How to Recognize a Sensory Processing Disorder in Your Child- Drug rehab center

What a Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Looks Like

Many parents and educators have a hard time recognizing the signs and symptoms of aSensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in their child or students. Oftentimes it is seen as a behavioral issue, tantrum or discipline problem, when children with sensory issues tend to react to something in their surroundings or environment.  Sensory issues can have a direct effect on how children learn in the classroom, how they process information the teacher gives them, and what their behavior is like with other students.

How to Recognize a Sensory Processing Disorder in Your Child

It’s important to know the differences of what a sensory issue is and what it is not, especially if a child could potentially be misdiagnosed with another type of learning challenge. It could mean the difference in how to help a child and what intervention is right or wrong for their specific needs.

How to recognize the signs

Here are some helpful tips to determine whether your child is showing signs of sensory issues or if it may be another learning challenge.

What it is

What it is not

How to recognize SPD
  • A disconnection with the nervous system and the senses.
  • Does not allow the brain to receive the information it needs for everyday function.
  • Children and adults are often oversensitive to things in their environment.
  • Can’t perform daily tasks due to distraction or processing delays
  • Clumsiness, behavioral issues, anxiety, failing in school
  • May only affect one sense, like hearing or touch, or multiple senses.
  • It is not autism or ADHD, although kids struggling with these learning challenges may show signs and symptoms of sensory issues.
  • It is not a disorder “cured” or “controlled” with medication.
  • It is not an act of rebellion or a discipline issue, rather the child’s behavioral outbursts may be due to their sensitivity to certain textures, noises, tastes, or other discomforts.
  • It is not a disorder children grow out of as they become adults.
  • It is not as rare as people may think.
Signs and symptoms to watch for
  • Oversensitivity to clothes, food, certain textures, loud noises, bright light or specific smells.
  • Shows signs of poor motor skills and muscle strength
  • Sensory seeking behavior which consists of bumping into furniture or walls, high pain tolerance to hot and cold or extreme roughhousing and screaming.
  • Tantrums, outbursts or meltdowns
  • Has behavioral issues in the classroom and disrupts other students.
  • Children with SPD could be considered “daydreamers.”
  • It does not mean a child is always hypersensitive. Children with SPD may be undersensitive, which could mean they seek for activities to provide the sensory input their body needs.
  • It does not mean a child’s sensitivity is limited to one area or will remain consistent as they grow older.
  • It does not mean a child cannot learn, listen to the teacher or sit still in the classroom.
Is intervention available?
  • Actively engage children in activities that build the child’s gross and fine motor skills.
  • Find activities that calm their bodies (for example swinging)
  • Talk with an Occupational Therapist or find a center that provides movement therapy to help the child’s sensitivity.
  • Use music therapy combined with movement therapy to improve behavior, processing and sensitivity.
  • Purchase weighted blankets, weighted vests, chew toys, noise-cancelling head phones, calming music and textured objects the child enjoys.
  • SPD is often misdiagnosed with ADHD and is improperly medicated.
  • There is common misconception that no intervention is available for children and adults with SPD.
  • Children will not eventually “grow out” of a sensory disorder.
  • A “sensory diet” is not a nutritional program, rather a program that provides objects and activities as a regular “diet” plan to calm a child’s sensitivity.

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Punk Parents Blame Child’s Terrible Taste in Music on Vaccinations- Term life

As the debate between the anti-vaccination movement and the medical science community rages on, one local punk couple believes their 15-month-old son’s terrible taste in music is directly linked to the vaccinations their child received.

Deanna and Paul Melun were heartbroken after realizing their infant showed indifference to the bands they tried exposing him to, and instead preferred music specifically designed to stimulate the motor skills of young children.

“It’s a fucking conspiracy, man. More government storm troopers forcing bullshit down our throats,” said the infant’s visibly aggravated father, Paul Melun. “When Isaac was first born we would play him Leftöver Crack, Aus-Rotten and shit like that, and he would sit there and love it. But last month, we got him vaccinated, and now he shows no interest in listening to Reagan Youth at all, but he sure as hell goes nuts for the songs on that poseur-fest, Yo Gabba Gabba.”

“Anti-vaxxers,” as they are called, believe vaccinations have led to a rise in autism and other health issues, despite fierce opposition by medical professionals. Musical preference among children has not been proven to be affected by vaccines whatsoever.

“Most kids just don’t like loud, politically motivated music. It has nothing to do with modern medicine,” said pediatrician Laura Weinhorn. “Isaac will eventually develop different musical tastes and grow out of this phase. The parents, on the other hand, don’t seem like they will grow out of this at all… have they been vaccinated?”

Despite overwhelming evidence that vaccinations are beneficial to society at large, Deanna Melun still believes the vaccinations were a mistake.

 

“I don’t know anyone who has ever had whooping cough, or rubella, or whatever other made-up diseases we are supposed to believe threaten our kids. But what I do know is that whenever we are in the minivan, the only thing Isaac wants to hear is The Wiggles… and I seriously want to drive off a bridge,” said Mrs. Melun while sewing a Misfits patch onto a onesie. “Although, Rubella would be a sick band name…”

Even though their child is only 15-months old, the Meluns have already decided on homeschooling in an effort to control their child’s musical exposure.

“We are his parents. We know what is best for him,” said Mr. Melun, lighting up a cigarette.

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Gym opens to give kids with Autism,Sensory processing disorders a place to play- Drug rehab center

DERBY, N.Y. (WIVB) –  A new gym is opening in the south towns to help kids with sensory processing disorders like autism grow and learn. For two and a half year-old Odin Green, finding places for him to play can be a struggle. So his mom, Elida, drove two hours to bring him and his sister to the “We Rock The Spectrum” kids gym in Derby.

She said, “He is amazing and he needs a place where he can just be himself.” At the gym, Odin can play and Elida doesn’t have to worry. “We always apologize and we pack up after 10 minutes every where we go, because he’s upset and it’s too much for him. This is literally his occupational therapy. This is what he loves, and now I have to buy more toys,” she said.

The gym hopes to eliminate that stigma. Their slogan is, “Finally a place where you never have to say ‘I’m sorry’.” Green said, “It’s just nice to be in a place where he can be himself. Where he can yell, and he can jump and he can climb.”

The gym has 31 locations in 10 different states. CEO, Dina Kimmel whose own son has autism, started it 5 years ago. She says 1 out of 5 kids are affected by a sensory processing disorder and says the gym is needed for those kids to grow.

“It’s all occupational therapy-based equipment. It’s called a sensory gym so it works on the different parts of the body. For an autistic child, they need that to thrive,” Kimmel said.

The gym has swings, a zipline, a trampoline and monkey bars. Visitors will also find a calming room and a therapy room and classes such as yoga and dance. It’s the only program of its kind like in Western New York. Kimmel said, “Those numbers are high and they are not going anywhere. This is a neurological disorder so it’s not like the other indoor play gyms. It is for fun, but it also serves a bigger purpose.”

The gym is open to kids of all ages. Open Play Time is offered daily at $12 per child. Siblings will be discounted to $10. All Day Passes are $20. You can learn more about the program by visiting their website. 

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10 Best Sports for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder- Term life

#1 Swimming

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Swimming is great for so many reasons!  It provides sensory input in all 3 of the main areas movement in all directions (vestibular input), resistive muscle activity which provides improves body awareness (proprioception) and firm constant tactile pressure over the whole body.  It is a fun social activity and important for safety as well.  Be sure to take into consideration the noise level and unexpected splashing.  You can talk with the pool manager and find out the calmer times to come.  Often pools will have a special therapeutic swim time when the pool is warmer.

# 2 Martial Arts

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If your child is having problems with self control and aggression this may seem counter intuitive. However, martial arts teaches peace and self control while giving an outlet for physical stress and aggression in a safe and controlled way. I earned my black belt in Isshinryu Karate when I was 18.  All these years of teaching kids karate has helped me see first hand how much it builds self esteem in kids!  Martial Arts is an individual path that lets your child go at their own pace.  It is something that they will learn a tremendous amount of self control in. They will learn to control their bodies and mind.  Martial Arts schools tend to embrace your child and they become part of a big family that can last a lifetime if they wish.  From a sensory point of view it is fantastic!  Your child will get intense input to their muscles and joints with  punching, blocking and kicking exercises. There is a lot of movement in all directions and balance activities. Your child will learn how to roll with a fall and not get hurt.  When learning katas (a series of movements linked together) they will improve memory and sequencing.  Courtesy and respect are always emphasized.  Not all martial arts instructors are created equal. It is best to observe a few classes and get the vibe of the instructor and the students and make sure that they are all kind and respectful to each other.  Your child will do best with a  small class size.

#3 Wrestling

 

Wrestling is great because it has intense resistive muscle activity and is 1 on 1. This makes it much easier for your child to focus on the activity.  In addition,  there is movement in all directions and firm tactile input making this sport a winner for all 3 major sensory inputs for increasing body awareness and calming the nervous system.

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#4 Gymnastics

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Often parents have tried gymnastics intuitivley knowing it would be great , but then their child was not able to wait in line and listen to instructions.  A great option is open gym time.  Kids have the opportunity to explore equipment with supervision and they don’t have to stand and wait so much. Also consider private lessons or a smaller class size.  Gymnastics is great for providing excellent sensory input to the body.

#5 Football

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This one surprised me at first because I thought it would be too chaotic chasing after the ball until my friend who was a coach explained to me it all depends on the position. For example if you are a lineman you have one thing to focus on and that is the guy in front of you – block him!  Turns out football is a great sport for our kids with SPD!  Lots of intense input to the muscles and joints increasing (proprioception) , lots of movement in all directions and firm tactile input as well. All of this sensory input calms and organizes your child’s body helping them be successful.

#6 Yoga

 

In addition to providing the wonderful  sensory input, yoga emphasizes relaxation and being calm.  My friend Jeanette Runnings who is an OT  developed a wonderful yoga activity, “Yoga Yingo“,  that is easy to do with your child at home.  It is basically bingo with yoga poses that are kid friendly.  A lot of kids that I work with who seek intense movement do really well with inverted poses (e.g. a regular head stand or tripod head stand with knees on elbows). They are able to get intense joint compression and intense vestibular input by being upside down yet at the same time they are trying to be perfectly still and not fall over.

#7 Kayaking

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Kayaking is another wonderful activity for your child to participate in.  The gentle rocking on the water along with pulling the paddle against the water provides wonderful sensory input to the muscles and joint which is very calming. The life jacket provides a firm tactile pressure that is calming as well. Nature is a great source of peace and our kids with SPD need to have opportunities to be out in nature regularly. Check out your local places to rent kayaks. I was able to rent one for only $10/hr on beautiful Lake Chelan in WA this Summer and it sure beat having to haul it and carry it to the water.

#8 Hiking / Horseback Riding

 

So many of our kids with SPD do great with hiking and horseback riding!  Again, being out in nature itself is wonderful for all the senses. Carrying a backpack adds firm tactile pressure and joint compression which tends to be calming for a lot of kids.  Climbing up hill increases the resistive muscle activity providing more position sense (proprioception). There are ample opportunities for movement and balance challenges along the way from jumping off rocks to balancing on a log. On the horse there is a lot of movement input for balance reactions and your child gets to see the world from a whole new perspective up high.  There are many therapeutic riding programs (also called hippo-therapy)  with skilled volunteers who will either ride with your child or walk along side in order to keep your child safe.

#9 Skiing

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Skiing is very rich with sensory input. Many kids with SPD thrive with skiing since they are getting such intense sensation of fast movement, balance and feedback to their muscles and joints as they shift weight to make turns. In fact many parents are puzzled  why their kids are such good skiers and when I evaluate them we still see deficits with body awareness, core strength and balance.  The reason is that when they are skiing the “volume gets turned up” with their body senses and they are able to know exactly where they are in space giving which increases the ability to be coordinated and balanced.  Then when they are trying to sit still in a chair the “volume is turned down” and they loose their sense of body awareness and may even fall out of their chair.

#10 Dance

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If your child does not have auditory issues, I think tap dancing is a wonderful source of sensory input to the muscles and joints for position sense (proprioception).  There is so much feedback to every step they take.  Other forms of dance would be more appropriate if your child has auditory sensitivity.

Many of these activities are also available with Special Olympics. This is a great way to make friends, get a lot of family support and be in a non judgmental environment. It is also an opportunity for your child to be with kids who have even greater challenges than they do helping your child have balance and perspective in their life.

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WHY MY CHILD DOESN’T LOOK LIKE THEY HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS- Term life

I have an absolutely awesome kid who has worked hard to learn how to manage many of his special needs. Throughout his life, people have offhandedly commented something like “He seems perfectly normal,” which honestly diminishes how much he has struggled (as well as the rest of the family) and how hard he has worked to get where he is.

 

WHY MY CHILD DOESN’T LOOK LIKE HE HAS SPECIAL NEEDS

1. KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS DON’T NECESSARILY LOOK DIFFERENT

Just because a child may have special needs doesn’t mean he or she will look any different than you or I. A lot of children with special needs look just like any other average, typical child. This is called an invisible disability. There are many many adults and children who have invisible disabilities, our job is to be more aware of this and to be compassionate and inclusive.

2. WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW OR SEE

My children may not look like they have special needs, but there are plenty of things that many people don’t know or see. People don’t see the behavior problems, the sensory problems, the constipation problems, the hours it takes at each meal to get my son to eat, the times where he has a meltdown because we can’t understand what he’s saying, and so much more. There are plenty of things that people can’t see, but they are all a part of his special needs.

For my daughter, there are also many things that people can’t see just by looking at her. She has a feeding tube that might not always be visible and no one sees the hours of time spent at multiple specialist’s offices. I get told a lot that she looks great and that they don’t understand why she needs a feeding tube. What isn’t understood is that the reason she looks great is because of the feeding tube. That feeding tube probably saved her life and continues to do so every day.

3. WHAT HAPPENS AT HOME

People think my children “look” or seem normal because they see my child for a short time. In that short time they may be doing great. We’ve had family members come spend a day with us in the past and they tell us nothing seems wrong with our kids. The point is that they are only seeing on single day in their lives,  not seeing the whole overall picture.

My son has good days and bad days. Some days he does great, other days are very hard for him. Home is a safe place for him so the majority of the behavior and other problems he has happen at home. So just because you may see my child out and about for 10 or 20 minutes of that day and they look fine, doesn’t mean that they don’t have special needs.

4. THERAPY

I saved this point for last because this is the most important to me and my family. We’ve been told that my son is a perfect example of a child who got early intervention. My son has been in therapy since he was 12 months old, my daughter started therapy at that the early age of three months old. They both have workedextremely hard to get to where they are today and to what you see as “normal.”

You don’t see my kids “looking” like they have special needs because of the early interventions, because of our advocacy for them, and because of the hours and hours of hard work they did in therapy. I look back and remember where my son was three years ago, and I am amazed at how far he has come. I look at my daughter and watch her improvement in walking, eating ,and sensory awareness each and every week in therapy and I am amazed.

When you see my kids, please know that they “look” normal because instead of playing with friends they were in therapy. Because we advocated for them and spent hours dealing with doctors and insurance companies so they could be where they are today. Instead of going on playdates or hanging out with other moms I was working with our kids at home and taking them to therapy. Special needs parents sacrifice so much and my kids are an example of that.

My kids may “look” normal, but when I look back to see where they were, I am so grateful. I am so proud of my kids and so proud of how far they have come.

The next time you see a special needs child that doesn’t “look” like they have special needs, I hope you remember that the reason for that is because of how far they have come and because of all the hard work it has taken to get that point.

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Dr. Temple Grandin Speaks About Sensory Issues And Sensitivities- Term life

Dr. Temple Grandin talks about various sensory issues and their need to be accommodated. She is such an inspiration, not just for those on the Autism spectrum but for parents of kids with Sensory Processing Disorder as well.

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HOW TO STAY CALM DURING YOUR CHILD’S MELTDOWN- Term life

If you’ve ever experienced a sensory meltdown, then you know it’s not as simple as a child having a tantrum. Do you ever wonder how to stay calm when you feel the exact opposite?

Kids who are in the throws of a meltdown aren’t acting out because they didn’t get something they want. Instead, they are physically and/or emotionally overwhelmed and incapacitated by something.

Today I’m welcoming Angela from Parents with Confidence to share her tips on how to stay calm during your child’s meltdown for my series Voices of Special Needs.

How to Stay Calm During Your Childs Meltdown

HOW TO STAY CALM DURING YOUR CHILD’S MELTDOWN

If you are the parent of a child with sensory processing difficulties you know how extremely draining and frustrating it is to observe a sensory meltdown. I can honestly say dealing with sensory meltdowns is one of the most stressful things I’ve ever experienced (and that’s sayin’ something people – trust me). If you’ve done your research and are familiar with Sensory Processing Disorder you know that meltdown’s are not behavioral. That is – they are not a means to an end for the child, despite the fact that they are often misinterpreted as such.

Sensory meltdowns are completely out of the child’s control and are a result of a very overwhelmed nervous system.

When our children have difficultly modulating sensory input, their sympathetic nervous system is triggered and sets of a ‘fight or fight’ response. When your child is in fight or flight there is nothing you can do for them aside from containing them to a safe environment and STAYING CALM. The importance of staying calm can’t be reiterated enough. During a sensory meltdown a child feels internally out of control. We need to be the source of control, calm and quiet for them.

To say that this is easier said than done is a major understatement. Even when we know these behaviors are unintentional and uncontrollable they are still EXTEMELY FRUSTRATING to deal with. The child is most likely engaging in some combination of screaming, crying, running, flailing, banging, hitting, kicking, biting ect… which may or may not be directed at you.

These behaviors illicit a strong response from adults – remaining neutral and calm takes forethought and strategizing. After surviving many meltdowns (just barely) I have narrowed in on these coping techniques, as the ones that have been the most helpful.

1. TALK TO YOURSELF

Remind yourself of the basic premise of sensory meltdowns: your child is in fight or flight and no longer has the ability to use reason or logic. Your child is now operating out of the emotion center of the brain (amygdala) and most likely can not understand you. The best thing you can do is to KEEP THEM SAFE and STAY CALM. You don’t have the ability to control what is happening with your child. The only thing you have the ability to control at this point is yourself. 

Learn Jenny’s personal trick on how to stay calm during your kiddo’s sensory meltdowns. (Hint: It’s in how you talk to yourself.)

2. LET IT GO

Your breath that is. The behaviors your child is engaging in are very frustrating and are going to cause your blood pressure to rise and your frustration level to shorten as a result. Taking repetitive deep breaths is the quickest way to physiologically calm your body down, and decrease the release of stress hormones. Slow calm breaths will allow YOU to continue thinking from the logical part of your brain (pre-frontal cortex) and not from the emotion center of the brain (amygdala) where your child is functioning out of currently.

Give Your Child the Tools to Manage Their own Meltdown | The Jenny Evolution

3. GET IN THE ZONE

As a parent, it is heartbreaking that there is very little you can do to help your child in their discomfort. It is very apparent how uncomfortable the child is and we’d do anything to help relieve some of their pain. When I find myself staying fully present for an lengthy meltdown, it is inevitable I will get emotional. This usually tends to derail my intended response (to stay calm and quiet) and doesn’t help demonstrate for my child that I am in control. The only full proof way to not get emotionally invested is to ZONE OUT. Check out. Disengage mentally and emotionally. Let your mind go elsewhere (as long as your child is safe and contained) for a while and you’ll be much more likely to remain in control.

4. GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK

When all else fails and you feel your tension rising too high- give yourself permission to take a break. If you are lucky your child will be ok with this (in my case my child always wants in her proximity), but they very well may not be. Regardless of their initial reaction, leaving to gather yourself and calm down is a much better alternative than staying and losing your temper verbally or physically.

Learning to respond to a sensory meltdown in a helpful and productive way takes effort and practice. Be patient with yourself, and make sure you can unwind in some way afterwards. Don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back and a thumbs up for working hard to do what’s best for your sensory kiddo. Having a kid with sensory issues is not easy, and you are a great parent.

 

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My Son Has the Kind of Autism No One Talks About- Term life

Like most parents of children with autism, I have been reading about the family in California who is being sued by several families in their neighborhood. The lawsuitcontends that their child is a public nuisance because of his behaviors that his parents failed to fix.

One of the plaintiffs in this case stated “This is not about autism. This is about public safety.”

But he is wrong. This is absolutely about autism. It’s just not about the autism people hear about.

The media shows us all of the feel-good stories, like the child with autism who gets to be the manager of the high school basketball team, or the boy with autism who goes to the prom with the beautiful girl, or the girl with autism who is voted onto the homecoming court. We light it up blue every April and pat ourselves on the back for being so aware.

But we aren’t aware.

Because for every boy with autism who manages his high school basketball team, there are 20 boys with autism who smear feces. And for every girl with autism who gets to be on the homecoming court, there are 30 girls with autism who pull out their hair and bite their arms until they bleed. And for every boy with autism who gets to go the prom, there are 50 boys with autism who hit and kick and bite and hurt other people.

This is the autism that no one talks about. This is the autism that no one wants to see.

We aren’t aware.

One of the plaintiffs said “We’re not upset about him being autistic. We are concerned and upset about his violence (toward) our children.”

There is no way to be upset by this child’s behaviors and not be upset about autism.

Autism and behaviors go hand-in-hand. Why? The behaviors are communication. Individuals with autism often can’t communicate in a way that typically functioning people can understand. So they do things to get their needs met. And often the things they do are scary and violent.

We aren’t aware.

My son, who is the same age as the child in this story, was extremely aggressive when he was younger. He did all of the things that the child involved in this lawsuit did. My son ran after other children on the playground just to push them down. He hit. He kicked. He bit. He pulled hair. And I never knew what was coming. For the longest time, I would flinch when he ran up to me…I didn’t know whether he was going to hug me or hit me. Can you imagine, as a mom, what that’s like? To flinch when your child runs to you?

We aren’t aware.

Because I didn’t know what my son was going to do to other children, we stopped going to the park. We stopped going to the Mommy and Me class at the library. We started going to the grocery store at 6:00 a.m. when most people weren’t around. He didn’t go to daycare but had a sitter at home so he wouldn’t be around other kids in a daycare setting. I essentially isolated him in order to keep other people safe. Can you imagine what it’s like to be a mom and not be able to take your child to the park? Or have your child attend birthday parties? Or have play dates?

We aren’t aware.

Because of my need to isolate my son, I also isolated myself too. I watched from my window as other moms in the neighborhood sat in their camp chairs and chatted while their children played. I couldn’t join them because my son couldn’t be around the other kids. Once a mom asked if my son could come to their house and play with her son. Can you imagine what it was like to feel so excited and then feel so ashamed when, after explaining my son’s issues to her so she would be aware, that invitation was rescinded?

We aren’t aware. Not at all.

But we can be. We can open our eyes and understand that autism isn’t all about the high functioning child who is “quirky” but OK to be around. Autism isn’t all about the six-year-old who can play Piano Man better than Billy Joel. Autism can be hard. Autism can be sad. Autism can be messy. Autism can be violent. Autism can be isolating.

Once we become really aware, lawsuits like this won’t happen. Why? Because instead of putting blue lights on our front porches, we will go outside with our kids and we will help them play together…typically functioning kids and kids with autism. We will get to know our neighbors and we will embrace the children with behaviors and embrace their parents along with them.

We will learn what things trigger our child’s classmate who has autism so that we can help the children interact while avoiding things that will cause aggression. We will be a true village, including those who can model appropriate behaviors and those who are trying so hard to learn them. We will work on teaching our children not to hit and how to avoid being hit.

The parents involved in this lawsuit, on both sides, need to do more. More education, more understanding, more inclusion and more involvement.

Now tell me, is autism the real public nuisance?

We can become aware … if we really want to.

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The Difference Between Sensory Processing Issues and ADHD- Term life

Constantly fidgeting and squirming. Invading personal space. Melting down in public. These can be signs of both ADHD and sensory processing issues. While they’re different issues, they have some overlap and can occur together. This table breaks down some of the key differences between ADHD and sensory processing issues.

ADHD Sensory Processing Issues
What it is A biological condition that makes it hard for many children to concentrate and sit still. An over- or undersensitivity to sensory input such as sights, sounds, flavors, smells and textures.
Signs you may notice
  • Seems daydreamy or confused
  • Appears not to listen
  • Is prone to tantrums and meltdowns due to lack of impulse control
  • Struggles with organization and completing tasks
  • Gets easily bored unless an activity is very enjoyable
  • Has trouble following directions
  • Struggles to sit still during quiet activities
  • Is impatient and has trouble waiting his turn
  • Is constantly moving
  • Fidgets and needs to pick up and fiddle with everything
  • Interrupts people and blurts things out inappropriately
  • Doesn’t understand the consequences of his actions
  • Plays roughly and takes physical risks
Oversensitivity:

  • Has trouble focusing; can’t filter out distractions
  • Dislikes being touched
  • Notices sounds and smells that others don’t
  • Has meltdowns, flees or becomes upset in noisy, crowded places
  • Fears for his safety even when there’s no real danger
  • Has difficulty with new routines, new places and other change
  • Shifts and moves around because he can’t get comfortable
  • Is very sensitive to the way clothing feels

Undersensitivity:

  • Constantly needs to touch people or things
  • Has trouble gauging others’ personal space
  • Seem clumsy or uncoordinated
  • Shows a high tolerance for pain
  • Plays roughly and takes physical risks
Possible emotional and social impact Trouble following social rules can make it hard to make and keep friends. Frequent negative feedback for acting out or not paying attention can impact self-esteem and motivation, making a child feel he’s “bad” or “no good.” Feeling anxious in or avoiding crowded and noisy places can make it hard to socialize. Peers may avoid or exclude an undersensitive child because he plays too roughly or doesn’t respect their personal space.
Professionals who can help
  • Pediatricians, developmental behavior pediatricians, nurse practitioners, psychiatrists: Diagnose ADHD and prescribeADHD medication. Psychiatrists will look for other issues like anxiety.
  • Clinical child psychologists: Provide behavior therapy to teach kids skills to manage their actions and interactions. Provide cognitive behavioral therapy to help with emotional issues related to their ADHD. Diagnose ADHD and mental health issues that may co-occur, such as anxiety. May also evaluate for learning issues.
  • Pediatric neuropsychologists:Diagnose ADHD and common mental health issues that may co-occur, such as anxiety. May also evaluate for learning issues.
  • Educational therapistsand organizational coaches: Work on organization and time management skills.
  • Occupational therapists:Help kids learn coping skills for challenging situations. Provide sensory integration therapy that helps kids respond to sensory input in an appropriate way.
  • Clinical child psychologists: Provide behavior therapy to teach kids skills to manage their actions and interactions. Provide cognitive behavioral therapy to help with emotional issues related to their sensory processing issues. Diagnose ADHD and mental health issues that may co-occur with sensory processing issues. May also evaluate for learning issues.
  • Developmental behavioral pediatricians: Prescribe medication for anxiety to relieve panic responses.
What the school may provide Accommodations under a 504 plan or an IEP. Child might be eligible for an IEP under the category of “other health impairment.” Examples might include:

  • Extended time on tests, including standardized tests
  • A seat close to the teacher and away from distractions
  • A larger, more private work space to get work accomplished
  • A signal, nonverbal cue or picture card to get the child’s attention
  • Long assignments broken into smaller chunks
  • Worksheets with fewer questions
  • Written or picture schedules for daily activities
  • Movement breaks
Accommodations and/or occupational therapy, under a 504 plan or an IEP. Child might be eligible for an IEP under the category of “other health impairment,” especially if he also has ADHD. Examples of accommodations might include:

  • A seat away from distracting sources of noise
  • Sensory breaks
  • Physical activity to help regulate emotions, behavior and need for movement
  • Noise-canceling headphones or ear buds to reduce stimulation in busy places like assemblies
  • A chair that is a good fit for him so he can put his feet flat on the floor and rest his elbows on the desk
  • An inflated cushion or pillow so he can both squirm and stay in his seat
What you can do at home
  • Set rules and stick to them to help your child think before acting.
  • Create daily routines and rituals to provide structure.
  • Break tasks into smaller chunks.
  • Use visual prompts like checklists, visual schedules and sticky notes to help your child focus, stay organized and get things done.
  • Allow for breaks during homework and study time.
  • Create an organized homework and study area.
  • Help organize his backpack and check that it’s cleaned out regularly.
  • Give advance warning about changes in the schedule and explain what he can expect in new situations.
  • Track your child’s behavior patterns so you can anticipate tough situations for him.
  • Prepare your child for social gatherings or new situations so he knows what to expect.
  • Keep earplugs or ear buds handy.
  • Find outlets for your child’s energy such as exercise routines, sports or music.
  • Teach your child about dangerous situations he may not be sensitive to, such as bitter cold and burning heat.
  • Buy divided plates if he’s bothered when different foods touch.
  • Install and use dimmer switches or colored bulbs to modify lighting.
  • Shop with your child so he can pick out clothes that are comfortable for him.
  • Look for tagless, seamless clothes in super-soft fabrics.

Learn more about how ADHD is diagnosed and how to avoid ADHD trouble spots. Find outhow to manage tantrums and meltdowns—and how to tell the difference between them. And get more strategies for helping kids with sensory processing issues at home.

Author :Peg Rosen

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Some Psychologists Say ADHD Sufferers Are Actually ‘Indigo Children’- Term life

A rising number of American psychologists have suggested that children who are diagnosed as suffering from ADHD or ADD may actually be “Indigo Children” who possess special psychic powers. 

Since the 1990’s, a growing number of medical professionals have dismissed the traditional ADHD diagnoses associated with long-term social and behavioral health problems, and have instead sided with their parents who insist that they possess supernatural powers.

Critics argue that not treating children with ADD and ADHD can lead to long-term social and behavioral health problems.

VICE’s Gavin Haynes heads to New York to meet with grown Indigo Children born in the 1990s to understand more about the movement and to find out how they feel about their unorthodox upbringing and perceived psychic gifts.

On his journey for answers, Haynes has his aura read, undergoes a holistic dentistry examination by a mother and daughter Indigo pair, and meets the rap duo The Underachievers, who preach Indigoism as a way of life through their music.

How to recognise an Indigo Child

What are the behavioral patterns of Indigos?

  • They are born feeling and knowing they are special and should be revered.
  • An indigo knows they belong here as they are and expect you to realize it as well.
  • These children are more confident and have a higher sense of self-worth.
  • Absolute authority, the kind with no choices, negotiation, or input from them does not sit well. The educational system is a good example.
  • Some of the rules we so carefully followed as children seem silly to them and they fight them.
  • Rigid ritualistic systems are considered archaic to an indigo child. They feel everything should be given creative thought.
  • They are insightful and often have a better idea of method then what has been in place for years. This makes them seem like “system busters.”
  • Adults often view an indigo as anti-social unless they are with other indigos. Often they feel lost and misunderstood, which causes them to go within.
  • The old control methods like, “Wait till your father gets home,” have no affect on these children.
  • The fulfillment of their personal needs is important to them, and they will let you know.

These are the characteristics of an indigo as stated in The Care and Feeding of Your Indigo Child:

  • Strong willed
  • Born in 1978 or later
  • Headstrong
  • Creative, with an artistic flair for music, jewelry making, poetry, etc.
  • Prone to addictions
  • An “old soul” as if they’re 13 going on 43
  • Intuitive or psychic, possibly with a history of seeing angels or deceased people
  • An isolationist, either through aggressive acting-out or through fragile introversion
  • Independent and proud, even if they’re constantly asking you for money
  • Possess a deep desire to help the world in a big way
  • Wavers between low self-esteem and grandiosity
  • Bores easily
  • Has probably been diagnosed as having ADD or ADHD
  • Prone to insomnia, restless sleep, nightmares, or difficulty/fear of falling asleep
  • Has a history of depression, or even suicidal thoughts or attempts
  • Looks for real, deep, and lasting friendships
  • Easily bonds with plants or animals.

If you possess 14 or more of these traits you are an indigo. If you possess 11 to 13, you’re probably an indigo in training. If you’re an adult with these traits you could be a “lightworker.”

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