Book Shelf

9780252080319I have been asked many times what books I have read that I have found most useful. Over the years I have read so many, that I can’t remember them all until I find myself reading a “new” book only to realize I had bought and read the same one many years ago lol!x

I am incredibly lucky as I have many lovely friends in the Special Needs Community who are always at hand to recommend brilliant books that are worth paying for and will be on your book shelf for years to come when you need them. I have decided to write this post for new parents of children diagnosed as having Autism or SPD in particular. As both my boys have Autism and SPD this post will focus on those topics for books but will also include some books that fall under the umbrella term “Special Needs”, so you may just find some good books for your own book shelf. [Read more…]

Learn about SPD

Our Sensory Systems

Our Sensory Systems

A Sensory World

It can be so overwhelming as a Parent when you learn that your child has Special Needs. I know when I was first told about Conor having Autism (ASD) and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) I was blindsided. I had no idea what either of these words meant let alone what they would mean for my son and for his future.

Having recently found out that my youngest son Jack (2) has the same diagnosis as his older brother Conor (ASD, SPD, NV) I decided I wanted re-educate myself on all things ASD and SPD. In the beginning when you first find out about your child’s conditions if you are like me you will buy a wealth of books, you will look online, you look everywhere imaginable and speak to everyone you think may have the answers you seek. [Read more…]

Little boy’s Sensory Heaven

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I think any mother of a child with Special Needs no matter the age of their child will tell you that they are always learning about their child’s condition. Your child’s needs can change, they can vary and they can regress. The one systematic similarity you will find among all Special Needs conditions is that your child will not “grow” out of their condition. I know that initially when I first learned about Conor having Autism for some reason (pure innocence I think) I felt that he would be fine, we would help him and he would go back to being “just” Conor that the Autism, the SPD would go away and his lovely voice would return.

The reality was and still is, that a Special Needs diagnosis is a life long diagnosis, that will never leave. I realize that Conor is still his unique self, he is not “just” Conor, he is the most perfect version of himself I could ever ask for. He was born with Special Needs and as his life goes on these additional needs will not wane with time, as he grows up I will continue to learn about his additional needs and try to meet them as best I can. There are a multitude of Therapies, Interventions and brilliant products that we can access to help him thrive, to do the best we can for our special little boy. [Read more…]

To throw or not to throw

Visual Pecs

Friday Freebie

As part of my Friday Freebie series I also like to create “requested” Printables. I was contacted recently by a Parent who needed some Visuals to explain to her child where he can and cannot “throw” objects. Her little boy has Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and one of his most favorite things to do is to throw objects.

If you didn’t know about SPD or Autism you may think that this little boy is just being “unruly” or “untidy”. In fact by “throwing” objects he is getting great Sensory fun, as the sounds the objects make when they fall give him great auditory input together with the sight of the objects falling help him to Visual Sensory Relief.  [Read more…]

Sensory Processing Disorder SPD

Sensory Processing Disorder also known as SPD is a processing disorder of the senses. It affects the way in which children and adults “take in” the world around them through their senses.

The Sensory Spectrum

www.thesensoryspectrum.com

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