Category Archives for "Sensory"

Articles that focus on all sensory-type issues and abnormal reactions to or sensitivities to ordinary sensory input such as light, sound, touch, smells, balance, and sight.

Fun and Affordable Sensory Play Ideas for Kids With Special Needs

Fun and Affordable Sensory Play Ideas for Kids With Special Needs https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/special-needs-sensory-play-ideas/

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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How to Use Sensory Play to Improve Learning and Expand the Imagination

How to Use Sensory Play to Improve Learning and Expand the Imagination https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/improve-learning-and-expand-imagination/

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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Help: How Can I Stop a Child From Headbanging?

Help: How Can I Stop a Child From Headbanging? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/stop-a-child-from-headbanging/

Headbanging may be a scary and upsetting thing to watch your child do. It is considered a self-injurious behavior (SIB),  but SIB’s and/or headbanging are NOT considered a core symptom of autism, although children with autism are at greater risk of SIB’s such as head-banging. It is also important to note that just because your […]

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Create an Amazing Sensory Room On a Budget

Create an Amazing Sensory Room On a Budget https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/create-an-amazing-sensory-room/

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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Sensory Stress Busters During the Hectic Holiday Season

Sensory Stress Busters During the Hectic Holiday Season https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/stress-busters-during-holiday-season/

What a delight the holidays can be! Yet if you’re the parent of a child with sensory issues, making it a jolly holiday can be challenging. The stressors of unpredictable schedules, sudden transitions, and sensory input that disturbs your child are as plentiful as holiday lights this time of year. Naturally, we all try to […]

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Easy Ways to Create Some Calm for a Child with ASD This Holiday

Easy Ways to Create Some Calm for a Child with ASD This Holiday https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/create-calm-asd-child-holidays

It’s no secret that the holidays can be a very stressful time of year. The extra expectations, events, and parties that are supposed to be magical and wondrous can fall short. Too often, the season can leave adults frazzled, and as the snowflakes dance softly from the sky, children, too, can become overwhelmed. In spite […]

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Can Colors Influence Learning Abilities for Kids With Autism?

Can Colors Influence Learning Abilities for Kids With Autism? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/learning-abilities-with-autism-kids/

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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How to Develop a Sense of Safety Through Touch with Autism

How to Develop a Sense of Safety Through Touch with Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/sense-of-safety-through-touch/

Working with touch therapy to develop a sense of boundaries and personal space can often help people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) open-up and enjoy more of what life can offer. Some people with autism experience issues with the sense of physical boundaries and personal space. Often, they feel their skin and body differently due […]

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Amazing Ways a Weighted Blanket May Help Children with ASD

Amazing Ways a Weighted Blanket May Help Children with ASD https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/weighted-blanket-helps-to-relax/

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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Sensory Integration and Special Needs in the Dental Office

Sensory Integration and Special Needs in the Dental Office https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/sensory-integration-in-dental-office/

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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