Sensory Processing

Happy Sensory Processing Awareness Month! Sensory processing is a very complex topic (and one of my favorites!). The brain receives input from the different senses and turns this input into a motor or behavioral response. For those with sensory processing differences, the information goes into the brain, but doesn’t get organized appropriately. Think of the brain like a file cabinet. Sensory input comes in as what we see, hear, touch, taste, smell, and when weContinue reading “Sensory Processing”

Fidget Tools for Focus

Everyone fidgets– you may bite your nails, play with your hair, 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” sensory input may be constantly moving, wiggling, touchingContinue reading “Fidget Tools for Focus”

Picky Eater? Strategies to Help with Mealtime

Would you describe your child as a picky eater? Is every meal a struggle no matter what foods you put on their plate? Do the grapes have to be red, the crackers round, the crust cut off the bread, and the nuggets only from McDonald’s? This is a fairly common, very tricky issue with some children that takes a lot of repetition and a lot of patience. Good nutrition is critical for children’s brain andContinue reading “Picky Eater? Strategies to Help with Mealtime”

Tactile Sensitivities

Does your child struggle with getting dressed each morning? Do you have difficulty getting out the door while your child is crying in the middle of his/her room in only a diaper or undies? Does he/she cry, fight, and push away when you’re trying to put on their shirt, pants, socks, and shoes? Will he/she only wear long sleeve, spandex shirts that you’ve made sure to cut every tag out of? Tactile sensitivities may playContinue reading “Tactile Sensitivities”