What Is Irlen Syndrome? What Are the Symptoms? by Lauren Brukner, MS, OTR/L

What Is Irlen Syndrome? What Are the Symptoms? by Lauren Brukner, MS, OTR/L

I reviewed a book whose author has two children with Irlen syndrome and was happy to learn another author could tell us all about it! On Irlen.com I learned, ” Irlen Syndrome (also referred to at times as Meares-Irlen Syndrome, Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome, and Visual Stress) is a perceptual processing disorder. It is not an optical problem. It is a problem with the brain’s ability to process visual information. This problem tends to run in families and is not currently identified by other standardized educational or medical tests. This problem can manifest itself differently for each individual. This problem is not remediable and is often a lifetime barrier to learning and performance.”

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Is It a Chewy or a Fidget? SentioCHEWS and KidCompanions Chewelry Chew Necklaces Are BOTH!

Is It a Chewy or a Fidget? SentioCHEWS and KidCompanions Chewelry Chew Necklaces Are BOTH!

Is It a Chewy or a Fidget? Both our lines of chew necklaces, SentioCHEWS and KidCompanions Chewelry, are sensory toys that are both used as a mouth fidget and a hand fidget. 

Now SentioLife Solutions, Ltd. has two very different chew necklaces in its COST, FEEL and its LOOK. Children with autism (ASD), sensory processing disorder (SPD), ADHD, Tourette syndrome, Down syndrome, FASD, etc. are very sensitive to certain materials and some prefer our original KidCompanions Chewelry on the market since 2007 while others really like our new SentioCHEWS. Our newest sensory toy was launched in Nov. of 2013. What is the story behind these two chew necklaces and are they used as a chewy, a fidget, or are they both?

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Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) – Multi-sensory Program for Improving Brain Function by Lauren Brukner, MS, OTR/L

Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) – Multi-sensory Program for Improving Brain Function by Lauren Brukner, MS, OTR/L

This guest post on Integrated Listening Systems (iLs)  is written by Lauren Brukner, MS, OTR/L. Lauren is the author of The Kids’ Guide to Staying Awesome and in Control: Simple Stuff to Help Children Regulate Their Emotions and Senses, and we thank her for writing another guest post to introduce her book on our Special Needs Book Review site.

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How Weighted Products Provide Proprioceptive Sensory Input

How Weighted Products Provide Proprioceptive Sensory Input
So many problems, so many choice, so many decisions…Parents of children with special needs must feel overwhelmed so many times! This post answers questions regarding weighted products. What weighted products are available for children to provide proprioceptive sensory input? How do weighted products help? Weighted products are used to diffuse tension and help promote a sense of calmness and comfort by using, for example, a cozy weighted blanket to enhance sensory integration. The blanket is perfect for bundling up while promoting relaxation and sensory feedback.
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Raising a Girl with Autism – Asperger’s In Pink by Julie Clark ~ Book Review

Raising a Girl with Autism – Asperger’s In Pink by Julie Clark ~ Book Review

This post introduces you to one of my favorite special needs parenting books. If you are raising a girl with autism you will appreciate this book. I just wrote a review of it for our Special Needs Book Review site. It is Asperger’s in Pink ~ Pearls of Wisdom from Inside the Bubble of Raising a Child with Asperger’s by “Julie Clark.  

Julie writes about her family as they learn how to care for their daughter with Asperger’s syndrome. Even though this book fills the need for a resource for families and educators of a girl with autism, it is also very beneficial for all parents of a special needs child because many aspects of the Clark’s family struggle apply to all. These parents will learn from Julie Clark’s experience as they also sift through the EAS (Educational Alphabet Soup) IEP, 504, PAT, FAPE, CSE, OT…

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Raising a Sensory Smart Child

Raising a Sensory Smart Child

Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues

Become Sensory Smart

Parents can now find lots of parenting books about raising a sensory smart child. One of these is Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues by Lindsey Biel, M.A.,OTR/L and Nancy Peske.  This book has a foreword by Dr. Temple Grandin and is Winner of the NAPPA Gold Award and IParenting Media Award.

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Off The Page Hi-Lo eBooks: Easy-to-Read, High Interest eBooks for Teens and Young Adults

We have found the most beautiful hi-lo eBooks by a company called Off The Page. Off The Page eBooks are fun, educational, easy-to-read books tailored to teens and young adult readers. The easy-to-read, high interest eBooks are made in New Zealand by Anne Russell and Rosemary Emery and used around the world. These beautiful eBooks are for adolescents and young adults with reading difficulties especially students with Down syndrome, autism, and learning disabilities. Make reading fun with these hi-lo eBooks designed with the needs and interests of mature students who are just beginning to read.

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Review Autism Spectrum Disorder SIBLING SUPPORT: 15 Practical Tips by Trish Thorpe

Review Autism Spectrum Disorder SIBLING SUPPORT: 15 Practical Tips by Trish Thorpe

On our Special Needs Book Review site we reviewed one of the four books Trish Thorpe has written titled   Autism Spectrum Disorder SIBLING SUPPORT: 15 Practical Tips for Parents and Caregivers.   For her Amazon.com book information, Trish Thorpe wrote, “There is perhaps no group in our society who is impacted more and recognized less than the siblings of disabled people. It’s time to highlight their needs. This handbook does just that. Updated annually, it provides parents and caregivers with insight and practical strategies for supporting the siblings of special-needs children.

By collaborating with a professional psychologist, the author was able to leverage the insight she learned from years of counseling about her lifelong relationship with her own Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) brother. The success of the collaboration is evident here — you’ll find a non-clinical yet spot-on understanding of special-needs sibling dynamics.

Short and to the point, the book starts by explaining the term “glass children” (i.e., the neurotypical, “see-through” child in the sibling relationship). Next you’ll find step-by-step suggestions (15 tips) for helping ASD siblings deal with day-to-day challenges such as understanding lopsided household rules, feeling loved and respected as an individual outside of their role as an ASD sibling, and comprehending the unique advantages of living in a special-needs family. This is an important resource for anyone wanting to understand and support ASD siblings.

(This handbook was updated in 2016 to include DSM-5 information.)”

See the links at the end of this post to our interview with Ms. Thorpe and to a guest post about her book on ASD sibling support.

Trish Thorpe also agreed to write the following guest post introducing her book on ASD sibling support.

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Book Review of Sensitive Sam Visits the Dentist by Marla Roth-Fisch

Book Review of Sensitive Sam Visits the Dentist by Marla Roth-Fisch

All parents will be pleased to learn about this amazing kid’s book on visiting the dentist. Sensitive Sam Visits the Dentist  written and illustrated by Marla Roth-Fisch helps all children overcome their fear of visiting the dentist.  This beautiful children’s book is packed with hints for parents on making a visit to the dentist a better experience. It is especially helpful for children with sensory processing disorder (SPD) and other special needs. Parents of kids on the autism spectrum appreciate Sensitive Sam Visits the Dentist because they can use it as a Social Story to prepare their child for their appointments to the dentist.   

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Neutralizing Negative Messaging about Children with Autism by Lorrie Servati

Neutralizing Negative Messaging about Children with Autism by Lorrie Servati

The team at SentioLife Solutions, Ltd. thanks Lorrie Servati for her post, “Neutralizing Negative Messaging about Children with Autism”. It fits perfectly with our other posts of October about bullying and cyberbullying as this is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Children with Autism as well as other children with special needs are too often victims of bullying by their peers. Parents, other caregivers, and school staff have to be vigilant year round to protect the most vulnerable students who are taunted by others and they must act immediately to put a stop to this bullying.

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Help STOP Bullying – NO ONE Deserves to be Bullied

Help STOP Bullying – NO ONE Deserves to be Bullied

Bullying and Cyberbullying – these are topics on the minds of many educators, parents, and everyone who works with youth, especially those who have special needs.  The month of October is National Bullying Prevention Month, schools and whole communities join forces to explore the best Anti-Bullying and Bullying Prevention ideas and to raise awareness that more needs to be done to tackle these serious issues. 

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