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Sensory Processing Disorder

How Our Holidays Have Changed Since My Son's Autism Diagnosis

Shawna Wingert | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

It's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. And yet for many years, in our family, it was one of the worst. After finally getting his diagnosis, and learning more and more about my son's needs, we have taken a much different approach to celebrating the holidays.

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.

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.

When Church Hurts

Shawna Wingert | Posted 08.18.2015 | Religion
Shawna Wingert

No one tells you that church and sensory issues are like oil and water. They don't mention it in occupational therapy, or when you get the diagnosis, or even in the books that talk about what to expect. Yet every mom I know that has a unique little one like mine, has experienced it.

Ease the Anxiety of Back to School

Jacqui Zadik | Posted 08.03.2015 | Parents
Jacqui Zadik

Discuss what to expect. Allow your child to express what they're afraid of, and make sure to follow-up with validating statements such as, "I know that must feel so scary. When I was a kid, I felt that way, too." If they don't open up, try asking, "How are you feeling about going to school?"

Autism Acceptance: Don't Stop Believin'

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Two days before our 19-year-old autistic son Mickey leaves for sleep away camp, he asks to get a haircut. No big deal, right? But 15 years ago this would have been unthinkable.

3 Ways Labeling Our Child Saved Our Sanity

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 11.23.2014 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

His diagnosis enabled us to let go of some of the self-blame and shame we were struggling with and reinvest our energy into learning about Aidan's condition and helping him to recover.

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.

How We Recovered From A Sensory Meltdown At The Ice Show

Carrie Goldman | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

It wasn't about the skating anymore. It was about friendship and restoration. It was about parenting from a place of collaboration instead of judgment. It was about open communication and empathy for each other's kids.

10 Ways I Already Celebrated Mother's Day

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Laura Rossi Totten

Which brings me to Mother's Day. I live for family adventures and for the four of us to make memories. When I found out we had an opportunity to get tickets to a big nighttime (loud) baseball game in Boston I knew I wanted this to be my Mother's Day celebration. But how?

Gifted+Learning Disabled = No Desk For You, Says New Study

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 05.31.2014 | Education
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

We all celebrate our 2e heroes once they accomplish something great.They all needed accommodation, though many did not receive them. We do not need our 2e children to be famous, but we do need them to get the assistance they need to do well in school, and further to bring their talents to bare.

6 Ways To Make School Days Better For Sensory Kids

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 11.10.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

We have time spent in trial and error, verbal cues, the help of professionals, but what happens if it's all new to you? What happens if the back-to-school transitions just aren't working? If you are desperate to find new solutions and systems that work?

Finally, Biological Evidence For Sensory Processing Disorder?

Posted 07.11.2013 | Healthy Living

Kids with sensory processing disorder (SPD) -- a condition where common sensations are unbearable and disrupt daily life -- have differences in brain ...

Something's Not Right With Our Boy

Rachel Joyce | Posted 08.09.2013 | Parents
Rachel Joyce

I guess I've always known something was maybe amiss but honestly, I didn't want to know. There. I said it. I didn't want to know.

Dad Of 6-Year-Old With Asperger's: "There Was Not A Lot Of Guidance"

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 05.17.2013 | Parents

It took Brian and his wife, Susanna, a lot of research and trial and error before they got their daughter, Arizona, help that really worked. Their 6-y...

Playground Progress

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 06.03.2013 | Parents
Kimberly Abbott

My heart swelled and broke simultaneously. I wanted to help him and had to resist approaching the ringleader to ask if my boy could play too. Even though he is only five and -- hopefully -- far from the years that my mere existence will utterly embarrass him, I knew he didn't want me to interfere.

The Biggest Victory I Had With My Anxious Child

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 03.27.2013 | Parents
Kimberly Abbott

Last year at this time, the birthday party would have been a sweat-inducing experience at a minimum, and probably would have included some tears -- from both of us -- and a quick exit.

WATCH: The Little Girl Who Wouldn't Wear Clothes

Posted 11.07.2012 | Parents

Twenty-first century parents who want to share their stories have many different media -- paper, TV, radio, the Internet and beyond -- at their dispos...

10 Ways to Deal With a Child's New Diagnosis

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 11.20.2012 | Parents
Laura Rossi Totten

At about 2 ½, M was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder. From that point on, it was an emotional roller coaster filled with ups and downs, different doctors, confusing information, conflicting info from school and of course way too much Googling by Mom.

LOOK: New Device Creates Personal Space On Metro

Posted 08.30.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Do you ever wish you could get some privacy while riding public transportation? Meet the Sensory Shield. Lisa Daly, a Maryland lawyer...

Is Sensory Processing Disorder the New Black?

Heidi Brod | Posted 05.07.2012 | Parents
Heidi Brod

I think of Samantha's story and I'm reminded as a woman and a mother, that at some point, we need to be detectives, follow our own hearts and instincts. Nobody knows our children better than we do. We also need to give ourselves a break.