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5 Best Teaching Strategies for Autism

The 5 Best Teaching Strategies for Autism

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L November 05, 2019 4 Comments

Children with autism have unique learning needs. It's important to be aware of these so that teaching strategies can be adapted and be most effective. In this article, we'll explain the most common challenges and best strategies to help teach kids with autism.
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Zinc and Autism: What's the Connection?

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP October 10, 2019 2 Comments

Autism rates continue to increase and potential treatments to help improve autistic symptoms are continually studied. Research shows that zinc can play an important role in helping reduce autistic behaviors. Learn about the studies that support the supplementation of zinc for individuals with autism.
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The Ultimate List of Sensory Products for Adults

by Dr. Cara Koscinski, OTD, MOT, OTR/L August 02, 2019 7 Comments

Do certain sensory inputs cause you stress or anxiety? This is more common than one would think in adults. We dive into why sensory toys may help, then give you the ultimate list of sensory tools, items and products to help create a more sensory friendly environment for more relaxation and less stress
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What are The Benefits of Sleeping with a Weighted Blanket?

by Casey Ames June 24, 2019 19 Comments

While weighted blankets offer many benefits, the one most people are looking to get is to improve sleep, particularly insomnia and restless leg syndrome. We look at the science behind weighted blankets and what you need to know when it comes to purchasing one.
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Can Gut Bacteria Affect Symptoms of Autism?

Can Gut Bacteria Affect Symptoms of Autism?

by Casey Ames June 11, 2019 10 Comments

The Autism Gut Bacteria Theory actually has a lot of research behind it. In this article, we take a look at how autism, leaky gut, and overall gut health can actually affect autistic symptoms. Learn actionable tips to fix help your child's microbiome.
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10 Awesome Body Sock Activities

10 AWESOME Sensory Body Sock Activities

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP June 06, 2019

Body Socks are a sensory tool that provides proprioceptive and deep pressure input. They also offer opportunities for fun and relaxation. Learn all about the benefits of a body sock and check out our list of 10 body sock activities to add to your child's sensory diet!
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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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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 1 Comment

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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