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Breakthrough Study Reveals Biological Basis for Sensory Processing Disorders in Kids
Sensory processing disorders (SPD) are more prevalent in children than autism and as common as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, yet the condition receives far less attention partly because it’s never been recognized as a distinct disease.
In a groundbreaking new study from UC San Francisco, researchers have found that children affected with SPD have quantifiable differences in brain structure, for the first time showing a biological basis for the disease that sets it apart from other neurodevelopmental disorders.
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Early Research Findings Show Value of Treatment for Sensory Processing Disorder
The Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Foundation has just released preliminary results documenting the effectiveness of the STAR treatment model for children with SPD, showing the value of treatment for Sensory Processing Disorder. Significant improvement were reported in adaptive behavior and emotional functioning after intensive, short-term occupational therapy. Read more here
How Can You Help Your Child Process All the Sensations They May Experience Over the Holidays?
By: Erin Anderson OTR/L
As adults we realize how fun and yet stressful the impending holiday season can be. Over time we have developed strategies to make it a more enjoyable time and to find ways to decrease our stress in order to increase the fun the holidays can offer. We may schedule to take a quick walk on a lunch break, or treat ourselves to an extra coffee or maybe get up a little earlier to enjoy quiet time in the morning. Our kids unfortunately are not always able to come up with strategies or have the resources to implement them.
Read more of Erin’s article here.
Choice and Consequences
When Erin Anderson, OTR/L, works with a child who has trouble sitting still or acts out at home or in school, she often pulls out an interactive card game called Let’s Choose. The game makes learning social skills fun, she says. Read more…
Kids Visual Schedules and Bedtime Routines
A simple way to a simpler day! Begin each morning with your child as you share together in setting a plan for the day. A Kid’s Day provides the answer to “What are we going to do next?” Read more…
Why being bored isn’t so bad – plus 100 things to do in Chicago
This summer, Chicago area parents can sign their kids up for literally thousands of camps, classes and activities. But should they? Read more…
Learn how to look for developmental milestones and what to do if you’re worried about your child’s development or think there’s a problem. Read more…
Where to find great apps for kids
There are so many great apps being developed to help kids, but “as is the case with so many categories of apps, it’s daunting to know where to begin when sorting through the thousands of programs available.” This article links to several sites that have taken on the challenge of testing and reviewing those thousands of apps. One of the sites also offers a list of potential funding sources for families in need of iPads or other tablets for their kids. Read more…
Minding Your Child’s Manners
When things like communication problems and sensory issues and developmental delays make age-appropriate politeness a challenge, it’s sometimes best to model correct etiquette, target a few easy skills, and praise whatever level of mannerliness they’re capable of. But try telling that to your mother. Read more…
The Lekotek mission is to make the world of play accessible to all children, especially those who have disabilities or special needs. Lekotek’s focus is to encourage play and the utilization of toys to bring joy, happiness and FUN to the entire family.
One aspect of interest is the Project of the National Lekotek Center that provides research, ratings & reviews on current toys for children with special needs. The AblePlay site is constantly being updated with new products and can be used a resource by caregivers and professionals alike at www.ableplay.org.