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The Importance of Tactile Sensory Play

The Tactile System The tactile system, or sense of touch refers to the information we receive through the receptors in our skin.  These receptors monitor our sensations including light touch, pressure (deep touch), temperature, and pain. They help us discriminate things we touch and come in contact with such as textures, shapes, size, and weight (North Shore Pediatric Therapy). Touch receptors begin developing in the womb and start with the face (Morgan, J., 2017)! WhenContinue reading “The Importance of Tactile Sensory Play”

Sensory Overload and Autism

What is Sensory Overload? Sensory overload happens when you’re receiving more input from your senses than your brain an organize and process. Too many noises, flashing lights, uncertain touch from a person or your clothing. Anyone can experience sensory overload; however, people with Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder often have more sensitive responses to sensory input. Our senses relay information to our brain- things we see, things we hear, things we taste- and our brainContinue reading “Sensory Overload and Autism”

Top 10 Gifts for Fine Motor Strengthening

Top 10 Fine Motor Strengthening Gifts for Kids Looking for kids gifts that also help with development? Here are 10 of the best fine motor toys that help develop hand and finger strength which is necessary for eating, dressing, writing, and playing! 1. Playdoh– A fun way to build fine motor strength. Roll it, pinch it, squeeze it, use cookie cutters or playdoh stamps to make imprints. 2. Pop Beads– Great for using both handsContinue reading “Top 10 Gifts for Fine Motor Strengthening”

Sensory Friendly Halloween Tips

Dressing head to toe in costume, going door to door and asking people for candy, lots of bright lights and spooky noises. It’s almost that time of year, fun for millions of kids who love to go to haunted, decorated houses and go trick-or-treating in their favorite superhero costume. However, for kids with Autism and sensory differences, Halloween can be experienced a lot differently and may not be so fun after all. For kids whoContinue reading “Sensory Friendly Halloween Tips”

Best Toys for Non-Verbal Autistic Children

Parents of children who have autism can face challenges throughout their parenting experience.  Children who have autism often communicate differently than children who do not, and in this post, we will be discussing non-verbal autism.   Non-verbal autism simply means that the autistic child does not speak.  It does not mean that they are unable to speak or that they cannot communicate, but instead that they may not have developed the verbal communication skills necessaryContinue reading “Best Toys for Non-Verbal Autistic Children”

Best Fidget Toys for Kids with ADHD

Everyone fidgets– you may bite your nails, play with your hair, click your pen, doodle on your paper, or bounce your leg.    “Fidgets” have become a common craze today in the world of our kids, but there is actually science behind why fidget tools help some kids focus.    Some children’s brains are seeking more input to stay at the “just right” arousal level.    For example, a child who is “seeking” input mayContinue reading “Best Fidget Toys for Kids with ADHD”

Where to Buy Toys for Autistic Children

Parents of children with autism are well aware of the importance of providing developmentally appropriate toys to their children that promote healthy sensory development.   There are lots of great resources on the web that cover which toys are best for children with autism and what specific aspects of healthy sensory motor development they can help (see our post How Does Sensory Play Help Child Development).     However, we thought it might be valuable toContinue reading “Where to Buy Toys for Autistic Children”

How Can Mindfulness Help Children with Anxiety?

The term “Mindfulness” has been something of a buzzword over the last twenty years or so, and for good reason.    There are clinical studies and peer reviewed data that back up the effectiveness of mindfulness practice on happiness, focus, and emotional regulation in human beings.     There are companies that have started to conduct optional mindfulness training for their employees at the workplace and many psychologists use mindfulness practice as a suggestion for theirContinue reading “How Can Mindfulness Help Children with Anxiety?”

How Does Sensory Play Help Child Development?

Children experience their world through the senses.  As living beings, we rely on our senses to navigate through different environments, tasks, and activities throughout the day.  The more we engage with our senses, the more we enrich our experiences.   The process of engaging in sensory stimulations is especially important for children because their brains are developing and taking in tons of information that will help them shape how they interact with their world.   Continue reading “How Does Sensory Play Help Child Development?”

5 Toys that will Improve Your Child’s Focus and Concentration

Ever have a hard time concentrating?   Even as adults we can have trouble keeping focused on necessary day-to-day tasks.  Especially in today’s world with our smartphones, notifications, and constant email and social media buzzing happening constantly. But I want to talk about your children.  Especially if your child has Autism, anxiety, or ADHD. Why is concentration an important skill for your child to have? The answer to this question seems obvious, but often in modernContinue reading “5 Toys that will Improve Your Child’s Focus and Concentration”