Things your Speech Therapist wants you to know #2 It's OK to cry in sessions (AKA We are aware you have emotions)

Originally published on Nov. 21, 2017. Working in the areas of Complex Needs and Feeding has been an emotional education for me. Until you work with people who are needing to recalibrate their lives in the face of overwhelming circumstance, whilst learning how to apply the advice of several...

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The Tactile System and Your Child's Behaviour- Oversensitivity

Originally published on Nov. 19, 2017. So, in my last post I explained a little about how the tactile system is structured. How do differences in the way your child processes touch sensation show up in their behaviour? Your child's sensory processing tendency may be towards over-sensitivity...

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Things Your Speech Therapist Wants You To Know #1 This is What Progress Looks Like

Originally published on Nov. 14, 2017. So many of the lessons I have learned working in the area of complex needs, communication and feeding therapy, are life lessons really. What a privilege and an education, that a family lets you learn these lessons with them and from them, and then in...

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The Touch Processing System

Originally published on Nov. 12, 2017. This article will be looking at the touch processing system in a bit of detail. If you're anything like me, you like to know why something works before you'll do it. So this introduction to the touch system will give the background to future articles...

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Things We Love #4 'We Speak PODD'

Originally published on Nov. 7, 2017. Today I am wandering away from feeding to talk about communication (yes, I do work on that too!). This week's 'Thing We Love', or more accurately, 'People We Love' is the Facebook page and Youtube Channel, 'We Speak PODD'. For anyone unfamiliar, PODD...

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Higher or Lower? Understanding your child's sensory processing tendencies

Originally published on Nov. 6, 2017. In a previous post, we've talked a little about three of the 7 sensory systems that your child uses to help make sense of their bodies, learn to move and have appropriate emotional responses to their environment. These posts are focussing on the...

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Things We Love #3 The Kids' Guide to Staying Awesome and in Control

Originally published on Oct. 31, 2017. Today's 'Thing We Love' is something for Parents (or Professionals) with children with sensory needs, or difficulty with regulating emotion for other reasons. It gives children and adults great ways of describing how their bodies feel (like 'fast and...

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Sitting at the table when your child needs to move

Originally published on Oct. 30, 2017. So many of the children I see with feeding struggles have sensory needs, either with or without other developmental and physical issues. Sensory issues are a big topic, and not to be covered in just one post. So, this being a feeding-related blog, I...

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Things We Love #2 Cerebra

Originally published on Oct. 25, 2017. Today I'm spreading the word about a great charity that I mention to so many Parents, Cerebra. No-one ever seems to have heard of them, and yet they do such great work. To name a few: A free toy and book library, support services around sleep,...

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Eating sense-ably

Originally published on Oct. 23, 2017. Eating is a massively sensory-rich activity. So many of the eating and drinking challenges I work with every day have a sensory component. So why would sensory processing have an impact on eating? Your body takes in and processes (at least 7) types of...

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