Magazine on Sensory Processing by Sensory World: Sensory Focus Magazine

Magazine on Sensory Processing by Sensory World: Sensory Focus Magazine

Parents and teachers often ask us where they can find reliable information that is helpful in their journey raising or teaching children with Sensory Processing / Sensory Integration challenges. They ask us if there are books on sensory processing disorder or if we have found helpful blogs, or do we know of support groups or conferences on the topic of sensory processing disorder (SPD). Today we want to tell you about Sensory Focus Magazine – Understanding the Issue Behind the Behavior by Sensory World, a division of Future Horizons, Inc.

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You Are a Social Detective: Explaining Social Thinking to Kids Book by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke

You Are a Social Detective: Explaining Social Thinking to Kids Book by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke

How to explain social thinking to kids? I just reviewed a great book to help you, You Are a Social Detective: Explaining Social Thinking to Kids written by Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke, and illustrated by Kelly Knopp. This book will be enjoyed by all the young Social Detectives who might have School Smarts, Science Smarts, or Music Smarts and need just a little help with their Social Smarts to make a big difference in their daily interactions.

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Two Books on Behavior Solutions IN and BEYOND the Inclusive Classroom

Two Books on Behavior Solutions IN and BEYOND the Inclusive Classroom

Parents and teachers should know about two great books on behaviors solutions by Beth Aune, OTR/L, Beth Burt and Peter Gennaro. The first published was Behavior Solutions for the Inclusive Classroom: A Handy Reference Guide that Explains Behaviors Associated with Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and other Special Needs. However as all who work in the school system know that challenging or different behaviors do not only happen in the classroom but in all areas of the school, the authors wrote a second book, a great companion for their first one, More Behavior Solutions In and Beyond the Inclusive Classroom.

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Teens with Special Needs Transitioning to High School

Teens with Special Needs Transitioning to High School

One successful Tweetchat for The Coffee Klatch  I had was with Julie Clark, author of Asperger’s in PINK: Pearls of Wisdom from inside the Bubble of Raising a Child with Asperger’s . Julie Clark’s book is a must read for all whose paths intertwine with a child who has Asperger’s sydrome. True, she wrote it based on the experience she had raising their daughter, Kristina, who has Asperger’s and sensory issues but there is a lot in this book for teachers, parents, grandparents, and all who work with or are raising children who have various special needs. Today you will learn more about Julie Clark, who is author, artist, advocate and mom. She will give us advice on teens with special needs transitioning to high school.

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How To Diversify a Diet When A Child Has a Significantly Limited Food Repertoire by Lindsey Biel, OTR/L

How To Diversify a Diet When A Child Has a Significantly Limited Food Repertoire by Lindsey Biel, OTR/L

How to introduce new foods to a child who is a picky eater? The article, “How To Diversify a Diet When A Child Has a Significantly Limited Food Repertoire” appeared in the March-April 2011 issue of the Autism and Asperger’s Digest under the column Sensory Smarts: Happy Mouths, Happy Meals by Lindsey Biel, OTR/L.  It is reprinted with permission of publisher. Please note that we added the photos and added the words KidCompanions Chewelry in this article.

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Ten Tips for Successful Celebrations for Kids with Autism: Birthdays, Holidays, Family Reunions…

Ten Tips for Successful Celebrations for Kids with Autism: Birthdays, Holidays, Family Reunions…

Holidays and family celebrations are a stress for many families for both parents and children. If you have a child with special needs these celebrations become a dreaded event that most parents would like to cross off their schedules or learn to celebrate differently. Most families like to keep ties with other family members and friends and this is usually done during family gatherings during the holidays or during family celebrations. What can parents do to help kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) be able to enjoy these family reunions and parties and in turn make it a successful celebration for all? How can you help your child with autism develop the social skills needed to interact with others at these social gatherings?

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KidCompanions Chewelry & SentioCHEWS: SAFE, Sensory Chew Necklaces and Clip-on Fidgets

KidCompanions Chewelry & SentioCHEWS: SAFE, Sensory Chew Necklaces and Clip-on Fidgets

Pierrette and Lorna d’Entremont are co-owners of SentioLife Solutions, Ltd.,  the makers of two  sensory tool lines “KidCompanions Chewelry” and Tougher-than-Silicone SentioCHEWS. Our goal is to help special kids be themselves and thrive. Our sensory chew necklaces and our clip-on fidgets give parents peace of mindKidCompanions Chewelry Clip-on fidget: KidCompanions Chewelry & SentioCHEWS: SAFE, Sensory Chew Necklaces and Clip-on Fidgets and support their children who MUST bite, chew or fidget.

Our chew pendants are SAFE! They are BPA, lead, latex, pcv, and phthalate free and serve as chew necklaces and as handy fidgets!  These age-appropriate, oral-motor tools are sold online and in retail stores as well as in educational and special needs catalogues around the world.

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Siblings of Children with Autism or Special Needs

Siblings of Children with Autism or Special Needs

On one of the  Coffee Klatch Tweetchats I moderated, my guests were Bobbi Sheahan and Dr. Kathy DeOrnellas, authors of What I Wish I’d Known About Raising a Child with Autism Our topic was: Siblings of Children with Autism or Special Needs and what a lively discussion we had! Let me share our tweets with you. Remember the Twitter restriction of 140 characters. Twitter might not make it eloquent English but the ideas and advice are first rate. Let me tell you a bit about these remarkable ladies.

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Spring Break Activities For Kids Without Breaking the Bank

Spring Break Activities For Kids Without Breaking the Bank

Teachers and kids are looking forward to it but many parents hate when it rolls around…Yes, it’s Spring Break time again. How can families remove some of the STRESS of Spring Breaks? Many working parents must take time off to care for their children and they want this free week from school and work to be a happy, family event. How to plan Spring Break activities for kids without breaking the bank? Should you be looking for educational, scheduled, paid for activities or just enjoy free from routine, spur of the moment, fun things to do?

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KidCompanions Chewelry Designed by a Mom Who Knows About Special Needs

KidCompanions Chewelry Designed by a Mom Who Knows About Special Needs

WHO is behind KidCompanions Chewelry? Pierrette d’Entremont, a mom who breast fed her three children, felt there was a need on the market for a safe item to occupy the exploring hands of a baby being fed or held.  Pierrette developed a two-part pendant and a custom breakaway clasp which she called HeartString Baby’s Companions . This process took a while. Then this handy chewy or fidget toy for  infants and toddlers evolved into a sensory oral-motor tool for individuals with special needs. Here is the KidCompanions Chewelry story!

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Delays in Speech and Language Development: How Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) Help

Delays in Speech and Language Development: How Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) Help

The more I learn about children with special needs, the more I realize the importance for parents of pre-school children to be aware of the developmental milestones of their child from infant on.  I had the pleasure of having Robin Sue Kahn, MS, CCC/SLP (speech language pathologist) twice on our Monday morning The Coffee Klatch Tweetchats when I was moderator.  Ms. Kahn emphasized the importance of seeking help for your very young child the moment you notice delays in speech and language development. In Robin’s tweets, she mentioned speech-related disorders or difficulties in swallowing which is her line of work.

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Nine Ways How Special Dogs are Helping Children with Special Needs

Nine Ways How Special Dogs are Helping Children with Special Needs

When Jasmine Hall messaged me about her informative post on how dogs are now allowed in schools to help children with special needs feel more secure, happy, and in return more apt to learn, I knew this information would benefit many of our readers. For  students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), Asperger’s syndrome (AS), sensory processing disorder (SPD), social anxiety, Tourette’s syndrome, life threatening allergies, etc.  going to school is a challenge.  Getting them ready and willing to go is often a nightmare for the caregivers! Parents, teachers, and therapists should look into the possibility of introducing dogs in the mix of treatment and support.

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