The Sensory Spectrum

For SPD Kiddos and Their Parents

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The Importance of Swimming

The Sensory Spectrum’s discussion boards have been lighting up about swimming. From our sensory kids having trouble to being in bathing suits to just them getting in the water. But swimming skills are really important.

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Sleep Issues: Diagnosing the Wrong Deficit

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My son has sensory issues. No doubt about it. But when he doesn’t get enough sleep, it becomes that much worse. When we was younger, we didn’t realize he was having sleep problems. Vman had enlarged adenoids that was causing him to wake up throughout the night. Ultimately, he wasn’t getting good sleep, which was making his fits that much worse by the end of the day. Continue reading

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More Behavior Solutions In and Beyond the Inclusive Classroom

Book: More Behavior Solutions In and Beyond the Inclusive Classroom: A Handy Reference Guide that Explains Behaviors Associated with Autism, Asperger’s, … Processing Disorder, and other Special Needs

Amazon Description: Now more than ever, states are mandating that children with special needs be included in the general education classroom. As a result, all educational professionals, from teachers to administrators, need specific training on how to handle unusual behaviors.

This book builds on the success of the first one by expanding the focus from within the classroom to all areas of the school environment—in the hallways, cafeteria, and auditorium, on the playground, and in therapy sessions during the school day. See a particular behavior? Look it up! Continue reading


Understanding Your Child’s Sensory Signals: A Practical Daily Use Handbook for Parents and Teachers

Book: Understanding Your Child‘s Sensory Signals: A Practical Daily Use Handbook for Parents and Teachers

Amazon Description: A practical, daily application handbook for parents, teachers, and caregivers to help understand sensory signals versus behavior and how you can help! This user friendly “go to” handbook is geared for daily use and as a quick sensory reference guide. Enjoy the simple, organized format to give you the essential and useful information for over 110 sensory signals. The handbook provides simple every day sensory strategies and techniques to help ALL children; including SPD, autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, APD, and developmental disabilities. This handbook provides guidance and understanding as to why children do what they do in regards to unique sensory processing differences and needs. Continue reading

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Hearing a Voice in the Crowd

Do you ever feel like your child isn’t listening to you? They may be ignoring you. However, kids with auditory sensory challenges can have a really hard time focusing in on sounds in busy or crowded places. This interesting article touches on how our brain is able to focus in on one person’s voice even though we may be surrounded by a lot of noise and chattering people. So try to imagine how your child might feel if they can’t pick out a voice out of the crowd.

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Disconnected Kids

Book: Disconnected Kids: The Groundbreaking Brain Balance Program for Children with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Neurological Disorders

Amazon Description: Each year, an estimated 1.5 million children-one out of every six-are diagnosed with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Dr. Robert Melillo brings a fundamentally new understanding to the cause of these conditions with his revolutionary Brain Balance Program(tm). It has achieved real, fully documented results that have dramatically improved the quality of life for children and their families in every aspect: behavioral, emotional, academic, and social. Disconnected Kids shows parents how to use this drug-free approach at home Continue reading

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Sensory Processing Disorder: Tactile Dysfunction

Many kids are thrilled about the amount of snow some of us have gotten recently. However, for children with tactile dysfunction, the idea of heavy boots, bulky snowpants and jackets, and hats/mittens are enough to create a meltdown. So what exactly is tactile dysfunction?

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Hatred of Sound? A Teenager Asks

So many children have not been properly treated for their sensory issues when they were little. So they are left to address these issues on their own. Here is a teenager that, although he is having problems, doesn’t talk to his parents about it… which is probably not an isolated issue. Parents, if you have older kids, think about what they may be experiencing.


English: Teenagers in the Netherlands.

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