretend, and eat all of the sugary, sweet, colorful candy your parents never let you eat any other day of the year. But, as parents of

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in Sensory Solutions by Dana Reinhardt, MEd

As we all learned in elementary school, there are five basic senses that we use to process the world around us; touch, hearing, vision, smell, and taste.  Our sense organs (e.g., eyes, nose, etc.) receive information from the environment and relay that information to the brain for interpretation. Throughout the day, each of us processes

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in Sensory Solutions by Nicole M. Magaldi, PhD

Children on the autism spectrum often require support to process sensory input. Some children display strong reactions to stimuli, while others tend to show little response to input. This may vary from day to day or even hour to hour. Children who have a strong reaction to sensory stimuli may avoid the bathroom because of

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in Sensory Solutions by Toni Cook, EdD

Teachers often take a great deal of pride in the way they decorate their classrooms. They spend their free time developing decoration ideas and collecting items to make their sensory rooms look and feel welcoming to children. But, what happens to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) when they enter brightly colored classrooms with numerous

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in Sensory Solutions by Matthew Fisher

What is a sensory room? A sensory room or sensory integration room is designed to provide calm, focus, and comfort to people with sensory processing problems, which often includes people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, known as  DSM-5, mentions the atypical response to specific

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in Sensory Solutions by Kim Barloso, AB

If you are caring for a child with autism, you are probably aware of sensory issues when it comes to clothing. Kids on the spectrum can be overly sensitive to clothing tags, seams, and textures that are not comfortable for them. Fortunately, some clothing companies are now making autism apparel that is affordable and available

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in Sensory Solutions by Kim Barloso, AB

Experiencing nature improves physical, sensory, social, and emotional health and wellbeing and a garden is an ideal space to engage with nature. While research has and continues to demonstrate these benefits, little has looked at the impact on individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In time, we hope to fill the void and conduct some

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in Sensory Solutions by Amy Wagenfeld, PhD, OTR/L, SCEM, FAOTA

What is a weighted vest? A weighted vest is a garment worn over clothing with extra weight added within the vest. This is done either by using heavy fabric or filling the vest’s pockets with weighted objects such as steel bars or sandbags. It is designed to add between five to ten percent of a

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in Sensory Solutions by Kim Barloso, AB

Sensory play is important for the development of all children—and that’s even truer for children on the autism spectrum who might have sensory integration issues. Whether it’s climbing a tree, squishing Play-Doh through their fingers, blowing bubbles, or burying their feet in the sand, sensory play stimulates the senses and helps children discover and understand

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in Sensory Solutions by Jackie Nunes

Imagination is so much important. If you were to imagine dragons, dinosaurs, and without imagination, learning would be colorless and finite. For many parents, the main goal is to lead a child towards independent living and academics skills; after all, learning is the first step into the world. Being a special needs parent is demanding,

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in Sensory Solutions by Fizza Shaikh, LBA

Hello, my fellow sensory seeking moms and dads! Let me start by introducing myself. I am the mother of two young autistic children who require TONS of sensory input to stay regulated throughout the day. Over the years, I have experimented with what works well for them and what brings on the no-good -very-bad meltdowns!

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in Sensory Solutions by Jamie Schwed

How can I make bath time more fun? My child hates taking a bath and it’s a nightly battle in our home.  — Raja Hi Raja, Why don’t kids appreciate a warm bath the way we do!? It is so tough when daily tasks are a fight and I can empathize with the dread you

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in Sensory Solutions by Angelina M., MS, BCBA, LMFT

My son, 17, is rubbing his elbows rather harshly against the arms of chairs or the console in the car.  Sometimes it is his knees that are “getting the treatment” and you don’t dare stop him or he will lose it and go into crisis.  I am wondering how to help him with this sensorial

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in Sensory Solutions by Sarah Kupferschmidt, MA, BCBA

Before we dive into how color preference can influence learning ability in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental delay, let’s talk about the reason why children with ASD and developmental delay do not favor bright colors, especially yellow. Normally, neurotypical children love red and blue colors, that’s why so many toys and cartoons

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in Sensory Solutions by Lio Chon Fu, MD

With a bunch of different therapies, products, and strategies, it’s hard to do it all, even though you want to give your child every ounce of help you can.  The way we deal with this when working with families who are raising a child with autism is to look for high leverage points. What we

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in Sensory Solutions by Casey Ames

Autism not only affects one individual but an entire family in many different ways. When someone you care about is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it’s essential to turn your home into an autism-friendly space. Designing a home to be more compatible starts by accommodating specific interests taking into account safety and sensory needs.

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in Sensory Solutions by Walker Smith

Most people have some degree of aversion to the sensory-rich dental experience. The sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and metallic instruments are literally in our faces.  We can’t move or escape, while the dentist contorts our lips, sprays water while our mouths are open, and we try to breathe and communicate. It’s a challenge whether special

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in Sensory Solutions by Louis Siegelman, DDS

Sit down for a cup of coffee with Marna Pacheco, and she’ll tell you that grocery shopping can be tough. But it’s not the weekly scavenger hunt for this obscure ingredient or that hard-to-find brand that makes food-finding missions tough. It’s a combination of things, in fact. For starters, Pacheco’s 11-year-old daughter, Millie, often acts

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in Sensory Solutions by Marna Pacheco

Does your child with autism struggle with sensory input? In this special guide we discuss the best sensory toys for children with sensory processing issues and how they can help your child. For a child with autism, distorted sensory input can challenge many aspects of life. This includes social interaction, proprioception, and even safety. Distorted

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in Sensory Solutions by Katherine G. Hobbs, AA

Needing a Band-Aid after scraping your knee seems like a rite of passage when it comes to childhood. I have many memories of running into my grandmother’s house in the summer and showing her my freshly scraped knee and waiting on the counter for her to come back with iodine and a bandage. It always

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in Sensory Solutions by Lyvonne Pfeffer

There are several self-regulation tools used by occupational therapists and even educators in school settings. One such self-regulation tool that has grown in popularity is fidget spinners.  Fidget spinners are small hand-held, often multicolored, rotatory devices popular with kids. The aim of these is primarily for fun, but for children who require assistance in self-regulation,

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in Sensory Solutions by Christina Kozlowski, OTR/L

Touch is the first sensation that starts evolving in the womb at five weeks. The early development of the touch (tactile) system provides an essential foundation for emerging social and communicative behaviors (Cascio, 2010). According to Kranowitz (2005), the touch system layers our bodies and gives us information about surrounding physical entities. Moreover, it works

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in Sensory Solutions by Aditi Srivastava, MOT, PGC