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Update on our Eval Journey

As a pediatric OT, I have had to jump through hurdles and hoops just to get medical professionals to actively listen to my concerns about my daughter.

Just when I thought I got the “golden ticket” for an eval, another hurdle pops up.
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Conscious Discipline with a Neurodivergent Child

Join me and the amazing Mr. Chazz Lewis as he educates us on what Conscious Discipline is, and what it isn’t…and more importantly, how you can apply conscious discipline methods to a neurodivergent child.

Mr. Chazz’s mission is to help adults truly see, guide and trust children. He is pushing the needle a little closer toward world peace. He goes by, “Mr. Chazz” and he even has a song to prove it. He has been a teacher of teachers and parents for a decade. He has worked with many schools, thousands of teachers and thousands of children. He has trained thousands of teachers in person and virtually. [continue reading]

Making the most out of OT services

Making the most out of your child’s OT services (that you had to fight tooth and nail for, go down very deep internet rabbit holes and stalk the local mom group just to find) is important, but how? In this episode, I’ll be answering common questions I get from parents, like what to do if your child isn’t making progress, how you can ask your OT to support you in non-traditional ways, when it might be time to take a break or pause from OT, and even some signs that you may need to switch therapists. [continue reading]

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?”

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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]