Is it a Meltdown or a Tantrum? Interview with Dr. AnnLouise Lockhart

Did you know that there’s a difference between a meltdown and a tantrum? It’s important for parents and professionals to differentiate between the two because it gives us so much insight into our children and allows us to better support them in the best ways. Listen to this episode’s interview with Dr. AnnLouise Lockhart to find out how to identify the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum and some important tips to keep you on the right track. [continue reading]

How to have the “sensory cup” talk

One thing I’m always preaching to my clients, my in person clients, my virtual parent coaching clients and the parents in the Sensory WISE Solutions program is that it’s important to have the “sensory cup” talk with your child. You know, as long as they have the language capabilities to understand. It’s important for your child to understand that their brain processes sensory input differently and it’s even more important for them to understand that there’s nothing wrong with that. Listen to this episode to see how I talk about it with my 4 year old. [continue reading]

Is it Sensory or Is it Behavior?

All behavior is a form of communication, but sometimes it can be hard to decipher what our children are communicating. When kids hit, kick, spit, punch, throw or push, parents often ask me, “is this sensory or is it behavior?”

I’m here to end that debate once and for all. Well, maybe not end it, but at least help you reframe it.

Because what the real question should be is “What is it my child is trying to communicate with me right now?”

Listen to this episode to hear more about the sensory and behavior link. [continue reading]

Accommodation vs. Exposure for Sensory Kids

So you have a sensory sensitive child who’s sensitive to seams of socks, mushy textured food, messy play, or toilets flushing. What should you do? Do you accommodate every environment and task for them so they can avoid the sensory triggers altogether? Does that make them spoiled? Should you force them to get used to it? Where do you draw the line? Listen to this episode to find out how I talk about accommodating vs. exposure. [continue reading]

The 2022 Mindset for Parents of Neurodivergent Kids

It’s so amazing how much a shift in mindset can positively impact progress in your own parenting journey as well as your neurodivergent child’s journey. Sometimes we can feel like we’re stuck, not making progress and we try to find all the right solutions and tricks and hacks, but what we need most is a mindset shift, or at least a mindset re-set.
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Having a mixed threshold child

One of the most common questions I get asked about is if children can have mixed thresholds, meaning seek some sensory input and be sensitive to others. The answer is yes! A child can have a whole grab-bag of surprises when it comes to sensory profiles and sensory processing challenges. Listen to the episode to find out more. [continue reading]

Motherhood: unscripted

My whole experience of motherhood has been completely different than what I had envisioned, and that’s okay, but it needs to be talked about. I don’t love this version of motherhood. I’m not enjoying the role I play as Mom. I miss the old me. Raising a neurodivergent child is hard. So many thoughts are unraveled in this episode, and I share a lot of vulnerable thoughts and feelings about motherhood, in an unscripted way. I also share a lot of confessions and frustrations that other moms have shared with me. [continue reading]

Tips for Building Self Regulation Skills

Co-regulation is something that will always be part of us as human beings. We are social beings and need the interaction, social transaction and intimacy and trust with another human being. But we can’t always rely on others to regulate ourselves, and we do want the ultimate goal for our children to be some version of self-regulation. I want to share with you what you can do now to build towards self regulation. [continue reading]

Surviving the holidays with an SPD child

Forget thriving, how can we survive the holiday season with a neurodivergent child? Well I don’t have a magic wand, but I do have some tips for you to hopefully set you all up for success. Here’s a hint- it all has to do with building in familiar routines. [continue reading]

Interview with Nicole Parish, Autistic Content Creator and Artist

Welcome everyone to a VERY exciting episode of the Sensory WISE Solutions Podcast for parents.

I have a TREAT for you all because I have Nicole Parish, who is the content creator and artist behind @soundoftheforest on tik-tok (with 1.7 million followers!)

Tune in to this episode to listen to Nicole’s experience of getting diagnosed with Autism in her adulthood, what her childhood experiences were like with some of her Autistic traits and how she’s found support. [continue reading]

Going through a rough patch

This episode is completely unscripted but was so therapeutic for me to just talk and vent it all out. I’ll talk about why it’s so hard to keep up with her regulation, what’s going on with her at school, and even touch on our tough decision of not having any more children. [continue reading]

Classroom Accommodations for Sensory Needs

It’s our job as parents and educators to make sure that our children’s learning styles and sensory needs are supported and accommodated in the classroom. What are some of the classroom modifications and accommodations we can ask for to support our children with sensory differences? I’ll answer that in this podcast episode. [continue reading]

Sensory Sensitivity Signs in children

Let’s talk about what it can look like when a child has a low sensory threshold. These are known as the sensory sensitive children, sensory avoiders, hypersensitive children. They often go into fight or flight mode. This sensory profile can also overlap with anxiety.

Let’s talk about what it can look like when a child has a low sensory threshold. These are known as the sensory sensitive children, sensory avoiders, hypersensitive children. They often go into fight or flight mode. This sensory profile can also overlap with anxiety. [continue reading]

Part 1 of 4: Our Story with SPD

I’m kicking off the first season with a 4 part series detailing our journey thus far with SPD. I get real raw and vulnerable sharing a lot of the behind the scenes in our first few years of Liliana’s SPD.

In this episode, I talk about our early challenges with sleep, how I “accidentally” sleep trained her, post partum rage and my first feelings of isolation. [continue reading]

Part 3 of 4: Our Story with SPD

I’m kicking off the first season with a 4 part series detailing our journey thus far with SPD. I get real raw and vulnerable sharing a lot of the behind the scenes in our first few years of Liliana’s SPD.

In this episode, I got extremely emotional remembering some of the darkest days in this whole journey. I share a lot of the frustration and other huge emotions that come up when I think about how impactful Liliana’s huge meltdowns were for us and what the turning point was. [continue reading]

Part 2 of 4: Our Story with SPD

I’m kicking off the first season with a 4 part series detailing our journey thus far with SPD. I get real raw and vulnerable sharing a lot of the behind the scenes in our first few years of Liliana’s SPD.

In this episode, I talk about Liliana’s earliest signs of sensory sensitivity and anxiety, how I got a referral for evaluations and why I’m so pissed off at Ironman.

*I did use one explitive at the end of the episode, you’ve been warned ?
In this episode, I talk about our early challenges with sleep, how I “accidentally” sleep trained her, post partum rage and my first feelings of isolation. [continue reading]

Part 4 of 4: Our Story with SPD

This is the last part of the 4 part series detailing our journey with SPD. Make sure to go back and listen to parts 1-3 for more details.

This is the happy ending I’m happy to share with you all. Through all of our hard work, Liliana is thriving in pre-K and has shown huge improvement with her emotional regulation skills. There’s still a ton of work for us to do, but for now, I’m giving myself a pat on the back. [continue reading]