Articles

(2020) Blue Toenails and Other Rituals

Published February 4, 2020 at Psychology Today.com

 

Family rituals help children develop good manners, self-help skills, and emotional security.

(2019) Daniel’s Xylophone

Published in Nov. 2019 – Jan. 2020 issue of Autism Asperger’s Sensory Digest

Preschooler Daniel communicated effectively with his classmates using his own “language” of numbers and music.

(2019) Speaking Positively to Children

Published on October 18 at PsychologyToday.com

A parent or teacher’s affirmative responses can turn kids’ stumbles into great learning experiences.

(2019) Sensory “Quinks” for the New School Year

In Aug.-Oct. issue of Autism Asperger’s Sensory Digest

Sensory-motor “Quinks” (short for Quick In-Sync activities) at school may ease your child’s transition into this year’s classroom.  Share these and your own family’s favorite Quinks with the teacher to incorporate into the school day.

(2019) Rehearsals for Life

Published on August 6th at PsychologyToday.com

Frequently and purposely, we provide our children with opportunities to practice the skills they will need throughout their lives. Especially if our kids have developmental delays such as autism or sensory processing disorder, we know the importance of practice, practice, practice.

(2019) Tommy’s Extrasensory Grace

Published in May – July 2019 issue of Autism Asperger’s Sensory Digest
SPD is an asset when it enables some people, even young children, to be extraordinarily sensitive to others’ feelings.  Tommy, a preschooler with severe SPD, comforts a scared little girl as no other person could.

(2019) Regarding Spencer: Our Thoughtful Attention Energizes Kids with Special Needs

Published on November 27 at PsychologyToday.com

Kids with special needs are just like all children, only more so: they need to feel certain that they are safe, and heard, and known. They will let us in on their amazing thoughts and ardent feelings when our patient regard invests them with power.

(2019) SPD Primer (Part II): When Senses Are Out of Sync

Published in February – April 2019 issue of Autism Asperger’s Sensory Digest.

Part II of a two-part primer to help families, educators and professionals understand how Sensory Processing Disorder hinders daily functioning.

(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 (Part I): 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 typical sensory processing.

(2018) What Is Sensory Processing Disorder?

Published in March on Lifespan’s blog prior to the Parenting Matters conference in Barrington.

“Some kids respond to unremarkable experiences in notably unusual ways. They may resist going places and being with people. They may reject hugs or crave them constantly. They may go, go, go, or lack get-up-and-go.”

(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.