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Sensory Resources

Sensory processing challenges can be difficult to manage and sometimes hard to identify. With two kids diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), we’ve had to learn all about the 8 sensory systems (taste, touch, sight, smell, sound, vestibular, proprioception & interoception) to better support our kids’ needs.

I have to say, it can be tricky to balance their sensory seeking and sensory avoiding behaviours, especially as they can display them at the same time! But, understanding their behaviours and linking them to their sensory needs has helped us to better support them and teach them about self-regulation.

I’ve come across a lot of information over the years and I’m linking to some of the better sites below. If you are struggling with sensory challenges, it’s recommended to see an Occupational Therapist (OT) as they are best equipped to identify sensory processing issues and suggest a program of activities to address them.

7 ways occupational therapy can help with autism

I have shared before my sense of puzzlement when I first heard that occupational therapy, or OT, would be a big part of the autism early intervention process for our family. Initially I could not see what occupational therapy had to do with autism at all. And I bet...

Our war on head lice: Po-Lice Review

Post in collaboration with Po-Lice "Kirsty Russell here, reporting from the front lines of the ongoing battle with our long-time foes, head lice. After nearly 8 years of battle, we are tired and exhausted. Our troops are reluctant to continue to engage in combat and...

Occupational Therapy & Autism {Sensory Treat – Review}

I vividly remember certain details after receiving the news of Gilbert's autism diagnosis, just after his 4th birthday. Yet vaguely recall others. I know I sat there in the paediatrician's office in a brown vinyl chair. I remember the colourful town scene sheet on the...

Ups and Downs

Life is a funny thing isn't it? You have the perfect moments and the days where nothing can go wrong. Where sunshine pours out of places where it definitely shouldn't. Days you imprint on your mind just because they were so damn good. Then, you have those moments of...

The New House

So we are in the new house. It has been 3 weeks now and we’re only just starting to feel at home. Most of the boxes are unpacked, my husband finally has his games room and the kids have their own separate bedrooms. The house is huge, so much larger than what we had...

Family Night Out

Tonight we went out as a family to a friend's birthday party. To be honest, these things are not normally occasions I look forward to as any social gathering for my kids can be fraught with difficulty. And, as a consequence, they are normally full of stress and strain...