Benefits of Sensory Toys for Kids with Special Needs

Benefits of Sensory Toys for Kids with Special Needs

What are the benefits of sensory toys? This is a question we get on our SentioLife Solutions Facebook page and our KidCompanions Facebook page.  We often receive messages from distraught parents asking for solutions for their child who has challenging behaviors. Like it is often said, “Behavior is a form of COMMUNICATION”; therefore, it is best to search for the root of the problem.

This means parents, teachers, and therapists have to figure out what is causing their child/student with autism, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, Down syndrome, etc. to act a certain way. Knowing what triggers their child’s behavior makes it possible to find a strategy to help help them. The answer may be as simple as providing sensory toys or a chewy fidget.

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Special Diets for Special Kids

Special Diets for Special Kids

Volumes 1 and 2 Combined by Lisa Lewis, PhD

What are the WHYs and HOWs behind dietary intervention? Do you know about the positive effects special diets seem to be having on children with autism, ADHD, allergies, celiac disease, sleep, behavior, etc.? After reading Special Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis, Ph.D., I would really give a gluten-free/casein-free (GFCF) diet a try.

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Cooking with Kids: Learn Social Skills, Math, Fine Motor Skill and Have Fun

Cooking with Kids: Learn Social Skills, Math, Fine Motor Skill and Have Fun

Cooking with Kids: Learn Social Skills, Math, Fine Motor Skill and Have Fun is reprinted with permission from a 2011 column on “GFCF Cooking Together with Kids” offered by the Autism Asperger’s Digest magazine. This selection is featured in the July/August 2011 issue. Find previous GFCF Cooking Together articles at the Article Library page of the AADigest website, www.AutismDigest.com.

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FREE Registration for the “Autism Empowerment Telesummit- 2014”: Doors Are Open!

FREE Registration for the “Autism Empowerment Telesummit- 2014”: Doors Are Open!

Doors are open for the  FREE “Autism Empowerment Telesummit- 2014“, where a panel of 15  world wide experts in the field of autism, with years of experience, research and success, is devoted to sharing  their knowledge and practical tools with you so you can witness transformation in YOUR child, including Dr. Temple Grandin, Julie Matthews, Kerri Rivera, Lynette Louise, Melanie Potock, Tali Berman, and more!

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Poem About Raising A Child with Special Needs: My Actual Name Is Scott! by Sandra MacLaren

Poem About Raising A Child with Special Needs: My Actual Name Is Scott! by Sandra MacLaren

Recently on Facebook I read a touching poem written by a mom from the UK about raising a child with special needs. Sandra MacLaren’s poem, “My Actual Name Is Scott!” tugged at my heartstrings and I felt so many other parents raising children with challenging needs would be able to relate to Sandra’s poem. I contacted Sandra and we thank her for writing to us about her story, for the photos and for giving us permission to post her poem.

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SentioCHEWS OR KidCompanions Chewelry – Comparing Our TWO Oral-Motor Tools

SentioCHEWS OR KidCompanions Chewelry – Comparing Our TWO Oral-Motor Tools

In November of 2013 SentioLife Solutions, Ltd. that designed and sells KidCompanions Chewelry since 2007 launched their new, oral-motor tool, SentioCHEWS.

Parents immediately asked how these two chew necklaces differ.  How do they compare in size, durability, and ability to satisfy the need to bite and chew?  Do SentioCHEWS have all the same features as KidCompanions Chewelry has that bring parents peace of mind?  AND the biggest eye opener/elephant–in-the-room is WHY the difference in price. Each SentioCHEWS costs you only $9,95 Canadian and our regular price for KidCompanions Chewelry is $17,49 Canadian.

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June 27th Last Day of Fast Action Bonuses for ICAN! Jumpstart with Tali Berman

June 27th Last Day of Fast Action Bonuses for ICAN! Jumpstart with Tali Berman

Dear Parents and Professionals,

I know how easy it is to get whisked away by your busy life so I wanted to send you a quick reminder that the fast action bonuses worth over $400 (including a coupon code from KidCompanions Chewelry!) and a $100 savings on the ICAN! Jumpstart program ends today!

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Listen to “Create Communication Breakthroughs” from Tali Berman & Sign-up for “ICAN!” Jumpstart

Listen to “Create Communication Breakthroughs” from Tali Berman & Sign-up for “ICAN!”  Jumpstart

Hello parents and professionals,

My colleague, Tali Berman, is an autism specialist and author of, Play to Grow! Over 200 Games Designed to Help Your Special Child Develop Fundamental Social Skills.  Tali had the amazing experience of launching her FREE training “Create Communication Breakthroughs” to over 500 people from 30 different countries on Thursday, June 20th.

In case you did not sign up, she did not want you to miss out.

You can download the recording and your accompanying Action Guide right here, FREE:

LISTEN NOW!

On this call she also opened doors to her “ICAN!” Jumpstart  4 week- virtual program, beginning Tuesday, July 2nd.

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5 Ways to Ensure Your Child’s Obesity by Allison Foster

5 Ways to Ensure Your Child’s Obesity by Allison Foster

We were pleased that Allison Foster contacted the folks behind KidCompanions Special Needs Blog to offer a guest post on a very important topic: child obesity! Recently I read an article that claimed that child obesity is a form of child abuse if the child does not have a medical condition that causes a child to gain wait or is taking medication with weight gain as a side effect.

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