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Autism Digest. Time to change the "D" in "SPD"!  Sensory Processing Differences is more accurate and inclusive than the terms Sensory Processing Disorder or Dysfunction.  The fact that a child avoids swings or craves messy play may mean that she processes senses atypically, not that she is abnormal, has mental illness, or can't function in daily life. Read the article here. '>

(2022) That Pesky D in SPD

August-September issue of Autism Digest.

Time to change the “D” in “SPD”!  Sensory Processing Differences is more accurate and inclusive than the terms Sensory Processing Disorder or Dysfunction.  The fact that a child avoids swings or craves messy play may mean that she processes senses atypically, not that she is abnormal, has mental illness, or can’t function in daily life.

Read the article here.

Autism Digest (formerly Autism Asperger's Sensory Digest). Luke wanted to join his classmates' overnight camping trip but knew the sensory overload would be too challenging.  Using the problem-solving method called A SECRET, he and his OT, parents and teacher made modifications that let Luke attend and enjoy the outing.  Learn how you can make small changes that make a big difference in a child's daily life.'>

(2022) Luke’s Family Shares A SECRET: Problem-Solving with Lucy Jane Miller’s Method

May-July issue of Autism Digest (formerly Autism Asperger’s Sensory Digest).

Luke wanted to join his classmates’ overnight camping trip but knew the sensory overload would be too challenging.  Using the problem-solving method called A SECRET, he and his OT, parents and teacher made modifications that let Luke attend and enjoy the outing.  Learn how you can make small changes that make a big difference in a child’s daily life.

Autism Asperger's Sensory Digest. Jeffrey has mild autism.  Read about some of the highs and lows in his life, from baby days through toddler years, elementary school and high school days, and now his college experience. Read more...'>

(2022) Jeffrey: From Worrisome Childhood to Wonderful Adulthood

February-April issue of Autism Asperger’s Sensory Digest.

Jeffrey has mild autism.  Read about some of the highs and lows in his life, from baby days through toddler years, elementary school and high school days, and now his college experience.

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Autism Asperger's Sensory Digest. Spencer overcomes boyhood Lyme disease and sensory processing challenges, becoming a healthy, energetic young man, eager to use his skills as an embedded hardware engineer. Read more...'>

(2021) Spencer Figures It Out

November 2021-January 2022 issue of Autism Asperger’s Sensory Digest.

Spencer overcomes boyhood Lyme disease and sensory processing challenges, becoming a healthy, energetic young man, eager to use his skills as an embedded hardware engineer.

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(2021) Positive Speaking

August-October issue of Autism Asperger’s Sensory Digest.   The school bus is coming, your child can’t find her homework, you get angry, and the day begins on a negative note.  Use positive speaking to turn this scene into a rewarding learning experience.

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(2021) Sensory Quinks for Summertime

May-June issue of Autism Asperger’s Sensory Digest.  Looking for some activities to get the kids movin’ and groovin’ this summer?  For fun in the sun in ’21, here are five “Quinks.”

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(2021) Guiding Grandma to “Get It” about SPD

Feb-Apr issue of Autism Asperger’s Sensory Digest.

Grandma comes to visit and has advice about disciplining her touchy grandson. His parents set her straight with lists of how sensory processing challenges affect his eating, sleeping, and shampooing.  She begins to “get it.”

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(2020) 62 Means “Thank You”

Published in November 2020 – January 2021 issue of Autism Asperger’s Sensory Digest.

A little boy with an expressive language delay connects to his grown-ups through music and numbers.

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(2020) In-Sync Activities to Help Kids Cope with Being Cooped Up

A chapter in Autism-in-Lockdown: Expert Tips and Insights on Coping with the COVID-10 Pandemic (Future Horizons).

Being cooped up to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is especially challenging for children with autism and their grown-ups. Five “In-Sync” activities may help families learn how to incorporate sensory-motor experiences into their endless indoor days.

Among the 34 authors are Tony Attwood, Temple Grandin, Joye Newman, Carol Gray, Jed Baker, Cara Koscinski, Paula Aquilla, Nancy Kashman, Janet Mora, and Roya Ostovar.

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(2020) Behavior Means Something

Published in August-October 2020 issue of Autism Asperger’s Sensory Digest.

When your child’s behavior mystifies you, put on your imaginary sensory spectacles and ask yourself three questions: What sensations does the child avoid? What sensations does the child constantly seek? What sensations calm the child?

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PsychologyToday.com Seven suggestions to help your kids become more responsible and considerate -- without nagging or shouting.'>

(2020) 7 Tips to Develop Children’s Self-Discipline

Published August 5 at PsychologyToday.com

Seven suggestions to help your kids become more responsible and considerate — without nagging or shouting.

(2020) Time Inn: A Welcoming Accommodation

Published in May-July 2020 issue of Autism Asperger’s Sensory Digest.  

A cozy “getaway” place may be exactly what a child needs to calm down and get some necessary time alone before re-entering the group.