This page focuses on SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) and tips for navigating your world. As a behavioral therapist, I help families find peace and joy in daily life, and I help them manage the struggles of sensory issues with a caring and understanding attitude.
Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder may seem daunting. It may be easier to understand what it is not and the different types of sensory processing difficulties your child may have
New material to come: a work in progress
Meltdowns vs. Tantrums- understanding your child's sensory issue needs and breaking point may be the 1st step to success. Training other's may be your hardest step
What makes good sensory toys? Christian shows everyone how to make sensory bags and what toys he likes the best. Christian has other videos on new toys he can use for school and home.
How do we teach your child social skills in everyday settings? What happens when they do not realize what they have done? Social skills are hard- what is socially acceptable in school, community, and home?
I have an avoidance of taste and food, but I am a sensory seeker! Just watch any of my videos, and you can see I love to explore.
More on sensory processing and types to come with what three criteria it takes for sensory processing disorder.
What is working memory? How do I help my child cope? Is working memory different than short-term memory? What other problems can my child have at school with low working memory?
Understanding a sensory diet can be daunting; when we 1st started, we had no idea what we were doing, but his O.T. helped us with activities for home.
What does SPD look like in my child?
This is a snipit of what Christan struggles with and and a quick overview. You can see more by clicking on the link
A checklist of sensory issues symptoms that may indicate SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder): sensitivity to sound, either craves touch or avoids touch, likes bright colors & stimulation, poor motor skills, impaired language skills, immature social skills, food preferences, meltdowns, clothing preferences, needs consistent routine.
A few things that may cause meltdowns include overstimulation, sensory overload, new routine, new foods, emotional overload, social expectations, exercise, questions or talking at the child, unrealistic expectations, unfamiliar people or situations, tiredness, lack of exercise. Your child may have different triggers for meltdowns. Tracking meltdowns, journaling behaviors, and recording conditions can help to navigate your days- meltdown-free.
Sensory bags or boxes, weighted blankets, yoga balls, large boxes to hid in, climbing toys, chewable jewelry, crash pad, sand, water, or compression clothes. This is is not exhaustive and is only a suggestion. Your behavioral therapist or O.T can help with a sensory diet, which will allow your child to receive the sensory input they need and build on the areas they struggle with.
Files coming soon.
Pud: a kid with a sensory processing disorder. SPD is not ASD- some overlapping may happen, and people may ask," What is wrong with your kid" SPD is a proper diagnosis, however not a school diagnosis, and may have comorbidity- ADHD, ANXIETY, or ASD
Fear of bullies- Trauma from being bullied can last a lifetime.
Using games for homeschool fun. Increasing memory, working memory, and focus while playing new and old games
Part of our vacation in Nashville with my great grandparents