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Sensory Issues

Sensory Issues Can Predict Future Abdominal Pain for Some With Autism

Theresa Lyons, MS, MS, PhD | Posted 11.20.2015 | Science
Theresa Lyons, MS, MS, PhD

Gastrointestinal (GI) problems are common in children with autism. That is not an earth-shattering statement and I have blogged about that before. Studies have shown GI problems to be prevalent in 24-70 per cent of the autism population.

My Kid Is Obsessed With How Shoes Fit But He's Too Well Adjusted For Therapy

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 10.09.2015 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

Your kid is opting out of fun social activities because of this issue. It is severely impacting his social life and quality of life in general. Why let him suffer like this? This will not go away. It will seem weirder and weirder to the other kids, and will impact whether he makes friends.

Angela Hanscom: Stop Blaming Parents (Including Yourself) For Sensory Disorders

Lee Lee | Posted 10.07.2015 | Parents
Lee Lee

As a parent who has dealt with the uncertainty of undiagnosed delays, my heart goes out to all parents who do not know the source of their children's sensory issues, including Ms. Hanscom. Self-blame can be the easier way to cope when the alternative is to embrace the unknowable.

Foodies vs. Food Averse and the Mom Who Loves Them

Katja Rowell, M.D. | Posted 07.08.2015 | Parents
Katja Rowell, M.D.

On a scale of one to ten, how much pleasure do you get from planning, cooking and eating meals? Do you sometimes 'forget' to eat, or is that idea preposterous to you? Have you ever wondered why people approach food so differently?

Down the Rabbit Hole Again in Search of a Diagnosis

Kathy Radigan | Posted 06.07.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I would be lying if I said I wasn't scared for what the next few weeks and months may bring. I want the best for my son, and I want him to have a happy life. I know that by sharing our story, it may mean that at least one other family may know they're not alone. And isn't that what these awareness campaigns are all about?

The Real Reason Why Kids Fidget -- And What We Can Do About It

Angela Hanscom | Posted 10.05.2014 | Parents
Angela Hanscom

Fidgeting is a real problem. It is a strong indicator that children are not getting enough movement throughout the day. We need to fix the underlying issue.

How I Know That Sensory Processing Disorder Is Real

Stephanie Giese | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Giese

I know with certainty the difference between typical childhood behaviors and what I see exhibited by my son.

A Letter to Judgy McJudgerson About the iPad Potty

Sarah Watts | Posted 07.19.2014 | Parents
Sarah Watts

Know what I think? This thing is freaking great. It's a masterpiece. Potty training is hard, with a bowel program or without, and whatever keeps your kid socially continent and potty-trained before they go to kindergarten, I'm all for.

Twice-Exceptional: Is It a Gift?

Kelly Hirt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kelly Hirt

As my son grew, he continued to surpass expected milestones. He had an amazing memory and asked inquisitive questions that were unexpected as a toddler. When my son turned four, a quirky toddler had morphed into a demanding dictator.

Why I Cried For Joy When My Daughter Ate A Chicken Nugget

Denise Henry | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Denise Henry

Eventually, I'll introduce Nina and her brothers to healthier snack options such as homemade chicken nuggets, sweet potato fries, kale chips, and edamame. But for now, when Nina says, "Mama, chicken nugget is yummy," it truly fills my heart with joy.

Stunning Dollhouses Built For Children With Special Needs

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 10.11.2013 | Parents

These aren't your typical Barbie Dream Houses. Twenty acclaimed modern architects were enlisted by British property developer Cathedral Group to de...

Good News From the "Omega Point"

Ken Atchity | Posted 12.22.2012 | College
Ken Atchity

If we were created in the image of God (aka the consciousness behind the universe), why wouldn't we evolve toward being godlike?

What You Didn't See When My Child Had a Meltdown in the Restaurant

Carrie Goldman | Posted 11.13.2012 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

Dear Tables of People Gaping at Us in the Restaurant, I know what you heard. You heard my daughter screaming, admittedly very loudly. And I heard you too. I heard you say that some kids shouldn't be at restaurants. But here is what you don't see or hear...

Disorder Many Parents Don't Know To Look Out For

| Posted 05.10.2012 | Parents

Written by Beth Arky. This story is part of Speak Up for Kids, an annual public education program held during National Children's Mental Health Awa...

Emma's New Shoes

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 07.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Because of her many and varied sensory issues, Emma doesn't like wearing shoes, or socks, for that matter. So, no. We did not have sneakers to send into school. However, I decided to change that.

Sensory Overload, Awareness and Autism

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 06.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

My 10-year-old autistic daughter, Emma, woke up in the middle of the night crying. Her screams of pain, the result of intense pressure in her ears, were like the sounds of an animal under attack.