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Why Are So Many of Us Over-Sensitive?

Why are so many of us over-sensitive?  When a gentle glow feels like a spotlight and everyday sounds hurt your ears, life can get anxious and painful. But, discovers Emma Young, there may be an upside to being highly sensitive. Written by: Emma Young At the age of six, Jack Craven started telling his mother […]

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Garbanzo Bean Sensory Bin

Today we made a garbanzo bean sensory bin.  We purchased some dried garbanzo beans aka chickpeas at the grocery store.  Follow these steps to color the beans:  Pour the bag of beans into a plastic bag.  Add 2 dashes of rubbing alcohol (I am too lazy to measure but if you wanted to measure it […]

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5 Tips for a Successful Sensory Diet

So you have created a sensory diet for a child and now it is time to carry it out.  Here are 5 recommendations to help ensure a successful sensory diet:  Educate, educate, educate.  One of our main jobs as pediatric therapists is to educate children, parents and teachers.  Make sure everyone understands why you are […]

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Free Self Calming Deep Breathing Activity

Here is a free self calming deep breathing activity.  Print and cut out the deep breathing cards.  The child can take 4 deep breaths trying to breath in through the nose (smelling the flowers) and out through the mouth (blowing out the candles).  You can print the activity at http://yourtherapysource.com/freecalmbreath.html [subscribe2]

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ADHD and Sensory Processing

Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics published research on whether 20 children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at greater risk than 27 children without ADHD for problems with sensory processing.  In addition they investigated whether certain sensory systems were more closely associated with the core symptoms of ADHD, specifically inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity. The researchers used the […]

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Sensory Based Phenotypes for Autism?

Autism Research recently published research examining whether sensory differences can be used to classify subgroups of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  The Short Sensory Profile was completed on 228 children with ASD ages 2-10 years old.  The results indicated the following: 1.  four distinct sensory subtypes were identified – (a) sensory adaptive (b) taste smell […]

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Effects of Platform Swing on Independent Work in Children with Autism

Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities published research of the effects of using a platform swing on independent work behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  The research was a pretest – posttest randomized design with 30 children with ASD.  All individuals in the study participated in 2 five minute intervals of independent […]

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5 Tips for School Children with Tactile Sensitivity

Difficulties processing tactile information can result in some individuals being very sensitive to touch and over-reaction to objects or people in the environment. Conversely, some individuals may have decreased sensation of touch which can result in people using too much force or placing themselves in dangerous situations.Here are some suggestions to help children with tactile […]

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Gum Chewing and Headaches

Gum chewing is occasionally recommended for children as part of a sensory diet therefore I thought this research regarding gum chewing and headaches was important to mention.  Pediatric Neurology will be publishing research on 30 patients between 6-19 years old who had chronic or migraine headaches and chewed gum daily.  The medical doctor, Dr. Watemburg, […]