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Do Weighted Blankets Work for ADHD?

by Casey Ames January 31, 2019 4 Comments

Weighted blankets can offer a number of benefits for those with ADHD. Not only can they improve classroom performance, but also sleep, anxiety, and relaxation. We take a look at the science behind weighted blankets, as well as how to choose the right size.
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Arts and Crafts Projects to Build Skills for Kids with Autism

by Alescia Ford MS OTR/L, ATP January 30, 2019 2 Comments

Turn fun arts and crafts activities into skill-building opportunities. Check out these ideas for creative sensory projects ideal for kids with autism to help build skills, put together by an expert OT. These activities are easy to do at home while helping encourage healthy development.
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2020 Autism Statistics: New Recent Study Shows Increase

by Shea Brogren, MOT, OTR/L January 28, 2019 7 Comments

A new study shows that the rates of autism are dramatically increasing. Learn more about the study, the most recent autism statistics and other important findings from the new research, in our article written by an OT.
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How to Improve Your Child's Waste Removal System to Improve Autistic Symptoms

How to Improve Your Child's "Waste Removal System" to Improve their Autistic Symptoms

by Casey Ames December 13, 2018 6 Comments

Glutathione can help improve your child's autistic symptoms. However, you can't supplement directly with glutathione. Learn exactly how to help your child's "waste removal system" by indirectly supplementing with glutathione in this article.
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How to Travel Stress-Free When Your Child Has Autism

by Alescia Ford MS OTR/L, ATP December 12, 2018

Are you planning to travel and have a child with autism? Sensory-informed planning is one of the keys to reducing travel stress. Find out how to do this and follow our other helpful tips and resources to make things easier for both parent and child!
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What is Sensory Overload Anxiety and How does it Relate to ADHD?

by Alescia Ford MS OTR/L, ATP December 06, 2018 3 Comments

Sensory overload, or sensory overload anxiety, is common in individuals with ADHD, anxiety, and sensory processing disorder. Learn what causes sensory overload in adults as well as children and 3 strategies for how to deal with sensory overload
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Do Weighted Blankets Work for Adults?

Everything You Need to Know About Weighted Blankets for Adults

by Alescia Ford 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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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 13 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 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 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 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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