Working with Children with Disabilities – Julia Kay O’Connor

Working with Children with   Disabilities – Julia Kay O’Connor

Recently Special Needs Book Review posted about a wonderful book for children titled Jolly Molly Dolly by Julia Kay O’Connor.  This book is not only great for children with disabilities but it helps all children learn about therapy equipment available to make the lives of others with challenges easier. Julia O’Connor is the Integrated Services Coordinator at an

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Teething and Chewing Necklaces Under FDA Warning – Issues to Consider with Chewelry, What Are The Rules and Navigating The Design of Oral Sensory Tools.

Teething and Chewing  Necklaces Under FDA Warning – Issues to Consider with Chewelry,  What Are The Rules and Navigating The Design of Oral Sensory Tools.

The scenario is that teething and chewing necklaces are now under FDA warning. But, after trying alternatives and OT behavior techniques, your child still chews everything! Now what? How do you navigate the chewy minefield? Are there products safer than pencils, sleeves and household items? How do you find them? I felt this way in 2006 and this article revisits all the reasons why our company exists. The FDA Warning: Chew and

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Ben Needed Oral Motor Input – He Chewed Everything, Parents Tried Everything

Ben Needed Oral Motor Input – He Chewed Everything, Parents Tried Everything

Social media makes it possible for a small business owner to interact with others in all corners of the world. We have designed two lines of chew necklaces and always love getting feedback about who uses our KidCompanions Chewelry and our Tougher-than-Silicone SentioCHEWS. Through our Special Needs Book Review site, I have a new cyber

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TEN Tips For a Successful Family Vacation With Children With Special Needs

TEN Tips For a Successful Family Vacation With Children With Special Needs

Summer vacations can provide a relaxing break for many families. However, children with special needs may struggle during vacation because of the changes to their schedule, routine and environment. Implement several tips as you plan a successful summer vacation for your entire family. Choose a Quiet Destination If your child has sensory challenges, choose a

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Why TPE is a Better Chewelry Material Choice than Silicone

TPE is a Better Chewelry Material Choice than Silicone When designing our first chewable pendants, we researched lots of chewelry material. Natural rubber, silicone and various plastics. Over the past few years there has been a rise in food-grade silicone chewable necklaces and pendants flooding the market and we wanted to address the reasons why

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Advice About Sensory Issues and Treatment by Kelly Beins, OTR/L,

Advice About Sensory Issues and Treatment by Kelly Beins, OTR/L,

This post has advice and information for parents of children with sensory issues from an expert in the field of sensory integration! Kelly Beins is an Occupational Therapist certified in sensory integration, and owner of a private practice, Occupational Therapy Consulting, LLC. Ms. Beins is the author of Ovis Has Trouble with School. She hopes children with sensory challenges will be able

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Children’s Book on Sensory Challenges – Ovis Has Trouble with School by Kelly Beins, OTR/L

Children’s Book on Sensory Challenges – Ovis Has Trouble with School by Kelly Beins, OTR/L

Parents who buy our chewelry: KidCompanions or SentioCHEWS will love to learn about an adorable children’s book on sensory challenges. When chewing, the sensory input provided to the mouth and powerful jaw muscles helps calm the nervous system. So biting and chewing is comforting when a child is overwhelmed, overstimulated, anxious, and nervous. These same

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Chewelry Companion by Alexis Wallerstein

Chewelry Companion by Alexis Wallerstein

The team at SentioLife Solutions always loves receiving feedback from the folks who buy our chew necklaces. This week we received a priceless, lovely story about the benefits our KidCompanions Chewelry brings to a young adult. Thank you so much Alexis Wallerstein! Dear Pierrette, In February earlier this year I gave a testimonial about your

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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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