The Difference Between Sensory Play and Ayres Sensory Integration Therapy

Ayres Sensory Integration therapy vs sensory play – what's the difference?

Often these two terms are used mistakenly and in some confusion so hopefully this article will help clear up and explain how different they really are. 

People often assume that by using equipment intended to...

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Saying 'Sorry' parenting

‘Sorry’ is probably one of the first words we teach our toddlers…but have we ever really stopped to consider what this word means, both to us and our children?  Is it helpful? What are they learning about relationships from this word? Is ‘sorry’ a helpful...

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Visual Timetables life events parenting self-care sensory

Oh how I wish I had known about visual timetables when our children first arrived!  Then, they were just a rather technical phrase for something used by therapists and social workers for non-verbal children on the autistic spectrum…surely not relevant to us?  So we struggled on...

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What’s that smell? Using the olfactory sense in parenting children. parenting sensory

“Mum, why do you smell of Mark and Jenny?” demanded my 7-year-old as I stood, bleary eyed, just awake, outside his bedroom at 6.30am.  

“Eh? What?” 

“You smell of them Mum…why?”

I had sat and chatted with our friends the previous evening...

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STORIES faith parenting

Last week I was trying to help my 9-year-old son set up his xbox for a new game. He was frustrated, and wouldn’t accept my help - but neither could he fix the issue himself. That lunchtime I told him and his brother a story. It went like this: ‘Once upon a time the RNLI lifeboat was...

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What is Sensory Integration? sensory

Sensory Integration

Sensory integration is the organisation of sensations within the body for use. Our senses help us to understand the physical conditions of our body and the environment surrounding us. The sensations are transferred into the brain every moment of every day. The senses...

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One Parent's Experience of Stress-Free Mealtimes and CHOTS parenting

A scream of rage brings me running into the dining room.  Our youngest son has his cereal bowl on his head and his plate up in front of him like a shield, dinner knife in hand. Our oldest has his glass raised above his head, ready to throw. Both their faces are contorted with rage and...

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Meltdown SOS! sensory

“Meltdown SOS! Survival toolkit”

 

Does your child or loved one have really frequent mega-meltdowns? Are you all exhausted by them? We have often been so exhausted by our children’s frequent meltdowns that we have been simply unable to think straight about long term...

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Distraction and Lack of Focus parenting

Distraction and Lack of Focus

There are many reasons why children are easily distracted. When children do not get enough sleep, they can be easily distracted. Also, when children are experiencing stress and anxiety, this can be a factor that affects their ability to focus, and thus they become...

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Raising a Confident Child parenting

Raising a Confident Child

To raise a confident child is to build their self-esteem - who they are in Christ. How do you build a child’s self-esteem? Model what you want to see, encourage and empower through the words you speak onto them, and your actions. Our children watch us daily. They...

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Parenting with Purpose parenting

Parenting With Purpose

Parenting is a journey with many things to discover. As parents, we love our children, and no one knows our kids are better than we do. We know their weaknesses and strengths. We know their gifts and talents. We know them well. However, some things sit outside of our scope...

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Homeschooling a Sensory Child

Homeschooling a Sensory Child: What You Need to Know

Most people think the school environment is the best place for a child. But what if it isn’t? What if your child isn’t thriving? What if you have different priorities in life to the school? What if you see a big difference in...

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