Sources For Therapy Products, Toys, and Equipment
You may want to start investing in some equipment to help your child with his sensory diet activities. If you comparison shop, you’ll find a wide range of prices on equipment such as mini-trampolines, sand tables, and swings. Here are some of the best resources for purchasing sensory-based items. Please note that many companies show just a limited sampling of what they sell online, so be sure to request a free print catalog. What’s more, many print catalogs include excellent advice and ideas for how to select and use various toys, products, and equipment.
eSpecial Needs –Comprehensive online resource for adaptive equipment, daily living aids, toys and other special needs equipment.
School Speciality/Integrations — An excellent source of sensory smart products, including many shown on this site!
Southpaw Enterprises — A great source of equipment, including many products pictured in the book.
Specialty Sites: Clothing, Weighted Materials and more
EZ Sox — Special training socks for kids with loops to pull up.
Fun and Function — Snug fitting shirts for children.
Hanna Andersson — Sensory-friendly clothing and excellent underwear for kids and adults.
The Honest Company – Organic health and beauty products such as diapers, sunblock, and shampoo that may be ideal for those with chemical and sensory sensitivities.
Pipsqueakers — Toddler sneakers and sandals that squeak as a child walks. If your child is a toe walker, ask them to move the squeaker under the heel.
Quilted Illusions – High quality quilted weighted blankets, vests, and lap pads.
SensaCalm – Nice weighted blankets, vests, and belts plus sensory soothing hand muffs, fidgets, safety gear and more.
SmartKnitKIDS — A large selection of seamless socks for kids and adults, including socks for under orthotics.
Soft — Supersoft clothing and socks for boys and girls. NEW: Seamless underwear!!!
SPIO Pressure Garments Very high- quality compression garments, including vests, shirts, leggings, and more.
Stitches by Anne Custom designed weighted items including vests, hats, and critters as well as and specialty neck wraps, cooling hats, rubber pants and more.
Sommerfly — Great weighted items, including weighted hand fidgets and weighted chests wraps, an alternative to weighted vests.
Squeaky Shoes – Cute shoes and sandals that squeak when the child’s heel strikes the ground, which is helpful auditory feedback for new walkers and toewalkers.
The Sensory Gallery — High-quality, machine washable weighted shoulder wraps, lap pads and blankets made with organic cotton and low-impact dyes, filled with poly pellets.
Teres Kids — Organic, seamless, supersoft clothing for boys and girls. NEW: Soft leggings with reinforced knee pads for extra durability!
Weighted Wearables Top quality weighted denim vests, lap pads with built-in fidget pockets, shoulder wraps and more.
Cozy Calm Blankets — Weighted blankets in a wide assortment of colors.
Yahoo — Free email groups for just about any interest you can imagine, including sensory issues. Type in sensory integration to find support groups for individuals with sensory processing disorder or for parents of children with SI dysfunction.
SPD Foundation — This site offers articles about professional workshops, a searchable directory to locate service providers, parent support groups, and more.
The Sensory Processing Disorder Resource Center — Information, resources, products and tips for families and professionals dealing with sensory processing disorders.
Children’s Disabilities Information — This site has several articles on SI dysfunction as well as links to resources and parent support groups for apraxia, speech delay, auditory processing, and more.
Community: Special Needs — A large site with articles and resources for preemie and adoptive parents on sensory integration and other special needs.
Center for Collaborative Problem Solving — This website will help you find a support group of parents of children who are inflexible and have a low frustration level, whether or not they have sensory issues. It will also help you find a counselor trained in the techniques described in Dr. Ross Greene’s The Explosive Child.
Apraxia-Kids — This site provides information and support to parents of children with motor planning problems, which are common in children with SI dysfunction. It also offers a listserv, message board, and local support groups for parents.
Accessible Travel – Invaluable information for travelers with disabilities, including travel agents, accessible van and equipment rental, home exchanges, cruises and more.
My Autism Team – Social network for parents of children with autism where you can share life experiences and find recommendations for specialists such as OTs, dentists, barbers, etc..
Infant Reflux Disease — Information and support for parents of children with reflux, GERD, celiac, and other feeding conditions.
Learning Disabilities – Useful explanations of various learning disabilities, from dyspraxia to dyscalculia.
Dyslexia – excellent information and resources for people with dyslexia from Dr. Fernette Eide (neurologist) and Dr. Brock Eide (primary care physician).
Early Intervention (Children Under Age Three)
Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families — An outstanding resource of information for parents and professionals, including insightful articles, parenting tips, research findings, an online bookstore, and more.
First Signs, Inc. — This organization educates parents and physicians about the early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders. The site has useful information on screening, referrals, working with EI, schools, insurers, and more.
Sense-Able Baby — Information on sensory processing development in babies.
Developmental Delay Resources — This organization and web site provide great information about conventional and holistic approaches to learning and behavioral problems.
College of Optometrists in Vision Development — Excellent articles on vision and learning, ADHD, and autism, information on vision therapy, and how to find a developmental optometrist near you.
Children’s Vision Information Network — Excellent information about a variety of vision problems, the vision-learning connection, and what to do about it.
National Center for Learning Disabilities — Invaluable information on learning disabilities, including symptoms and testing.
Autism Hangout — A wonderful resource for news and video interviews of leaders in the field of developmental challenges and autism.
Autism Collaboration — A powerful search engine for information about autism spectrum disorders.
Online Asperger Syndrome Information & Support (OASIS) — An outstanding source of information and support about Asperger Syndrome.
The Cherab Foundation — information on verbal and oral dyspraxia, why late talkers with dyspraxia do not catch up without intervention, and where to get help.
Speechville Express — helpful information about various speech/language impairments and delays, where to get help, including kids’ books that target specific sounds.
Do 2 Learn — Free line drawings you can download to make visual to-do lists for children who have difficulty with transitions.
Get Ready to Read! — This site, sponsored by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, has fun, simple activities for pre-readers with auditory processing challenges to help them better discriminate sounds and rhymes.
Math and Reading Help for Kids.Org — Great online math and reading games, teaching tips for adults, articles for kids (e.g.,”Test Jitters”), and more.
Ed Helper — Printable, fun educational materials such as word searches, coloring books,lesson plans, and more.
KidSource — Great information for parents on education, healthcare, products, and more.
Family Education — This site offers excellent homework help and fun activities to support academic work at all grade levels — from math to science to reading.
You and Your Child’s Legal Rights
Wrightslaw — A great website for learning about your child’s legal rights regarding special education, learning disabilities, and classroom accommodations for children with special needs.
ERIC Clearinghouse — The ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education is the information database for the U.S. Department of Education, providing legal and practical information on disabilities, giftedness, and special education issues.
The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates — 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20003-3027, ph. 202-544-2210. A not-for-profit group dedicated to helping parents of children with disabilities who need legal assistance. The site has a state-by-state list of links to sites with information on special education law.