In our everyday lives, we 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.  Some children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) find it difficult to process sensory information and integrate sensory stimuli. Because

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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

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

Sensory-friendly, autism-friendly, relaxed, and inclusive events are popping up across the country. TDF offers supported Broadway performances in New York City, the Space Center Houston opens its doors early every other month, and several stadiums and arenas now offer sensory bags to help with the intense stimulation. For individuals who cannot do big crowds, extreme

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in Sensory Solutions by Amanda Mahoney, PhD, BCBA-D

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

I began this article today recognizing you, as the World’s Foremost Expert on Your Child. Just the thought of decorating a whole room can be cause for anxiety or even a sense of being overwhelmed before we even begin. My goal today is to ease that anxiety and create a working template for you so

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in Sensory Solutions by Katharine Walker

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

Many people use hand fidgets to relieve stress and anxiety, to help focus, or just for plain fun. Stress balls, putty, and anything squishy and squeezy are helpful because they’re soothing, calming, and enjoyable to fidget with. Sensory items have helped people of all ages, from adults sitting at a desk at work to children

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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

My brother and I have a 15 year difference in age, and I remember the days of helping my mother change diapers and prepare bottles. He had an inquisitive mind, and even as a toddler, he was determined to learn everything. I remember at one point he wanted to learn the names of all the

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in Sensory Solutions by Lindsay Wieand

How does your child react in the water—with pleasure or with pain?  Does your child respond to water play with interest and excitement, or does the very mention of water create stress? Let’s look at the reasons why kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) react differently from one another in the water, along with some

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in Sensory Solutions by Cindy Freedman

Sensory rooms are the perfect accompaniment for children on the autism spectrum Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may have issues effectively processing sensory information and may perceive sensation differently. For example, a child may perceive touch sensation as painful or immediately become startled when touched.  Some children are extremely sensitive to noises such as

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in Sensory Solutions by Christina Kozlowski, OTR/L

Like so many parents-to-be, when I was pregnant, I looked forward to wonderful moments spent bathing my little one. I recalled bubbles and giggles in our bathtub at home when I was little, and I was eager to create treasured memories with my own child.  But after my son was born and became big enough

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in Sensory Solutions by Nancy Peske

One in six children experiences sensory difficulties that affect everyday life. Sensory based intervention has been shown effective. A family-centered approach emphasizes parental coaching in natural environments of the family. Despite the importance of intervention carryover, adherence is believed to be low. This is due to the overwhelming nature, required commitment and lifestyle changes asked of children and

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in Sensory Solutions by Oren Steinberg

My desire to help my child be successful in school led to a new product designed for children/adults with autism, ADHD, and other learning disabilities.  From the time my daughter Kinslee was around two years old, we knew she wasn’t like other kids.  She had horrible breakdowns when her hair was washed when water would

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in Sensory Solutions by Robin Tenboer

“I can’t wear those jeans!” “No, I won’t eat mashed potatoes!” “Agh, don’t make me touch that!” These statements and tantrums are often how Sensory Processing Disorder shows itself in a child.   Sensory processing is the brain’s recognition of receptor (eyes, nose, skin, taste, vestibular, etc.) driven input, and the interpretation, integration, and prioritizing of

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in Sensory Solutions by Victoria Naumann, DC, DACNB

Industrial Designer Lisa Fraser never imagined she would one day become an award-winning and celebrated entrepreneur. “It was never in my plans – it sort of just happened,” said the 28-year-old from Vancouver.“I wanted to alleviate discomfort and develop a tool that could help children with autism function better in their daily lives. I didn’t

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in Sensory Solutions by Amy KD Tobik