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  • best-fidget-toys-for-kids-with-adhd
    Lindsey wood
    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 may be constantly moving, wiggling, touching others,
  • where-to-buy-toys-for-autistic-children
    Lindsey wood
    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 to talk about where you
  • how-can-mindfulness-help-children-with-anxiety
    Lindsey wood
    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 their patients to treat conditions
  • how-does-sensory-play-help-child-development
    Lindsey wood
    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.  Even more so, this
  • 5-toys-that-will-improve-your-childs-focus-and-concentration
    Lindsey wood
    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 had 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 modern society, our
  • Lindsey wood
    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, especially for children that
  • tips-to-help-your-autistic-child-learn-and-succeed
    Lindsey wood
    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 for is located. All
  • Lindsey wood
    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 set up for children who may need
  • 10 sensory activities for children with autism that you can do at home
    Lindsey wood
    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 play and stimulation,
  • Why sensory play is so important for children with asd
    Lindsey wood
    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 be

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