Articles

(2018) Sensations: Too Much, Too Confusing, or Not Enough?

Published on November 27 at PsychologyToday.com

SPD manifests itself in a variety of ways.  Over-responsivity is the most common type, but it is not the only type. A person’s sensory problem could be completely different.

(2018) SPD Primer: When You’re In Sync

Published in November 2018 – January 2019 issue of Autism Asperger’s Sensory Digest.

Part I of a two-part primer to help families, educators and professionals understand the basics of Sensory Processing Disorder.

(2018) In-Sync Summer Activities

Published in May-July 2018 issue of Autism Asperger’s Digest

Fun summertime activities to satisfy children with sensory issues, autism and other disabilities, as well as the kids’ families and friends.

(2018) Success in Class with ADHD and SPD

Published in Spring issue of ADDitude: Strategies and Support for ADHD & LD

Workaround strategies for helping your child stay on top of things at school, featuring tips from Cara Koscinski, OTR, and from Justin Wayland and Karly Koop, two teenaged contributors to The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up.

(2017) Is SPD a Real Thing?

Published November 29, 2017, on www.Healthline.com    The medical community is split over whether SPD should be an official diagnosis, but parents of children with the condition say it’s all too real.

(2017) 27 Signs You Have Dyspraxia — by Jenny Hollander

Published May 19, on bustle.com. Jenny Hollander explains Dyspraxia, a.k.a. Developmental Coordination Disorder.  Many clumsy folks have underlying sensory issues that affect how they respond to sensations of touch and movement.  Read more

(2016) Five Sensory Tune-Ups

Published in ADDitude: Strategies and Support for ADHD & LD, Winter 2016.

Put sensory problems to rest with these quick “tuneups” that can help kids with ADHD and SPD regroup after becoming overloaded.

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(2012) A Sens-ational Summer — Here We Come!, by Jane Samuel

Published June 2 on MotheringintheMiddle.com, the blog for new midlife mothers and fathers

The arrival of summer and the unleashing of cooped-up young bodies always bring me back to my child-rearing-roots. Only a few days have passed since the carpool line, the packing of lunches, and the buzzing of early alarm clocks stopped and I am already thinking, “How can I keep them away from the TV and feed their bodies and minds?” With sensory smart activities of course! Read more

(2012) Certain Senses Can Hit a Nerve, by Sheila Wayman

Published April 24, in The Irish Times Health plus

When Carol Stock Kranowitz was a teacher of music and movement at a nursery school in Washington DC, she used to be puzzled by the occasional child who would not take part in the fun activities all the other young children enjoyed.

There was the boy who turned away, covering his ears with his hands, when music was played; the girl who lay on the floor “too tired” even to strike two rhythm sticks together; the boy who buzzed around the room while all the other pre-schoolers sat down singing songs. Their behaviour disrupted the fun for others.

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(2013) New AAP Statement Calls Recess ‘Crucial’ to Child’s Development, by Mari-Jane Williams

Published January 7 in The Washington Post.

Children have long regarded recess as a highlight of the school day. Last week, unstructured play breaks got an endorsement from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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(2012) The Sensory Gym, by Jenny Rough

Published in the January/February issue of Bethesda Magazine

Today, Carol travels around the country speaking about SPD. Back home, she spends time with her five grandchildren and four step-grandchildren, all of whom range in age from 3 to 11. None has SPD, but she has brought elements of her classroom into her basement via a sensory gym.

She made a crash pad by stuffing a duvet cover with pillows and got scraps from local upholsterers to fill a dress-up trunk with velvet and yards of beautiful Chinese silk. She has a therapy ball, marbles, a net swing, a platform swing and a collection of rhythm band instruments made from twigs, nuts, shells and gourds.

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