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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 2 Comments

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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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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