Friday, October 10, 2008
Articles and Reviews pertaining to Sensory Processing Disorder
In honor of Sensory Processing Disorder month I am listing all the articles and reviews I have done on this issue. My now 12 year old nonverbal son Matthew has never officially been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, but it is apparent to all who know and work with him that there are serious sensory issues going on with him.
I recently viewed this Sensory Integration Strategies DVD that runs for under thirty minutes. This was a good refresher for those who have been dealing with Sensory Processing Disorder or Sensory Integration Therapy, plus a nice starter on the senses and nervous system. I even shared this morning while waiting for the bus with the aide some of the tips mentioned for the classroom. I specifically suggested having my son move the chairs around in the morning and afternoon and giving him jobs in the classroom. I believe the Horticulture and PE classes are giving him sensory input already.
Another DVD that gives people insights is Through the eyes of Autism. The viewer will feel their senses heightened while sitting through this quick clip. It really puts things in perspective for parents, siblings and professionals learning about autism. Calm Baby Video is very soothing and pleasing to the senses. A good contrast to the other movie to relax, unwind and take a nap.
OT for children with autism is a wonderful DVD that shows firsthand what occurs during Occupational Therapy. There are several children receiving services for different issues that are explained and discussed. This is good for any newly diagnosed family contemplating OT and wanting to know more about it.
Earlier in the year I took part in an ICDL conference from Dr. Stanley Greenspan with the post conference with Rosemary White. I wrote out my notes and other information with resources in an article entitled Sensory Disorders. The items we have had in our house to assist with Sensory Issues include the Intex Jumpolene, Animal Alley Arby Dog and the Quiet Quilt.
My household has experienced firsthand and for the most part learned to deal with a screaming child inside a store,Daily Activities,Self Regulation and the Summertime Blues. The parent training I attended for Floor Time Basics was very beneficial.
There is a social network to discuss and meet other families living with Autism and Sensory Disorders, plus another useful group Model Me Kids to share experiences. Sometimes I will reflect back to 2000 when I wrote about Sensory Integration Dysfunction and recall what my children were like at that time. It is a great reminder of the earlier years with fond memories to note.
I have more DVDs and books in my library at home that are specifically on Sensory Processing Disorders. Sign up for my newsletter at BellaOnline to be informed of new articles.
Improving Speech and Eating Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This book teaches you how to implement an Oral-Motor program for home and school.
Sensory Rich Activities is an ebook from Lil Angel Gifts that gives an overview with recipes and tips.
Sensory Nanny Radio Show
Kia at Good Enough Mama is giving away five copies of Meghan's World, which is a book on SPD. This ends on October 30th with the winner announced on Halloween