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Tip of the Week at Sensory Smart News

Each week, you can receive a practical tip on how to help children with sensory processing issues in the Sensory Smart News, written by Nancy Peske, the coauthor of the award-winning Raising a Sensory Smart Child, mom to an amazing kid with sensory issues, and advocate and educator on sensory processing disorder since 2001. Subscribe today!


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If you’re new to sensory processing disorder, also known as sensory integration dysfunction, or plain old “sensory issues,” you can learn the basics at the website for the book Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with sensory processing issues:

The book, written by a mom (me!) and an OT (Lindsey Biel), has a foreword from Temple Grandin, has won two major awards (iParenting and NAPPA), garnered rave reviews from Larry Silvers, M.D. and Mary Sheedy Kurcinka among others, and was recently updated and expanded with a new chapter on autism and sensory issues as well as more practical tips for families and for teenagers. Get the new edition today!

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The Little Sunflower by Emma Poroli

I thought this photo by a mom was a perfect visual metaphor for our kids!

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iPad, the “ultimate kids’ toy?” I think not…

A piece in a New York Times blog explains why the new $499 iPad is the “ultimate kids’ toy.”
Of course, a $499 pricetag cancels out the possibility that it could be the “ultimate kids’ toy” because bless our kids, in their creativity, quest for novelty, and exuberance, they end up dropping, drawing on, bashing, and losing their toys. I have fond memories of wrapping Barbie’s friend Allan in tape, tying string around his neck, and lowering him from our upper porch into the bushes. But let’s just pretend that your child is unnaturally respectful of a pricey piece of electronic equipment.

Yes, the iPad applications would be visually stimulating, a feast for a visual sensory seeker, and the size of the screen is much more kid friendly than an iPhone’s. But how much close-up visual input should our kids have? The blogger says it’d be great for long car trips. I remember those as a kid, and loved the opportunity to look far into the distance, to daydream about fairies and brownies who lived in the trees and bushes that made up the rich, green landscape of Wisconsin. I remember playing the alphabet game, singing camp songs or singing along to the pop songs on AM radio, and having large blocks of time to dream and imagine and to process all the ideas being thrown at me. When my son was 5 and we moved from New York to Milwaukee, he was stuck sitting in the middle of the front seat of a Budget rent-a-truck. He had only a Simon handheld game and auto bingo card as his toys and was happy as can be.

The other day, he and his buddies asked my husband to take him to the lakefront. There, they ran through the cold sand to the blocks of ice at the shore and had a blast breaking off chunks, sliding around, skipping stones, and shouting towards the horizon.
I feel certain that the ultimate kids’ toy doesn’t have batteries, and it sure doesn’t cost $499!

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