Obama Signs Autism CARES Bill to Support the Needs of People with Autism

Last month, President Obama signed into law the bipartisan Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act, or Autism CARES Act of 2014, into law. Autism CARES, which reauthorizes the Combating Autism Act, continues important investments in research, prevalence monitoring and services for both children and adults on the autism spectrum. CLICK HERE: President Obama…

Writing Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives

Book: Writing Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives By Barbara D. Bateman, Cynthia M. Herr A guide to quick and effective writing of accurate and measurable IEP goals and objectives. IEPs are necessary, required by law and when done properly can be extremely helpful in guiding the student’s educational trajectory. This book, written by two of the…

School and Sensory Processing Disorder: Get Set for Success

For most kids, sensory processing occurs without conscious thought and these skills are automatic. But for some kids, sensory information goes into the brain but does not get organized into appropriate responses. For some of these children, school is a place they dislike. Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is an increasingly common diagnosis, with a wide…

Teaching Self Calming Skills

“Self calming training takes only a few minutes a day but it’s important that you focus on it daily with a child until you see the child beginning to take hold of the techniques. Not only can it prevent challenging behavior moments in the future, but it is an essential skill for success at school,…

Understanding Your Child’s Sensory Signals

Book: Understanding Your Child’s Sensory Signals: A Practical Daily Use Handbook for Parents and Teachers By Angie Voss OTR The 2nd edition is now available! New cover and new interior format! Now including 210 of the most common sensory signals with double the content and many more ideas to help! This practical, daily application handbook is…

What You Missed in August on The Sensory Spectrum

With the closing of August, I want to extend a very warm welcome to The Sensory Spectrum’s newest followers. I’m glad you’ve joined our sensory community. And I’m so grateful to my dedicated followers. I love reading your comments and emailing back and forth. Your feedback makes me want to find even more inspiring and…

13 OT Mini Trampoline and Bosu Ball Exercises for Kids

As many of you know, we keep a mini trampoline in our TV room. Yep, it’s pretty much there year round. We also keep a Bosu Ball in the basement so the kids have easy access when they’re playing down there. These two pieces of exercise equipment are awesome for children with Sensory Processing Disorder…

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