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How to use a weighted lap pad at school
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School can be a very stressful, loud and unpredictable place for kids that have difficulty processing stimuli. As parents it's scary sending our child to school, especially if they don't have a positive view of going! Believe it or not, something as simple as a weighted lap pad can help. Let me explain why and how you can use it. Why a Weighted Lap Pad Can Help: The weight from a weighted lap pad or blanket helps to regulate the proprioceptive system. The proprioceptive system is located in our muscles and joints. It provides us with a sense of body awareness...
Colors and Patterns for Kids with Autism and Sensory Processing Disorders
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Kids with ASD or SPD have preferences to colors and patterns just like a typical child. As a therapist, getting to know what each client loves is one of my favorite things....and believe me I've heard some pretty funny ones (Jason, Freddy Krueger, clowns, basically any horror film :/ ) Perseveration may accompany an atypical child's preference to colors or patterns. We understand that! That's why we have a variety of patterns, colors and textures to help satisfy these needs. Don't see what you want? Just shoot us an email and we'd be glad to help find that perfect pattern. We...
How to make a weighted blanket
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Before you get started with the construction of your weighted blanket, here a few things to consider:
Does your child suffer from a Social Anxiety Disorder?
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There are many labels for what we deem as "different" in our society. In my opinion, Autism is the most overused. I can't tell you how many people assume a child is Autistic because they are anxious or tune out around crowds. So how do you know when to be alarmed and when to let it ride out? People with social anxiety disorder (sometimes called “social phobia”) have a marked fear of social or performance situations in which they expect to feel embarrassed, judged, rejected, or fearful of offending others. Social anxiety disorder symptoms include: Feeling highly anxious about being...