Tuesday, August 2, 2016
In summer, electrical storms can be common. Too common for people who have a fear of loud, sharp noises, lightning or storms. There are things we can do to reduce the fear, which is more common in children and pets (perhaps they are more sensitive).
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Have you ever heard the holiday song of I m bored! or its cousin, There s nothing to to. If you have, excellent! You are creating an environment for creativity. Now, is the tough part: Giving creativity a chance to grow.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Behaviours are affected by the environment, our thoughts, emotions, physiology. . . so many things to consider. It can be overwhelming when trying to make changes. It also gives us lots of opportunity to change minor and major habits and addictions.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
I was always in a quandry - I knew sunshine was the best way to get vitamin D, one of the happiness vitamins but I also knew that sunblock, an apparent necessity, also prevented vitamin D.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
The #1 action a doctor recommended we take to encourage health. This is the third and final of this series based on a conversation I had with a doctor. This suggestion came as a surprise after the commonly suggested #2 get more exercise & #3 eat healthy.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
This is a reminder that small actions can pay dividends. For example, most of us take for granted our ability to keep balance when moving. For those of us without great balance or who are aging (and we all are), we should hone that skill. And we can.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
A casual conversation with a doctor revealed three tips for healthier kids (and adults). This article focuses on her third tip and shares ideas on how we can improve our health.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Do you end up doing the exact thing you don t want to do? Do your kids do exactly what you tell them not to do? Perhaps we have the wrong approach. Perhaps instead of requesting the wanted behaviour, we are encouraging the wrong behaviour,
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
What a pleasant surprise! Last week s issue became a 2-parter when Andrea Wuetherick, OT, wanted to share some very relevant information. This issue goes deeper into fidget options.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
If you have an antsy child who just cannot sit still, or perhaps you have trouble going to a movie or a play because it is too long, think about what can be done before or during that would help regulate and make sitting easier. We have tips for you!
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Whether the economy is in a boom or bust, there are some characteristics and habits that are always welcome in the workplace and in social circumstances. We have a few listed for you to enjoy.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Dental work is not on the top 10 list of things kids like to do but that is especially true for kids with sensory issues. Since trips to the dentists aren t optional, we share tips with you on how to set up the appointments for success.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Most of us love the idea of having time for more sleep but, let s be real: There is too much to do every day. However, stats show there are changes we can make that will give us more time to sleep. Read on and find out.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Last week we offered info in hopes of convincing you WHY you have to give yourself more sleep - it is a necessity, not a luxury. This week, we give tips on how to get the best quality sleep for the time you spend in bed.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Sometimes we get so caught up in life, we forget about the basics. But without having a great foundation, everything else is unstable. Remember to first meet your body s foundational needs. The rest will come easier.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Do you have someone in your life who has the need to chew on something or everything? Perhaps chewing isn t the issue but sucking is. Wet clothes, stretched out necklines and sleeves are commonplace in your home. Both oral issues are discussed here.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
We all know that we need to identify our feelings but what happens then? What happens after we acknowledge we are angry because we are hurt because we weren t invited to be part of a group. Read more for some suggestions.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
While there are an endless number of parenting books, sometimes the bulk of it can be boiled down to a few ideas. This article is about a very simplified philosophy that was a useful framework for me (Diane).
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Humour makes life easier, for those who enjoy a good sense of humour. It was believed that people on the autism spectrum didn t have a sense of humour. Do you think that is true?
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Today s article is about a win-win-win situation. A Canadian not-for-profit reduces harmful toxins from going to the landfill, reuses hard-to-find minerals, creates employment AND supports charities. What s not to love?
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
In this issue, I propose there is something that trumps striving for quality when one is in fact, striving for quality.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Connecting fingers and brain can put the brain and body on high alert, as is the case of gaming, or it can let the mind wander and the body relax, as in the case of handiwork. There are lots of crafty ideas for girls but what about for boys?
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
How do you feel about Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue campaign for autism awareness and for the blue puzzle piece as a symbol of autism?
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
What did you learn after you got your new pet? Was is a warm fuzzy surprise or a wish-I-had-known-that surprise? Is it something other people should know before they get a pet? if it is, please tell us about it.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Do you love podcasts? If you do, we want to hear about them! And why you like them. We also want to hear about any that you don t like and why. Are there any you would recommend? Share your knowledge with those just joining the podcast movement.
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2014-09-05 07:29:51

Here are a few of my favorite websites that discuss SPD and sensory strategies:
•Your Kids Table: http://www.yourkidstable.com/p/sensory-basics.html
•Sensory Smarts: http://sensorysmarts.com/sensory_diet_activities.html
•Minds In Bloom: http://www.minds-in-bloom.com/2012/04/advice-from-ot-if-you-want-children-to.html
•Marc’s Sensory Oasis: sensory http://www.marclandry.ca/Marcs_Sensory_Oasis/Welcome.html
•Sensory Street: http://www.sensorystreet.com/free_downloads.html
•Sensory bin: http://www.yourkidstable.com/2012/06/ultimate-list-of-sensory-bin-ideas.html
•Sensawee Play: http://www.sensaweeplay.com/home.htm

Ashley. OT - Kenora, ON

Diane Luzny
2014-09-12 06:27:59

Excellent suggestions, Ashley. Thanks.

I don't want your list to be lost at the end of this page so I will also have it reposted on the 'Creating a Successful School Year' page for others to see and use.

Diane from InnovAID

Anonymous
2014-09-02 20:09:35

Diane,

Some of the best ideas come from parents who have children that are dealing with the same or similar issues. I look forward to additional comments and information. We have made several sensory purchases. One of the favourites was the vibrating water brush. Sorry to say that the temptation to take it apart, quickly lead to it's destruction. While not a crazy expense, not willing to keep purchasing when my boy will break it so quickly. That is however one of the several vibration items that he actively chose to do.

Leslee

Diane Luzny
2014-09-12 06:34:09

I agree, Leslee, parents do have wonderful ideas. Their love for their child or children is the best reason for searching long and hard for great ideas and testing them. Have you found any websites or groups that have been especially helpful to you?

Thanks for the comment about the vibrating water brush. It was perfectly timed as we wanted to thank you for your detailed comment about weighted blankets but, sadly, couldn't give you a weighted blanket to show our appreciation.

The vibrating water brush will soon be on its way to you.

Diane from InnovAID

Anonymous
2014-08-12 08:27:24

Diane, thanks for the link to your blog. I enjoyed talking to you this morning, thank you for the wonderful customer service. I hope to become a regular reader here to gain ideas to share with my families.
- Jenny RM

Anonymous
2014-08-12 16:49:24

Hi Jenny,
Good to talk with you too and thank you for your compliment about our customer service.

FYI, there are still a couple of samples of the Wee Targets left, if you want to leave a comment on that page.

If you do, please sign in. The blog will only show your name and not your contact info but that way I will have a way of contacting you if your forget to sign your name at the bottom. I think you only need to register once.

When "Your package has been mail" email is sent, I will also have our free reports attached (if it doesn't happen, please remind me). The reports are quick to read, practical and made for sharing.

Diane from InnovAID

Anonymous
2014-08-12 16:55:43

So much for that theory. I came up as Anonymous and can't see where I can add my name for this posting.

Guess there is still more to learn about having a blog. :-)

Diane from InnovAID

Anonymous
2014-07-12 14:02:57

Hi Diane,
What a great idea. Parents could see ideas that other parents have tried (whether they worked or not) for sensory, behavior etc. I think just living with a teenager could be reason enough to receive an award!
You guessed it mom of a teenager with sensory and other issues.
Caroline

Anonymous
2014-07-12 15:05:45

Caroline, thanks for being the first to leave a message on the blog. You are the winner of a surprise R 'n R package just because you shared.
Please check in throughout the summer and if you think of something that adds stress to your life, please leave another comment or on any of the future questions.
Have a great summer.
Diane (InnovAID)

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