Sensory Processing Disorder is one of the reasons we homeschool. My kids have struggled with having a sensory system that worked differently from birth. And those needs don’t magically go away at a certain age. Teens and adults can all have needs that require adjustments due to SPD.
Sensory processing disorder makes life harder for both kids and parents. As an occupational therapist with two sensory kids, I have some great advice to share on how to cope!
I became a mother after I became an occupational therapist, and my knowledge of sensory integration influenced my parenting from day one. Today, I’m going to share some of what I did with my babies when they were very small.
Do you know a child who was obsessed with letters as a toddler and learned to read well before age 5? That child that makes everyone else wonder why their 3 year old can’t read, too? While the assumption might be that the child is just gifted, there is another word for early reading, hyperlexia.
Have you been told that your child has executive function disorder but you don’t really understand what that means? Problems with executive function can occur in people with ADHD, autism, and other learning challenges and be very frustrating for parents and caregivers to understand.
There have been a lot of discussions lately about how we need to honor the neurodiverse brain. And how it just works differently. We are asked to let our children be neurodiverse without labeling their behavior as a problem. But some behaviors are problems. So how do we tell them apart and what do we do about them?
In my child psychology class in college, I was taught the value of time-outs for children. It was supposed to teach the child control and discipline, resulting in a well-behaved child. But they never seemed to deliver the promised results. Until I stumbled upon a new way to use time-outs.
There are two main reasons why therapy fails for most children. Both are things that can be addressed and corrected. Just because therapy is failing, doesn’t mean it is time to give up on it.
As adults, we talk about things being “balanced” a lot. We want balanced meals, work-life balance, etc. Balance is all about having just the right amount of something. For some, finding balance comes naturally. But for the person who is neurodiverse, this whole idea makes no sense. Here’s why.