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Special Needs

Want to learn more about special needs? Check out our articles written by experts and get actionable information about autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, sensory processing disorder and more! You can also receive a weekly email digest of our blog. Sign up at the form below!

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Can a Baby Safely Use a Weighted Blanket?

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP June 06, 2019

Sleepless nights may be prompting you to research weighted blanket options for your baby. Is a weighted blanket safe, and if not, what else can you do?
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How to Wash a Weighted Blanket

How to Wash a Weighted Blanket

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP June 06, 2019

When purchasing a weighted blanket, it is important to consider the construction and design that will affect washability. How you wash your weighted blanket depends on how it's made!
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10 Tips To Help Calm Anxiety in Kids with Autism

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP June 06, 2019 3 Comments

Kids with autism often experience anxiety due to sensory overload and an inability to self-regulate. In this article we share the top 10 tips to help prevent and manage anxiety in kids with autism.
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What is Sensory Defensiveness Disorder?

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP June 06, 2019

Sensory defensiveness disorder is a term used to describe an "over-responsiveness" to sensory input by those who struggle with SPD. Reactions to sensory input can be mild to severe but there are ways to help. Learn the signs of sensory defensiveness and our 2 recommended strategies to alleviate the issues.
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What's the difference between a compression vest and weighted vest for special needs?

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP June 06, 2019

Compression vests and weighted vests both offer much needed sensory support. But how are they different and which one might work better for your child? Learn exactly what they are, what the science is behind weighted and compression vests, and how to choose the right one!
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How Can Sensory Headphones Help Your Child with Autism?

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP June 06, 2019 4 Comments

For people with autism, sensory processing dysfunction can manifest in sensory aversions, including sensitivity to loud noises. Sensory headphones can help children with autism by reducing overstimulation from loud, unexpected noises and crowded spaces, therefore preventing agitation.
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Sensory Lighting - What Helps and What Doesn’t

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP June 06, 2019

Your world is affected by the light sources around you. Lighting impacts learning, mood, and perception. Learn more about why the type of lighting you choose is important, as well as what sensory lighting accommodations we recommend.
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What is Vestibular Input and What Therapy Helps?

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP June 06, 2019

Learn how to help activate your child's vestibular system with activities that provide vestibular input in order to meet your child’s individual sensory profile. We cover what vestibular input is, why it's important, and some vestibular activities and products that can help with your child today.
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Occupational Therapy Equipment, Tools, and Supplies For Therapy and Classrooms

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP June 06, 2019

Whether you are setting up a classroom to be more sensory friendly, starting an occupational therapy business, or simply want to know more about therapy equipment, this article will walk you through different types of products to get to make sure you have all the bases covered.
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10 Awesome Bedroom Ideas for Kids with Autism

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP June 06, 2019 6 Comments

10 bedroom ideas for children with autism appeal to functionality, meet sensory needs, provide safety reassurance, and promote independence.
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What are the Benefits of Weighted Lap Pads?

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP June 06, 2019

A sensory weighted lap pad is a discreet and functional sensory tool, for both kids and adults, to help with self-regulation. They have become a popular tool for classrooms, as well as families on the go. Learn what the science behind them says about their benefits.
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10 Best Sensory Products for Kids with Autism

The 10 Best Sensory Products for Kids with Autism

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP June 06, 2019 4 Comments

When it comes to shopping for a child with autism, it can sometimes be hard to know what they want. However, if you can combine a sensory product with something your child enjoys doing, you get the double benefit of positive sensory input, as well as fun for your child! Learn our favorite autism sensory products here
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