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Sit-N-Spin Lazy Susan

While I can only handle spinning for about 1 or 2 seconds, so many children who I work with want to spin!! Their vestibular system is obviously different from mine, and I have learned to respect that difference. When I allow them to get the spinning that they need, it is a huge pay-off for me. Many of my children with ADHD and Autism learn so well while spinning or in between spinning. I have had many children improve their evaluation scores and be able to focus better on what I am saying just from allowing them to get the movement they need. Since we are in the process of opening up our new office, a sit-n-spin Lazy Susan is one of the first things I asked my very handy husband to make.

 

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Who Have Children with Behavior that is Hard to Manage:

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Following up from my last post, I wanted to talk more about how to Help a Child who is having a Behavior that is disruptive to his/her learning or participating in society. I have attached a great OT article about WHAT TO DO for a child who has a Sensory Processing Disorder. Learning from OTs over the years has really helped me be able to successfully teach children with sensory processing disorders learn difficult speech and language tasks. These tips have also helped many parents at home.

http://therapystreetforkids.com/Sensory2.html

 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sensory Processing Difficulty or "Bad" Behavior?

“Bad” Behavior or something else?

 

One of the things I don’t like to hear, is people talking about a child’s “BAD BEHAVIOR.”

So often the children I see are fun, interesting, and adorable, with bodies that aren’t good at sensory processing or attending. The children I have in mind are often impulsive, jumpers, climbers, can’t sit still, have difficulty attending or following directions, but aren’t “bad” kids.

 

They often get in trouble for their “bad behavior,” rather than being provided with the sensory input they need or given the appropriate environment in order to behave in a manner that is socially acceptable.

Many parents, teachers, and caregivers haven’t been taught about sensory processing or attention strategies, and do not know how to help their child’s body to behave, so it is hard for them to help, and they are frustrated and upset, along with their child.

I will follow up with some tips tomorrow.

Vanessa Zimmer-Powell, MA CCC-SLP, The Learning Sphere

P. S. Here’s an article that provides some useful information about Sensory Processing:

 

Resources and Articles for Parents of Children Who are Picky Eaters:

I’m always thinking about resources for parents  of  PICKY EATERS! Here’s a great site about Toddlers and Nutrition. It’s “normal” to be a toddler and to be a Picky Eater. Read their articles on “Feeding and Nutrition” to find out what to do with your picky eater.
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