Tips for Autumn

Pinecone turkey

Halloween

Halloween can be loads of fun for kids, but truly scary for others. Consider this:

Thanksgiving Tips

Thanksgiving can be a wonderful, warm family holiday, but it can be trying for kids with sensory challenges. Here are a few tips:

Next month, we’ll have more tips for the holiday season. Meanwhile, we wish you and your entire family a very happy Thanksgiving!

Quick Tips for Sinus Comfort

Are your sinuses bothering you? Between moldy fallen leaves, dry household heating, and cold/flu season, you and your child may wind up with clogged, swollen sinuses that make you both miserable. Here are a few quick tips:

Backpacks and School Bags

Millions of children carry backpacks to school, and more than half carry too much weight, resulting in neck, shoulder, and back pain — negatively affecting their spine and posture, breathing, and resulting in fatigue. The American Occupational Therapy Association recommends that your child carry no more than 15% of his or her body weight (or less if your child has any issues with low muscle tone or strength, respiratory issues, etc.). Talk to the school about reducing backpack weights. A good place to start is by downloading the informational pdf from AOTA: Backpack Strategies for Parents and Students.

Look for lightweight versions of recommended school supplies; keep a set of duplicate textbooks at home; clarify assignments so that your child doesn’t take home all of his texts when he just needs one. Try one of the rolling backpacks, but keep in mind that your child will probably need to hoist it onto the school bus and up and down staircases.

See Raising a Sensory Smart Child for more on advocating for your child at school, handling holidays and parties, and practical solutions for issues such as grooming, dressing, picky eating, and more.

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