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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”

5 Reasons Why Sensory Play Is So Important

Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates a young child’s senses of touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing, as well as anything which engages movement and balance. (goodstart.org)   Children need to engage in activities that stimulate the senses in order to make sense of their world and to develop the necessary skills to function in society.   In this blog post, we will cover 5 reasons why sensory play is important for your child,Continue reading “5 Reasons Why Sensory Play Is So Important”

5 Tips to Help Your Autistic Child Learn & Succeed

I’d like to begin this post with a metaphor. Imagine that you are looking for something in your garage, but the lights are not working so you make sure you bring your flashlight with you into the dark space so you can find what you are looking for. You open the door to the garage and turn your flashlight on and point it in the area where you think the object you are looking forContinue reading “5 Tips to Help Your Autistic Child Learn & Succeed”

10 Sensory Activities for Children with Autism That You Can Do At Home

It’s no secret that sensory play is healthy for children and needed for optimum development. Though all children should be getting the appropriate amount of sensory stimulation, it is even more vital for children with autism because these children often have developmental challenges with sensory motor skills, regulating emotions, and problem-solving.   The COVID-19 vaccines have launched and hopefully, we will slowly be opening back up and take our children out and about for playContinue reading “10 Sensory Activities for Children with Autism That You Can Do At Home”

Why Sensory Play is So Important for Children with ASD

As human beings, we experience our world through our senses.  We use taste to appreciate an incredible meal, touch to experiences the joy of petting a dog or cat, we may take in the sights and sounds of theater, or a movie….and we stop to smell the roses!   For children, sensory play and sensory stimulation are important for development.  It is even more important for children with Autism because motor skill development can beContinue reading “Why Sensory Play is So Important for Children with ASD”