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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 5 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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What is Vestibular Input and What Therapy Helps?

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP June 06, 2019 1 Comment

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

10 Awesome Bedroom Ideas for Kids with Autism

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP June 06, 2019 8 Comments

Well-designed bedrooms for children with autism appeal to functionality, meet sensory needs, provide safety reassurance, and promote independence. We've put together 10 awesome bedroom ideas to make the most out of their bedroom space.
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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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What is Weighted Blanket Therapy?

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP June 06, 2019 2 Comments

Could a weighted therapy blanket benefit you? We look into what exactly a therapy blanket is, what the science is behind them, who they benefit, and how to properly use them. If you want to learn about weighted blanket therapy, this article will cover all you need to know.
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Our 10 Favorite Occupational Therapy Activities

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L June 06, 2019 5 Comments

Occupational therapists come up with fun and skill developing activities that not only work during therapy but that parents can take home with them to try. Check out our list of our favorite therapy activities for home or school.
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What are the benefits of a weighted blanket for Autism?

by Casey Ames June 06, 2019 6 Comments

Weighted blankets work well for a number of disorders, but what are the benefits specifically for those with autism? Learn what the science says about using weighted blankets for those with autism.
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10 Therapeutic Activities for Children with Autism

by Dr. Cara Koscinski, OTD, MOT, OTR/L May 31, 2019 17 Comments

Check out our list of our expert's favorite therapeutic activities for autistic children. These are easy activities and toys that are easy to begin working into your child's life and can be very affordable to begin!
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The Ultimate Guide to Deep Pressure Therapy

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP May 25, 2019 9 Comments

What is deep pressure therapy (or deep touch pressure) and can it help autism and anxiety for adults and children? See what the science says, as well as how to best get the benefits in your life. We cover everything from deep pressure therapy dogs to deep pressure products.
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