Oral Sensitivities: Why My Child Chews on Pencils and Sucks on Clothing Sensory

Oral Sensitivities: Why My Child Chews on Pencils and Sucks on Clothing This post contains information regarding oral sensitivities and oral defensiveness. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. When my son was younger, Sensory Processing and Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) were almost unheard of so when he would come home with chewed up pencils, and when he sucked and chewed on his action figures...

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Learning Styles: Why “One Size Fits All” Doesn’t Work Education

Learning Styles: Why “One Size Fits All” Doesn’t Work I am sure many of you have read or heard about the “5 love languages.” I have done my own share of research on this topic and found it fascinating that each person has their own love language in both the way they show love and wish to receive love. I can only imagine the countless number...

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WANT TO IMPROVE SLOW PROCESSING? Add More Antioxidants to Your Chid’s Diet Nutrition

Antioxidants: Improves Attention, Information Processing and Retention Antioxidants. The word sounds healthy, right? It’s definitely one of those nutrients you’ve heard you’re supposed to include in your diet. However, the why might be a little less clear. They’re brought up when talking about reducing the risks of cancer and studies have begun to show that they slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. But these are...

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Primitive Reflexes: Why a Retained Spinal Galant Reflex is Mistaken for ADHD Development

Primitive Reflexes: Why a Retained Spinal Galant Reflex is Mistaken for ADHD This article contains information regarding a retained Spinal Galant Reflex. When I first began tutoring children and helping kids with learning challenges 20 years ago, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) seemed to be the common diagnosis for almost every learning challenge. If your child couldn’t sit still in school, if they couldn’t pay attention...

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Children with poor physical literacy struggle as adults Physical Literacy

Guest Blog Post AFL Team Children with poor physical literacy struggle as adults Children who never learn to read or write become adults who can’t read or write. Should we be surprised that children who never develop movement skills become inactive, uncoordinated adults? A recent CBC story and news video suggests that children’s movement skills and physical literacy have been in steady decline in recent...

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Weighted Blankets: What is a Weighted Blanket and Why does Deep Pressure help my Child? Sensory

Weighted Blankets: What is a Weighted Blanket and Why does Deep Pressure help my Child? This post contains information regarding the benefits of weighted blankets and how it can help emotional regulation. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. Whenever I think of weighted blankets for our students who have sensory issues, a little humor comes to mind as I’m reminded of a quote in the...

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Primitive Reflexes: The Culprit Behind Your Child’s Balance and Coordination Issues Development

Primitive Reflexes: The Culprit Behind Your Child’s Balance and Coordination Issues This article contains information regarding retained primitive reflexes and provides affiliate links for your convenience. Running, kicking a ball, riding a bike and sitting straight in a chair are things most kids do easily, but if a child struggles doing simple physical tasks, there might be an underlying reason that goes deeper than just...

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Sensory Processing: Why is Disciplining my Sensory Child so Hard? Sensory

Sensory Processing: Why is Disciplining my Sensory Child so Hard? This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  We love our kids with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). They give us interesting perspectives on life. And they’re our kids; how could we do anything but love them? But, let’s be honest, sometimes it’s downright hard. You can live on pins and needles, dreading whatever it is...

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Brain-Building Valentines Activities: Midline Crossing, Fine Motor, Vestibular, Visual Planning Development

Brain-Building Valentines Activities: Midline Crossing, Fine Motor, Vestibular, Visual Planning This post contains fun Valentines activities to help with your child’s learning development. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. Holidays create some of the best opportunities for learning development and learning activities. Of course, Valentines Day is no exception. As you know, we love any excuse to improve our students’ gross and fine motor...

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Cross the Midline: Crossing the Midline Exercises Using Arms and Legs for Brain Integration Development

Cross the Midline: Crossing the Midline Exercises Using Arms and Legs for Brain Integration This article contains activities to help your child cross the midline for better learning. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. As you may already know, crossing the midline is very important to your child’s learning development. It’s a key element to helping our children flourish and learn in the classroom...

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