Autism

Helping parents of children with learning disabilities such as autism make each day a little more functional. Providing parents with useful information and product suggestions.

Self-stimulatory behavior or “stimming” as most refer to it, is the walking on the tiptoes, the flapping of the hands, or the repeating of words or phrases that we see most of our kids with autism doing. But what exactly is stimming and should you stop this behavior? Let’s find out.

What Is Stimming?

Stimming is a self-regulating behavior that is very common with individuals with autism. This stimming behavior to others look like repetitive movements of one’s body or objects in the form of jumping, rocking, or even rearranging items. A child stims for many reasons; to reduce anxiety, to avoid activities, express frustration or excitement, but mainly to reduce sensory overload. I like to think of stimming as tuning out the noise of the world to find peace within yourself.

Sensory Diet: what is a sensory diet

Sensory Diet: How To Feed Your Child’s Sensory Needs

When a child has a sensory processing disorder, their brains have a hard time receiving and responding to information from their senses. When this happens it usually results in the child receiving too much sensory input or not enough. Either way, this is not good for our children, and utilizing a sensory diet can help. …

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10 Ways To Improve Handwriting Skills

10 incredibly easy ways to improve handwriting skills

Could your child’s handwriting skills use a bit of boost? If so, you’re in the right place! In this post, I’m going to list 10 easy things that you can start doing today that will help them to improve their handwriting skills! Oh, by the way, these are all favorites in my classroom! This post …

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OT's helping children reach their potential

What exactly is Occupational Therapy (OT)?

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) defines occupational therapy (OT) as “the therapeutic use of everyday life activities (occupations) with individuals or group to enhance or enable  participation in roles, habits, and routines in home, school,workplace, community, and other settings” (AOTA, 2011). Occupation is essential to the practice of occupational therapy (OT). What does “occupation” …

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