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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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What are the Benefits of a Sensory Brush or The Wilbarger Brushing Protocol?

by Molly Shaw Wilson MS OTR/L BCP January 03, 2018 11 Comments

A sensory brush is used as part of the Wilbarger brushing protocol and can be part of a sensory diet to help improve self-regulation for those with SPD. Learn exactly what the benefits are, as well as the Wilbarger brushing protocol instructions.
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Could Oral Sensory Toys Help Your Child?

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP January 03, 2018 5 Comments

If your child sucks, chews, or bites on clothing, hair, and fingers, sensory toys may help by adding an oral sensory tool may help by promoting self-regulation. 75% of children with autism have some form of sensory processing disorder. See if your child could benefit from a oral sensory toy.
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Could a Sensory Wiggle Seat Help Your Child Focus?

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP December 14, 2017

Sensory wiggle seats are great sensory tools to help your child stay focused by allowing for subtle movements and adjustments while sitting. They can help for ADHD, Autism, or Sensory Processing Disorder! Active seating is becoming more and more popular in classrooms. Find out why here!
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Our 10 Favorite Sensory Seeking Activities for Children

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP November 01, 2017 5 Comments

If your child is a "sensory seeker", consider adding these 10 sensory activities to your child's sensory diet to help promote regulation throughout the day.
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Could Sensory Friendly Clothes Help Your Child?

by Jessica Hill, COTA/L & Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC October 18, 2017

Children with sensory processing disorder (SPD) often struggle with sensory defensiveness, which is low tolerance to sensory stimuli. Because of this, sometimes they don't like normal clothing. Learn how sensory clothing can help your child feel more comfortable!
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What You Need to Know About Autism and Sleep

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP October 04, 2017 1 Comment

80% of children with autism have sleep problems. Our guide gives an overview of autism sleep issues, as well as the 11 best tips for how to get an autistic child to sleep.
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How to Make Sensory Breaks Work in the Classroom

by Alescia Ford-Lanza MS OTR/L, ATP August 16, 2017

Working sensory breaks in at school helps provide children with supports throughout the school environment that promote regulation, focus, and engagement. Learn how to schedule them, plus learn our favorite sensory seeking activities.
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Autism & the Ketogenic Diet

Autism and the Ketogenic Diet - Why it can Affect Autistic Symptoms

by Casey Ames December 23, 2016

The Ketogenic Diet is high in fat, low in carbs, and moderate in protein. Learn more about how the ketogenic diet could help those with autism and how to make the transition.
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Is There Really a Link Between Autism and Screen Time?

by Casey Ames December 23, 2016 10 Comments

Are you worried that television and video games may have caused your child's autism or could be making it worse? In this article we will take a look at what the science says about it and help you understand the connection between screen time and autism.
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Why Does the Paleo Diet Work for Autism?

Why does the Paleo Diet work for Autism?

by Casey Ames December 21, 2016 3 Comments

If your child has autism, changing their diet could actually have a big effect on their behavior. Learn about what exactly the paleo diet is, and how it could possibly help those with autism spectrum disorder.
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