Older Blogs

  • Food and Sensory Processing Disorder

    Getting a child to eat a well rounded diet can be difficult and if there is an additional sensory component, it can be down right challenging. A child with sensory processing disorder that struggles with food usually presents as a texture preference and/or avoidance. They may prefer or avoid sticky, crunchy, slimy, chewy, mealy, etc.… Read More »Food and Sensory Processing Disorder

  • 7 Sensory Diet Exercises Inspired by the Olympics

    Get inspired! The Summer Olympics are here and it’s a great opportunity to be inspired and get creative with your daily sensory diet exercises. Sports are a fantastic way to add sensory input into your child’s daily routine. The variety of events at the Olympic Games gives lots of opportunities to get creative with our… Read More »7 Sensory Diet Exercises Inspired by the Olympics

  • Clumsy or Sensory Processing Disorder?

    “Is my child clumsy or is it something more?” Parents often ask this because all children are learning how to use their bodies effectively and fall, bump and bruise. But some just seem to be more prone to accidents and crashes. If this is the case, I start looking for other signs of Sensory Processing… Read More »Clumsy or Sensory Processing Disorder?

  • Fireworks, Fun, and Sensory Meltdowns

    The Fourth of July is a time of fun, celebration, and FIREWORKS. But, for those with sensory processing disorder (SPD) or for parents of a child with SPD, it can be very distressing. A child with SPD may have difficulties processing sensory input. They may become overwhelmed with loud noises, crowds, surprises, unexpected touch, or… Read More »Fireworks, Fun, and Sensory Meltdowns

  • Auditory Processing for SPD—Making Meaning Out of Sound

    Auditory processing is more than making meaning out of sound. It is an important part of how we interact with the world. Hearing and responding to a car approach or someone calling can be essential to safety, not to mention peace in a household. Sensory processing for this system is not just using our ears.… Read More »Auditory Processing for SPD—Making Meaning Out of Sound

  • Best Sensory Diet Equipment

    I find that the most successful sensory diet is a simple sensory diet: one you can perform anywhere without fancy equipment. Simple sensory diets are more apt to be performed consistently, and consistency is key to improving sensory processing.  This is why I co-created Sensory Sid Activity Cards. We wanted to give families a tool… Read More »Best Sensory Diet Equipment

  • “That Stinks!” Smell and Sensory Processing Disorder

    If you have a smell sensitive child, you know the cringing feeling of trotting past the butcher section in the store. You have probably experienced your child plugging their nose with a scrunched up face while spouting a few less than desirable comments that always seem to come out right when someone walks past. The… Read More »“That Stinks!” Smell and Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in Adults

    What happens when sensory processing disorder is left untreated in a child? Does that child grow out of their sensory seeking or avoiding behaviors? Are adults affected by SPD? How do sensory difficulties present for an adult? Can adults be treated for Sensory Processing  Disorder? Perhaps you know an adult who you suspect has sensory… Read More »Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in Adults

  • A Sensory Processing Disorder Success Story

    As a therapist, sometimes we stumble in to success for Sensory Processing Disorder. What matters is, can you repeat it? Can you help parents and kids do it too? How about helping people you never even meet find that success in sensory processing as well? The problem It first came to my attention how much… Read More »A Sensory Processing Disorder Success Story

  • Sensory Processing Disorder Checklist

    Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) affects people differently. Some people can be seekers and some can be avoiders of input.  Because of this, you may notice opposite statements within the same category in the checklist below. For example, a seeker of tactile input and an avoider of tactile input will present differently though both are affected… Read More »Sensory Processing Disorder Checklist