How To Calm Down Your Child’s Big Feelings

How To Calm Down Your Child’s Big Feelings

Typically I can see it coming in my kids. The wave of emotions start to rise, and instead of being like a typical wave that ebbs and flows, sometimes it turns into a giant wave of emotions that threatens to take us all down. In the past I tried coercing, minimizing...

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How To Get Your Child To Talk About Feelings

How To Get Your Child To Talk About Feelings

The other day my typically cheerful son came home without a smile, shoulders slumped over, his eyes wouldn’t meet mine.  Immediately my mommy heart sunk knowing that something BIG must be going on, and he was keeping it all inside. My mind quickly switched into...

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Simplifying the Sensory System

Simplifying the Sensory System

When I first heard of the sensory system I was about 6 years old and in kindergarten. I was told about my ears, nose, mouth, eyes, and hands and how those made up my 5 senses. As an adult I heard words like sensory processing, sensory activities, sensory diet, and so...

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Sensory Diet Activities for Indoor Play

Sensory Diet Activities for Indoor Play

**sensory diet activities to do inside when outside play isn’t an option**   The winter months can feel long...really long! If you live in a place like I do, the summer provides great time for the kids to go outdoors and be active, but between the rain, the cold,...

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What to Do When Your Child Says No To Everything

What to Do When Your Child Says No To Everything

There are days when I feel like no matter what I ask, say, or do, my kids will respond with a powerful “NO.” As a parent, that word lights a fire inside of me. I feel like I have to defend myself, stand my ground, and not let my child rule the roost. I only want to...

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My Top 8 Secrets to Addressing Tantrums

My Top 8 Secrets to Addressing Tantrums

Tantrums. Just the word alone is enough to stress me out, get my heart rate racing, and turn me into a crazy mom. Seriously. I hate dealing with screaming and whining! I feel like in those moments everything is out of control, and I need to fix it. For the longest...

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How to Address Tantrums When Nothing Seems to Work

How to Address Tantrums When Nothing Seems to Work

  A mom who I deem as incredibly consistent, patient, and who seems to have parenting down perfectly asked me, “How do I address tantrums for my kid who has 45 minute long tantrums, and why do hers seem more extreme than others'?” It’s not uncommon for me to hear...

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How to Encourage Sensory Diet Activities Without Bribes

How to Encourage Sensory Diet Activities Without Bribes

While holding our sensory diet activities homework in my hands, I walk out of the Occupational Therapist and my brain starts to spin, anxiety rushes in, and I can feel my pulse in every portion of my body. It happens every week over this one single piece of paper. I...

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3 Simple Ways to Calm Down a Toddler Tantrum

3 Simple Ways to Calm Down a Toddler Tantrum

  On a crisp spring evening last year, a dozen parents gathered together anxiously to watch our 6 year old kids during their very first t-ball practice. With a sparkle in our eye and a goofy grin on our faces, we anxiously watched our little ones awkwardly pick...

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How to Understand Sensory Kids

How to Understand Sensory Kids

  In the past few weeks I've been asking different people what it means to truly understand sensory differences they've noticed with their kids. I've received responses like these: "Understanding" [my daughter] would mean knowing what her body and mind needs when...

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Getting Back on the Bike

Getting Back on the Bike

Getting Back on the Bike Angie's story of how she taught her vestibular avoiding son to ride a bike, which in turn became a lesson to her too.   “SIT RIGHT THERE!” I yelled angrily as I placed my 8 year-old son in the garage.  “I need a time-out!”  I declared as I...

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Piecing Together Sensory Information

Piecing Together Sensory Information

Riding tricycles naked over every crack in the driveway. Sound strange to you? It did to me for the first three years of my son's life. All I knew was that his happy place was in front of our house riding his tricycle to his heart's content over every single crack all...

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7 Tips for Calming School Anxiety

7 Tips for Calming School Anxiety

Crocodile tears, my son yelling "everything is STUPID" and "I hate that" as I held him in my arms knowing that my fears had come true. It took my son less than two minutes to burst into meltdown mode after seeing me waiting for him at the front gates of the school. As...

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Everything You Need to Know about Sensory Processing

Everything You Need to Know about Sensory Processing

WOW! All I can say is something AMAZING was just released and I can't wait for you all to see it! Sensory Processing 101 is an amazing resource for parents, educators, and anyone who wants to know more about any aspect of sensory processing. The book was written by...

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The Best Way to Explain SPD

The Best Way to Explain SPD

[xyz-ihs snippet="SPD"] Click Here to Purchase While Its Still ON SALE I recently wrote a post about why I don't explain SPD to most people. I still hold true to that concept, BUT, like most rules there is usually an exception. When it comes to explaining sensory...

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How To Decrease Tantrums

How To Decrease Tantrums

A dear friend and I sat on my couch this past week, both of us in tears discussing motherhood. Hers were tears of sadness, frustration, and feelings of inadequacy as a mother. She had just experienced one of her daughters' frequent tantrums and was tired of dealing...

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Why I Won’t Explain SPD to Most People

Why I Won’t Explain SPD to Most People

There are beautiful moments where I see a perfect light in my child, the potential, the love, I see it all. Those carefree moments when all is going well, and at least in my world the stars are all aligned. I love it, I live for those moments, but I don't enjoy them...

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Sensory Treat Review

Sensory Treat Review

Sensory Treat Review- Magnet Set As a mother of a child with sensory differences who ALWAYS benefits from regular sensory activities, I know the most difficult part of providing sensory activities is deciding which activity to do and motivating my child to do it. I've...

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The Explosive Child…a New Way of Approaching Behavior

The screaming, crying, absolutely horrible fits that burst your ear drums and happen literally at the drop of the hat. THOSE are the ones Dr. Ross Greene, author of "The Explosive Child" has set out to help parents understand and work through. Those are the ones he...

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Bedtime Nightmares

Bedtime Nightmares

  Bedtime nightmares for me come before going to sleep. Right around 8:00 pm is when my heart sinks, and I wish I could stop time or magically make my kids fall asleep. Although I know sleep is good for them, getting them to the point of GOING to sleep is not...

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4 Ways to Encourage Sensory Play

4 Ways to Encourage Sensory Play

"All the sensory activities I see look great, but how do I get my kid to actually do them? He always fights me when I try" I have read that statement a couple of times from friends this past week when discussing sensory activities. If that rings true for you as well,...

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4 Surefire Ways To Avoid Power Struggles

4 Surefire Ways To Avoid Power Struggles

The other day I noticed a FB comment on a post of a friend. The comment said something about "being more stubborn than your child and eventually your child will give in." Honestly, the thought struck a chord in my "child development" heart. "Fight harder than your kid...

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Tactile Sensitivity- How to Tackle It Like A Boss

Tactile Sensitivity- How to Tackle It Like A Boss

Tactile Sensitivity- What is it and everything you need to know to support it like a BOSS!   If your child has been known to flare up, become frustrated, or seem to avoid particular sensations, it could be due to a tactile sensitivity you may not have noticed...

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Is Your Child’s Behavior Linked to Sensory?

Is Your Child’s Behavior Linked to Sensory?

"Wild child, tantrum kid, aggressive behavior, extremely sensitive, picky eater, defiant, super active, explosive, etc." Do any of those labels describe your child's behavior in any way? If so, you might find it relieving to know the behavior is likely related to...

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The Secret to Understanding Sensory Behavior

The Secret to Understanding Sensory Behavior

Sitting on the couch, listening to my toddler scream for the millionth time that day, wondering what set him off, and feeling the weight of not knowing how to console him....just like always. At that time, nothing I did seemed to help him, and as a person with a great...

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My Top 5 Tips for Dealing With Challenging Behavior

My Top 5 Tips for Dealing With Challenging Behavior

  After receiving a phone call from my children's preschool director today about my son's behavior, my heart sank. I dropped everything I was doing and went to pick him up early from school. As I did, I went through a mental list of how I would address what he...

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Understanding Your Child’s Behavior

Understanding Your Child’s Behavior

There are days when the whining, screaming, and yelling makes me sit back and wonder WHY?! Where did I go wrong? What did I do to create this kind of childhood for my kids? How can I fix all this? As parents our first instincts are to blame ourselves for our...

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Sensory processing disorder, what is it?

Sensory processing disorder, what is it?

Sensory Processing Disorder, put simply is the way a brain interprets the sensations applied to our body. Each of the seven senses; (see, hear, touch, taste, smell, proprioception, and vestibular stimulation) are felt in a typical body and the signal is sent to the...

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Wendy is the co-creator of Sensory Solutions and Understanding Sensory, two courses designed to empower parents with the knowledge of sensory differences. Wendy offers a unique and effective perspective to overcoming the frustrations of every day life with a child with sensory differences.

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