5-4-3-2-1 Grounding Technique: Using Our Sensory System to Calm Anxiety

The 54321 grounding technique is a tool children can use when feeling anxious, stressed, and overwhelmed.  This technique can help to prevent multiple anxious thoughts from piling up by focusing on your surroundings in the present moment.   It calls for you to tap into a heightened awareness of your environment, fully taking in your five senses and grounding your thoughts to the present moment. The 54321 grounding  technique can be used to regulate emotions and calm down. It is a great strategy to teach when helping kids self-regulate. 

8 Tips To Help Kids with Autism Cope With Holiday Stress

Along with the holiday season comes bright lights, loud noises, large gatherings, and much excitement.  Routines are often disrupted to attend special events and winter vacation from school.  Home, school, and most places change in appearance with festive decorations.  Streets, stores, and neighborhoods are adorned with bright, colorful lights to celebrate this jubilant time of year.  Children who thrive on structure and routine may find all the change quite overwhelming.  Not to mention the sensory challenges that the holidays may bring.This post is about how to reduce holiday stress and meltdowns in children with autism, ADHD,  anxiety disorder, executive functioning, and sensory issues.  Therapists and educators, please share this post with your parents!

How to Create a Sensory Smart Classroom or Home

When teachers and/or parents think of how they can support the sensory needs of their students or child, they often have ideas of elaborate sensory rooms that boast expensive fancy equipment. I am here to tell you that while this is a fantastic option, it is not the only option!  You can provide meaningful sensory experiences using regular household and or classroom stuff. In this post, I will explain how to create a sensory smart classroom or home.

Sensory Processing Disorder Unveiled and Explained

In this post, I will explain what sensory processing disorder (SPD) is in simple, everyday terms. My hope is to bring insight and understanding to this very complex, often confusing, condition that many children have. About 1 in 20 children have SPD.

What Are Heavy Work Activities and Who Should Do Them?

What is heavy work? Heavy work is any type of activity that provides resistance to the body by way of pulling or pushing.  Resistance could be created by something pushing against the body like water in the swimming pool, or the body pushing against the floor such as doing push-ups.  Pulling on resistance bands, andContinue reading “What Are Heavy Work Activities and Who Should Do Them?”

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