Category : Healthful Life Strategies

neurodiversity definition

“Each individual brain is like a unique rainforest, teeming with growth, decay, competition, diversity and selection.” Tweet this quote by Gerald Edelman (Cornwell 2007) The coining, understanding and use of the word “neurodiversity” is a gateway. It opens to allow us to see both the landscape from which we are departing and the one ahead. It is an evolutionary word …

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sensory processing challenges

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the world. (Tweet this quote.) It is the only disability that is dramatically on the rise along with a board range of sensory processing differences that continue to baffle educators and parents. Research such as that conducted by Simon Baron-Cohen of the Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge, shows that the prevalence of autism …

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cultivate genius in sensory children

In last week’s post I discussed how to become a playful artist with a sensory needs child. This is an important topic because playing in the arts is an intervention that stimulates the limbic brain. It invites collaboration which evokes the natural genius in both the adult and child. The power of presence, creativity, and human connection is the stuff …

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Written on Aug, 07, 2014 by in | 1 Comment.
sensory needs child

When I talk to therapists and parents about using the arts they are often intimidated. The suggestion that they would speak (or paint or dance) from the heart fluidly and imaginatively with children evokes their hesitancy and embarrassment. They think this must be something I can do and they cannot. Nothing could be further from the truth. Anyone can tap …

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adult brain anchors sensory integration children

Your brain is a vital, living organ. It is thoroughly responsive to everything but particularly to human interaction. (Tweet this quote.) This blog post encourages you to embrace a new understanding of your brain and how it operates in relationship to children and youth. Learn how to actively befriend your brain and the brains of the children in your world …

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sensory integration diagnosis

The diagnostic process plays a central role in the lives of people living with sensory processing challenges and autism. (Tweet this quote.) Diagnostic decisions shape therapeutic directions, financial needs, and lifestyle choices. The quest for diagnostic accuracy and clarity is time consuming, frustrating, and emotional. It is also exhausting. Ironically parents can become overwhelmed and unable to easily filter all …

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sensory integration diagnosis glossary

This is the simplest sensory integration glossary I could devise to make it easier for parents to understand some of the common terminology they may encounter when they receive a sensory or autism diagnosis. 8 Aspects of Sensory Integration Diagnoses Explained I want to underscore that none of the label terminology that refers to neurological or developmental struggles imply anything …

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activities for children with sensory issues

In my last post, I shared a story about a child who offers a model of what is possible even when sensory struggles are extreme. I discuss my experiences with Sophie and Rett Syndrome because Rett’s is one of the most intractable of sensory and neurodevelopmental conundrums. Any success in Sophie’s case represents promise for other sensory conditions. After years of …

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sensory processing disorder case study

Despite ongoing research, the causes behind what we call sensory processing disorders remain unknown. This is because causation is likely a mixed bag of genetic, epigenetic, environmental, neurodevelopmental, and cultural factors. The important question Ph.D. Stephanie Mines addresses is what we as parents, therapists, educators and care-providers can do about this growing epidemic in an empowered and sustainable way, no …

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