Enter to win a $25 gift card from Fun & Function!

Christmas Giveaway: Fun & Function!

Give three cheers! Fun and Function, maker of awesome things to help our sensory kids cope, has a giveaway just for you. They’re offering a $25 gift card! What would you want to spend it on? Oh, that will be hard to choose. They’ve got many great products your child will enjoy.

Enter to win a $25 gift card from Fun & FunctionThe gel tiles look great for a winter wiggle break. Hug tees sound like a great way to get sensory pressure in a fashionable way. Chewy bracelets offer a discreet way to meet the need to chew.

If you need help deciding, browse their gift guide for young children through adults! In fact, that is how you enter. Head on over to their gift guide and poke around. Then come back and leave a comment telling me what you’d spend your gift card on. That’s it! And guess what! Since this is a gift card, there’s not limitation based on where you live.

Ready to browse and get a wish list going? Click here!

Remember to come back and leave your comment saying which goodie you’d spend your gift card on. Want a bonus entry? Fill out the form below to get a freebie from me and subscribe to my newsletter. Leave a separate comment if you are already a subscriber or you fill out the form now. You want to make sure you get both entries. 🙂

This giveaway closes Monday, December 19th at 8:59pm EST. A random generator will be used to select a winner. Winner will be contacted via email with their gift card code. THANK YOU to Fun & Function for providing this giveaway!

Dental Challenges for Special Needs Kids

February celebrates National Children’s Dental Health Month, raising awareness about oral health.

The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend children see a dentist before their first birthday. Even at this young age, the dentist can examine the child and provide valuable information on feeding habits, teething, and proper oral hygiene. The earlier, the better.

Unfortunately, with the continued rise in statistics of those children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), we now have a growing number of children that are not getting the routine dental care and attention they need. Children with special needs have higher rates of poor oral hygiene, gingivitis, and periodontal disease than the general public. Parents identify preventive dental care as the most prevalent of these children’s unmet health care needs.

According to the CDC, many special needs children with ASD/SPD suffer with pain in their mouth due to untreated oral health issues. There is a lack of proper oral hygiene and dental care at a young age, and the children are more susceptible to dental disease as they get older.

One may ask—why? (more…)

Learn about Sensitive Sam Visits the #Dentist! via jennyherman.com

Sensitive Sam Visits the Dentist

Marla Roth-Fisch is a Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) advocate, but more importantly, she’s an SPD parent. She knows what parents face when their child has sensory issues. That makes her new book, Sensitive Sam Visits the Dentist extra valuable, because you know she’s writing from experience.

A few years ago, Marla Roth-Fisch wrote Sensitive Sam, and Dr. J loved it. The sequel helps sensory kids feel more comfortable about dental visits. What will you find inside? Help.

  • A picture book you can read to your younger children and readers can enjoy solo. Your children will enjoy the bright colors as well as the spot where their finger can show the car where to drive.
  • A social story to prepare your child for the oft-dreaded dentist appointment. You may want to encourage your child to watch Sam’s facial expression to see if it changes through the book. Your child will like knowing he’s not the only one afraid of the dentist.
  • 5 pages of tips for caregivers from dentists
  • 14 pages of tips from special needs parents and therapists

Just like My Friend with Autism, I absolutely love that Sensitive Sam Visits the Dentist gives you more bang for your ever-stretched buck! You get not only a valuable social story, but also myriad tips to help you help your anxious child. Depending on your dentist, you might even be able to let your child have a pre-appointment visit and have him show Sensitive Sam Visits the Dentist to his dentist–sounds like a good ice breaker to me. Many thanks to Marla and Future Horizons for another valuable tool in the sensory parent tool kit. Check out the book now!

Future Horizons sent me a copy of Sensitive Sam Visits the Dentist for review. All opinions are my own.

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Interview with Joye Newman and Carol Kranowitz

Do you know a child with sensory processing issues?  Or maybe it’s you who has a really acute sense or hearing or smell, or is really particular about the feel of clothing?  Well, do we have a treat for you!  I’m Bobbi Sheahan, and Jenny let me take over her blog today!  (How cool is THAT?)  And, wait, it gets better.  I brought Joye Newman and Carol Kranowitz with me!   When I think of helping kids with sensory processing issues, I think of Carol and Joye.  Joye has been working as a perceptual motor therapist since the late 1970’s, and she founded and continues to direct a popular organization called Kids Moving Company.  Her website is www.kidsmovingco.com.  Carol has been a hero of mine since her book, The Out-of-Sync Child, helped me to begin to understand my daughter’s sensory issues.  She is the author of several books on the subject and the Editor in Chief of S.I. Focus Magazine.  She is also a board member of the Sensory Therapy and Research (STAR) Center.   Her website is www.out-of-sync-child.com

QUESTION:  I am so excited to bring you to Jenny’s readers, and I thank Jenny for having us on her blog!  I want to talk about your new In-Sync Activity Cards.  Why did you create them, and who did you create them for? (more…)

School and Sensory Issues

Here is another tip-filled article about ways to help children deal with sensory issues while they’re in school. Time again to grab that paper and pen! Thanks to the May-June 2005 issue of Autism/Asperger’s Digest. This is reprinted with their permission.

Q. My child has sensory issues that interfere with his learning and  behavior at school. How can we better meet his sensory needs in this environment? (more…)

Being a Smart Sensory Parent

As part of the blogger review team for Future Horizons, I get to share articles from Autism Aspergers Digest with you! Here’s a great article about parenting a child with sensory needs, especially if you’re new to the world of sensory issues. Let me know what you think!

Sensory Savvy Parenting!

By Britt Collins, M.S., OTR/L

Reprinted with permission from a featured article that appears in the just-released July/August issue of Autism Asperger’s Digest magazine. Learn more, www.AutismDigest.com.

Your first child. What an exciting, wonderful, and anxious time it is! When you found out you were pregnant, you probably read stacks of baby books, and read even more as your baby grew into a toddler. When you discovered your child was on the autism spectrum, you undoubtedly searched out any and every book you could find that would help you understand your child better. (more…)