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.

The Need to Understand Irregular Sensory Regulation

The Need to Understand Irregular Sensory Regulation http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/understand-irregular-sensory-regulation

Ian*, one of my regular patients, usually starts his Shiatsu session with significant delay. He walks slowly and often stands for minutes, weaving his body, before going through every door. Before we get to the room where the Shiatsu sessions are held, several minutes have typically passed. The Shiatsu mat is ready on the floor […]

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Sensory Enrichment Therapy: A New Approach

Sensory Enrichment Therapy: A New Approach http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/sensory-enrichment-therapy-autism/

Children with autism often have sensory issues. They may be sensory seeking, or they may be sensory avoiding or even a little of both. For a child who is living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), some textures can be very irritating. Sounds, crowds, lights or smells can upset them. Many sensory approaches already aim to […]

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Calming Self-Injurious Behavior with a Simple Touch

Calming Self-Injurious Behavior with a Simple Touch http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/calming-self-injurious-behavior-autism

The hardest part of treating people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is observing self-injurious behavior. It is especially difficult for the individual’s family and carers to witness them hurting themselves with such aggression when they do not always understand the reason or cause of the trigger. Therefore, I take my clients’ needs very seriously, and […]

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Sensory Weighted Blanket and Miracle Cape Created with Love

Sensory Weighted Blanket and Miracle Cape Created with Love http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/sensory-weighted-blanket-autism/

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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Sensory Play Ideas and Summer Activities For Kids With Autism

Does your child with autism become overstimulated or bored easily? With the school year coming to an end, are you looking for sensory play ideas for your child? This guide will provide a variety of ideas for fun sensory activities for children with autism. How do sensory issues affect children with autism? The study found […]

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Best Sensory Toys for Kids with Sensory Processing Issues and Autism

Best Sensory Toys for Kids with Sensory Processing Issues and Autism http://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/best-sensory-toys/

Does your child with autism have issues with sensory input? Perhaps he/she would benefit from sensory-based intervention tools such as sensory toys. Take a look at some of the top sensory toys for autism recommended by many occupational therapists to include fidget spinners, hand toys, chew toys, cubes, and sensory rings for children with autism. […]

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Top Ways to Interrupt the Meltdown Cycle

Top Ways to Interrupt the Meltdown Cycle https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/ways-interrupt-meltdown-cycle

Meltdowns are often caused by sensory issues. The world is often too loud, too bright, too stinky, or too silent. Even if a meltdown is triggered by something else, adrenaline will heighten our senses more. This is a natural survival instinct, but people with autism go into survival mode more often. This leads to a […]

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Sensory Overload: How to Find What Works Best for Your ASD Child

Sensory Overload: How to Find What Works Best for Your Child with Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/sensory-overload-what-works-best-autism

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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The Best Fidget Toys to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

The Best Fidget Toys to Relieve Stress and Anxiety https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/fidget-toys-to-relieve-stress-anxiety

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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Best Sensory Strategies for Handling Tactile Defensiveness

Best Sensory Strategies for Handling Tactile Defensiveness https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/sensory-strategies-handling-tactile-defensiveness

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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