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Activities for Sensory Seekers

Sensory Seekers Children who are considered “sensory seekers” are those who have a higher neurological threshold for sensory input. They seek more sensory input in order to feel “normal” and regulated. Given the sensory cup example from the amazing OT Butterfly, the sensory seeking child has a very large sensory cup and they need more sensory input to fill that cup.  Signs of a Sensory Seeker Here are some signs your child may be a sensoryContinue reading “Activities for Sensory Seekers”

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”

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”

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”

How to Create the Perfect At-Home Calm Down Corner for your Child

As we get older and experience more in life, we learn to deal with “big” emotions and the “heavy” feelings that come along with those experiences.     Children, however, are not yet equipped to managing strong emotions, which can lead them to have temper tantrums or melt-downs.     For children who have ASD, tantrums, and melt-downs can be even more severe.   It is ideal for parents and caregivers to have the ideal environment setContinue reading “How to Create the Perfect At-Home Calm Down Corner for your Child”

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”