Scripture and Sensory Processing Disorders - Asking the Hard Questions.

faith Jun 25, 2020

Scripture and Sensory Processing Disorders

Asking the Hard Questions

As we move forward with modern medicine and treatments, new discoveries and diagnosis, and even renaming old diagnosis as we learn more about the human mind and body, one might think there should be a cure or a treatment to end all problems. The reality though, for those of us with or who love a person with a Sensory Processing Issue, is that we might be leading a life of constant treatments. Constantly seeking therapy, trying new methods, and coping with life in general in the midst of all this can be overwhelming at best. Sometimes, even the best days end with a heavy burden. No matter how hard we may try to accept things as they are and work forward with a positive attitude, that gaping question looms in the mind like a creeping shadow: Why did God let this happen? Why would God make me/my friend/my daughter/my son this way? We ask these questions from a place of hurt and sheer exhaustion, when all the while the...

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Get Ready for Summer with Fun and Affordable Sensory Tools

sensory Jun 03, 2020

It is so hard to believe that the summer months are here! Let’s get ready by making sure there are plenty of engaging sensory activities that children, teens, and adults alike will want to do again and again.

Here are some great ideas organised by sensory skill. These great products are linked with my Amazon affiliate account.

Vestibular

A fun balance board is a great tool for strengthening muscles and improving equilibrium and balance. These are used by many ages become a fun routine!

Proprioception

Get busy hands happy and help strengthen arm muscles with this pack of stress balls in various textures. Not only does this satisfy the need to touch fun textures, but they are perfect for therapy and rehabilitation needs.

Vision

These colourful planets can be placed in a bedroom or play area. Because they glow in the dark, they can be used in a variety of ways to promote healthy visual stimulation.

Oral Motor

Nothing says summer like blowing bubbles. Mix up your bubble play with...

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The Power of Auditory Training

sensory May 27, 2020

You might have heard suggestions such as playing Mozart for infants while they play or even as they sleep, but did you know that Auditory Training is a much more targeted and focused exercise that can benefit all ages? Children, teens, and adults who face sensory challenges, have suffered brain injury, or struggle academically can experience life changing benefits.

What Auditory Training Can Improve :

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve memory and attention span
  • Boost overall mood
  • Promote academic success
  • Improve listening skills
  • Help with Self-Regulation
  • And much more!

How it Works:

Auditory Training is specially suited to the individual. A personalised playlist is selected, and listeners only have to listen for 15 to 30 minutes per day. Coaches are also available to give tips on how to get the most of this program. You are not alone!

I would love to talk about your unique situation and help you decide if this type of program is right for you. Book a free call today!

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Sensory Play at Home

sensory May 07, 2020

There may be times when we aren’t able to do regular OT, and this time is one of them! Let’s keep calm and get creative with some fun activities to do at home that will keep your child engaged. Ah, but this isn’t another list of things to place in a bin or a station to create with a theme: I want to share with you some methods to use to select your own supplies and invent your own activities.

  1. Use What you Have

You don’t have to buy any fancy materials, craft supplies, or equipment. ANYTHING goes, as long as it’s safe. Uncooked beans and rice, socks, paper plates, and more all have fun textures your child would love to play with.

  1. Get Ready to Adapt

If there was a plan for how your home-made sensory activity was going to go, get ready to have your plans changed and be totally okay with it. If you wanted your child to sort colours of beads, and they are satisfied rolling them between their fingers instead, then praise their curiosity and join...

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What is Sensory Processing?

sensory Apr 20, 2020

What Is Sensory Processing?

All around us exists a world that’s begging to be explored. We’re blessed to have many senses that make enjoying this world a possibility, although for some people, having these senses can be overwhelming. This can be due to what’s known as sensory processing disorder. What exactly is sensory processing, anyway?

Sensory processing is the ability to to manage sensations such as taste, touch, and sound, in the environment around us, as well as from ourselves and make use of these senses. This processing takes place mostly in the brain.

In this in-depth post, we will explore sensory processing in more detail, including a discussion on senses. We’ll also talk about how sensory processing disorder (SPD) causes one to over-process or under-process their sensory abilities and how this may be treated.

Understanding Sensory Processing: What Is It?

When you were a child in school, you were likely taught that you have five...

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He is Risen! Easter Sensory Fun

Uncategorized Apr 13, 2020

No matter what this season has brought you, the blessing of forgiveness and new life remains. We celebrate His resurrection to remember to the pain and suffering our Savior endured at the Cross, and to praise Him for His gift of salvation. Because of His wounds, we are healed.

It can be hard in these times of practising social distancing to experience the same fun and joy on Easter that we had expected. Let’s stay positive and hopeful in these trying times. Showing kindness and calmness in the chaos is the simplest way to give thanks to God for His greatest gift.

Why not make use of old Easter supplies by doing some fun sensory activities! Here are some ideas to get started:

1: Make a sensory basket.

You’ve probably heard of a sensory bin, but why not put those baskets to another use? In a wide based basket, go ahead and place in some decorative grass along with some other items like marbles, beads, or other small things. Let your child explore the basket and feel each...

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The Art of Forgiveness: Taking One Moment at a Time

Uncategorized Apr 08, 2020

Mental health is such an important part of parenting. In the hustle and bustle of caring for children, it can be so easy to put aside our own needs as we meet theirs.

 

What’s more, is that is can seem to be a personal conflict leaving us wondering—why me?

 

The fog of questions loom in:

What am I doing wrong?

Why does my own child reject me?

Did I do something to deserve this?

 

I’m convinced you are doing everything in your power to give your child the best life possible. It is not easy raising any child, but the weight a parenting a child with sensory processing issue or other special needs can be tenfold.  Don’t let these questions that lead to worry and resentment take over!

 

Ephesians 4: 31-32 says,

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

 

It is...

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Focus on the Good: An Offer of Hope for Managing Sensory Processing Issues

faith Apr 01, 2020

You might have read on my homepage, “Everybody's sensory thumbprint is unique”. This is something I absolutely believe in!

 

Every child is different.

 

I do not believe in a cookie-cutter solution. What I do believe in is God’s spiritual gifts that have lead me throughout the years to help others experience the peace that passes understanding. This is through an abundance of knowledge in raising children and helping adults with ASD, ADHD, Dyspraxia, Developmental coordination disorder (DCD), MS, and many other people with no specific diagnosis at all.

Jesus Christ brought us newness of life in the Holy Spirit and baptism; God wants us to experience the fullness and joy in this life. Even in the hardest times, we are called to count it all as joy and seek His goodness and light.

 

Having a Christian approach to identifying and regulating sensory processing disorders opens a new door: hope.

 “We were therefore buried with him through...

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What Is Self-Regulation and Why Is It Important?

sensory Mar 28, 2020

What Is Self-Regulation and Why Is It Important?

Do you have a child that hits, kicks, screams in the house, rips things up, and regularly 'loses it'?

OR

Can you remember dreaming of reaching adulthood so you could eat chocolate cake every day for dinner and stay up until the small hours of the night on a weekday? Yet, now that we have the authority to make these decisions, we don’t.

What do these things this have to do with self-regulation? What is self-regulation and why does it matter?

Self-regulation is the ability to control oneself in all aspects, including emotions and behaviour. While it’s important as a trademark of standard, acceptable behaviour in society, some people struggle with self-regulation.

Whether it’s you who needs help with self-regulation or someone else in your life, we encourage you to keep reading. In this post, we’ll discuss whether self-regulation can be taught and some steps on how to improve self-control. It’s a big part of...

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Raging Peace: 10 Reasons Children are Like the Sea

faith Mar 25, 2020

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” –John 16:33

Working with children with ASD and sensory processing disorders, I have seen so much hope and joy throughout the years in seeing progress, but I’ve also seen the troubles. The troubles are why I’m here. It is my joy and calling to help others manage special needs and sensory processing issues, and I am thrilled to offer online courses that are tailored to your child’s individual needs through the coaching.  

Like with anything in life, there will also be ups and downs. Jesus wants us to remember that He has already done the hardest part for us. He died and rose again so that we might be free from sin. But in our earthly life there is still work to be done! Let’s take a moment to reflect on the joy of children in this fun list. I think anyone with children can relate!

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