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New Book Offers Encouragement to Parents of Fussy Eaters

Helpful New Book Offers Encouragement to Parents of Fussy Eaters https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/encouragement-parents-fussy-eaters

Attack of the Killer Banana by Shannon Thiry A new book, Attack of the Killer Banana, by Shannon Thiry, offers help and support to parents of children who are extremely fussy eaters. Lots of parents complain about their children being “fussy eaters.” But with a little bit of encouragement,1 their kids outgrow their problems. For […]

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Ways to Include Your ASD Child When You Head to Church

Ways to Include Your ASD Child When You Head to Church

Parents of children with special needs often fear being judged by others.  It is hoped that the church will be an accepting environment; however, the reality is that the majority of church members with children who have special needs do not attend church regularly.  Church holds great importance to many families, yet the thought of […]

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Advice on Understanding and Calming Sensory Overload in Children

Advice on Understanding and Calming Sensory Overload in Children

As a pediatric occupational therapist and a mother, I try my best to fully understand each child and his/her sensory needs, both at home and in my practice.  Children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) tend to experience sensory overload or adverse reactions to sensory input more frequently than typically […]

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The Broomstick Game: A Simple Way to Stimulate Your Child’s Proprioceptive System

The Broomstick Game

Working as a pediatric occupational therapist for 45 years and almost exclusively with children on the spectrum for the last 20 years, I’ve learned an important fact: children on the spectrum like deep touch. This isn’t news and it’s why parents hear about the benefits of a child wearing a tight vest, playing squishy games […]

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New Research: Program Offers Help for Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder

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Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is closely aligned with autism in that most individuals on the autism spectrum have significant struggles with SPD (autismspeaks.org). Children with sensory impairments find it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, resulting in challenges such as clumsiness, anxiety, and social and behavioral problems.  Additionally, many of them have sensory-related sensitivities […]

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Help: My Kindergartener Struggles in the School Cafeteria

“My child with ASD and SPD started kindergarten this year and eating in the cafeteria with all the sounds and smells is a struggle for her. Do you have any ideas to help her make it through lunch?” – Lauren Hi Lauren. Elementary school cafeterias have got to be one of the nosiest, smelliest places […]

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