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How to Use Sensory Tools to Calm and Focus Autistic Children

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Sensory tools can help focus and calm any child but more specifically a child with autism. Some of the sensory tools I have found success within my classroom are: Pea Pod Swings Body Sock Weighted/Compression Vests Pea Pod   One of the easiest tools to introduce to a child without …

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Autism in School: How Do Sensory Issues Affect the Classroom?

Autistic children may face many challenges learning in a classroom full of peers. Beyond problems that arise due to deficits in Executive Functioning (disorganization, forgetfulness, punctuality, etc.), weak central coherence (hyper-focusing on details), and Theory of Mind (difficulty understand other’s intentions), children with autism often have unique sensory needs. The …

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Symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in Autistic Adults – Part III: Additional Difficulties

In the first two parts of this three part article series describing the symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) as it appears in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders both hyper-reactivity and hypo-reactivity to sensory stimuli was discussed. So prevalent are these symptoms of SPD in those with Autism Spectrum Disorders …

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Symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in Autistic Adults – Part II: Hypo-Reactivity

In part one of this series hyper-reactivity or over-stimulation of sensory stimuli is described as it appears in many adults with autism. Although hyper-sensitivities are very common in autism, hypo-sensitivities to sensory stimuli can be just as prevalent. Hypo-reactivity exists when the sensory system is under-stimulated by external stimuli, and …

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Symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in Autistic Adults – Part I: Hyper-Reactivity

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is commonly found among those with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Like Autism, SPD is a neurological disorder which affects the way the brain processes sensory stimuli, such as sights, sounds, taste, touch, and smells. Difficulties can be with general sensory modulation or by being over or under …

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Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in Autism

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is extremely common in those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In fact, those with Autism commonly struggle with all kinds of sensory processing issues. SPD can be diagnosed without having an Autism Spectrum Disorder; however, those with Autism almost always struggle with SPD. What Is Sensory …

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Clumsiness Associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders—Poor Proprioception

Why do some children and adults with Autism have difficulty keeping their feet underneath them, or applying the correct amount of pressure when lifting an object? Why do they seem to walk into a room like an elephant in a china shop, or send the milk container flying across the …

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Is Your Asperger’s Child Struggling with Personal Hygiene? Sensory Issues Could Be to Blame.

Does your autistic or Asperger’s child fight you when you want him/her to shower, or change their clothing? Do they avoid brushing their teeth unless forced to? Is a trip to the barber shop for a haircut a struggle? They may be experiencing sensory difficulties associated with these everyday tasks. …

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Autism in School: How Do Sensory Issues Affect the Classroom?

Autistic children may face many challenges learning in a classroom full of peers. Beyond problems that arise due to deficits in Executive Functioning (disorganization, forgetfulness, punctuality, etc.), weak central coherence (hyper-focusing on details), and Theory of Mind (difficulty understand other’s intentions), children with autism often have unique sensory needs. The …

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When the Hot Water Just Isn’t Hot Enough

Ever have one of those days? When you are so out of sorts that even your super sensitiveness shuts down on you.  You go from being hyper-sensitive, to being hypo-sensitive—today has been one of those days. Hubby has been home for hours, and I am only now relaxed enough to …

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