Special Needs

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Do Weighted Blankets Work for Adults?

Everything You Need to Know About Weighted Blankets for Adults

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP November 20, 2018 20 Comments

Do weighted blankets work for adults? We dive into what the research says and what kind of benefits an adult can expect from using a weighted blanket. We also take a look at what size weighted blanket you should get and how to choose the right one.
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weighted blankets for anxiety

Do Weighted Blankets Work for Anxiety? The Science Explored!

by Casey Ames November 13, 2018 27 Comments

Weighted blankets are useful for a large number of people, but how do they work for anxiety? We dive into the science to see if heavy blankets for anxiety can really help improve relaxation and a sense of calm. Also, learn how to choose the right size anxiety blanket for yourself.
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Guide to supplements for autism

The Ultimate Guide to Supplements for Autism

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L November 06, 2018 8 Comments

Vitamin supplements have proven to be beneficial for children with autism. By choosing specific supplements to address autistic symptoms, you can help your child better manage daily challenges. To learn more about supplements for autism, check out this article.
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The Go-To Guide for Encouraging Independence in Adults with Special Needs

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP October 28, 2018 1 Comment

When a person has special needs, a range of skills can be affected and limit their ability to be independent. Check out our article to learn more about how to encourage independent living skills for those with special needs, like autism. Adults with autism can grow to live on their own. Learn about it here.
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Autism Learning Tools for Home and School

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP August 07, 2018 1 Comment

Approaching your autistic child's learning by recognizing learning style and incorporating style-informed teaching tools can have a big impact on their abilities. In this article, learn the 3 different autism learning styles, and teaching tools that can help focus on each area.
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10 Tools for a Sensory Informed Classroom

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP July 26, 2018 1 Comment

Does your child go to a sensory informed classroom or are you a teacher looking to make your classroom more sensory friendly? Check out our list of sensory strategies as well our 10 favorite sensory tools for a classroom that is helpful to those with autism or sensory processing disorder.
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What You Need to Know About Autism and Sensory Issues

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP June 01, 2018 1 Comment

75% of children with autism have sensory processing disorder, which leads to a special blend of autistic sensory issues. Learn more about this dual diagnosis, as well as where to start learning about supporting sensory issues for those with autism.
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What is Autism Spectrum Disorder blog post

What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP April 04, 2018

Whatever your reason for wanting to inform yourself on what Autism Spectrum Disorder is, our article will provide you with the information you need to seek additional resources and be a more conscious citizen in your interactions with people on the autism spectrum.
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history of autism blog post

What is the History of Autism Spectrum Disorder?

by Casey Ames March 30, 2018 5 Comments

Autism Spectrum Disorder has actually been around much longer than you would expect. It's only been in the last couple decades where it has grown into the national spotlight. Learn about the history of autism, including the first case of autism, in our easy to follow article.
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Sensory Room Ideas blog post

13 Sensory Room Ideas for Home or the Classroom

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP February 21, 2018 8 Comments

A sensory room is a place designed to meet the unique sensory needs for kids with autism and SPD. It's easy to create a room at home or in school with these Top 10 Ideas!
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Occupational Therapy for Autism blog post

How does Occupational Therapy help kids with autism?

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L February 15, 2018 1 Comment

Children with autism and sensory processing difficulties often receive occupational therapy services as a way to help build skills in the areas needed to complete daily activities. Check out this article to find out exactly how OT can be beneficial.
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sensory processing disorder and sleep

What to Know about Sensory Processing Disorder and Sleep

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP January 17, 2018

For children with sensory processing disorder, sleep problems can further compound difficulties with self-regulation. Learn more about how certain factors cause sleeping issues for those with sensory processing disorder and strategies to help improve sleep.
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