Sensory Corner: Staying Comfortable in the Summer During Often Overstimulating Activities


[Source:  The Child Mind Institute]

By Rae Jacobson

For many kids, summer vacation holds the promise of months of school-free fun. But for children with sensory processing issues, summer can be a challenging time.

From the sand on the beach to the fireworks on the Fourth of July, the season is full of exciting but potentially difficult experiences. An unfamiliar playground, a visit to an amusement park, a messy ice cream cone: all involve sensory surprises that can be overwhelming or upsetting if a child is unusually sensitive to light, noise, and tactile sensations. But with some preparation and planning parents can help kids with sensory issues get the most out of summertime.

Study your child’s specific needs

The first step to helping a child with sensory processing issues enjoy summertime is having a strong understanding his specific needs. Sensory processing issues come in many shapes and sizes, and no two kids are exactly the same. An activity like going to the beach might be a huge treat for one child and miserable for another, depending on their individual sensitivities.

Read the Rest of this Article on The Child Mind Institute Website

Lindsay Biel (featured in this article) is the Author of Sensory Processing Challenges: Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens.  She is also the Co-author of Raising a Sensory Smart Child, foreword by Temple Grandin

You can learn more about Lindsay Biel’s work at www.


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Feel Good Video of the Week: Watch a Dog Comfort his Owner with Autism

Editor’s Note:   Please watch this powerful video that my daughter sent me last week. She is a dog lover and knows what we do here at PediaStaff.  She thought I would love it, and she was right.  I hope you like it too!


[Source: Buzz Feed]

This powerful video was posted to YouTube by Danielle Jacobs, 24, from Tempe, Arizona. It shows her dog Samson comforting her during a “meltdown”, because she wanted people to see what it’s like to have Asperger’s syndrome, one type of autism spectrum disorder.

Danielle told BuzzFeed News that she got Samson, a 4-year-old rottweiler, from HALO animal rescue in Phoenix after several evaluations and assessments.

She said: “I immediately began training him for service work for Asperger’s syndrome, PTSD, TBI, and anxiety disorder. He alerts to meltdowns, anger, depressive episodes, flashbacks and nightmares, stimming, provides balance and counterbalance, and alerts to panic attacks.”

Watch the video on BuzzFeed

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SLP Corner: Am I an SLP With a Social Communication Problem?

kenanderson[Source:  The ASHA Leader Blog (formerly ASHAsphere)]

by Ken Anderson

Have you ever pondered your social relevance, like an iPhone 5 right after the iPhone 6 comes out? Sure, you still look pretty good and have barely been used, so why is everyone already lining up to trade you in for a newer model? As a 28-year-old SLP working with junior high kids, I think about this a lot. I’m not that old and, therefore, relatively “cool” and in tune with what kids like … right?

The other day, during one of my many social skills groups, it hit me. I just might be an SLP with a social communication problem. My second realization was that I hadn’t been using the same advice I give my students. Like a broken record, I instruct my students on the rules of making and keeping friends. Week after week I serve up the same social strategies, such as find common topics of interest, initiate small talk and add relevant information.

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Study: 10-Week Reading Intervention Improves Brain Activity in Autism

[Source:  UAB News]


Ten weeks of intensive reading intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder was enough to strengthen the activity of loosely connected areas of their brains that work together to comprehend reading, University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have found. At the same time, the reading comprehension of those 13 children, whose average age was 10.9 years, also improved.

“This study is the first to do reading intervention with ASD children using brain imaging techniques, and the findings reflect the plasticity of the brain,” said Rajesh Kana, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences and the senior author on this paper. “Some parents think, if their child is 8 or 10 years old when diagnosed, the game is lost. What I stress constantly is the importance of intervention, and the magic of intervention, on the brain in general and brain connectivity in particular.”

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Patriotic July 4th Freebies

[Source:  Your Therapy Source]


Here are three FREE printables for July 4th or any patriotic day.

Practice reaction time and visual skills with the Red, White and Blue Game at

Practice visual discrimination, visual motor and figure ground skills with this July 4th Hunt and Find activity at

Practice scissors and lacing skills to make this Flag Mobile at

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