A-Z Guide for Sensory-Friendly Travel and Vacationing

Whether it’s across the ocean or right around the corner, planning and executing a perfect family vacation can take a lot of time and research. Here’s a condensed A-Z list of considerations and recommendations to hopefully ease some of the preparation for your next trip: Airlines There is no one all-hailed airline that is consistently recommended as the best airline …

Top 10 Vacations for Families of Children with Sensory Challenges

As a parent of a child with sensory or social communication difficulties, it can be overwhelming to search for appropriate and welcoming destinations for a family vacation catered to those with mild to severe sensory processing challenges, including those with ASD and SPD.  According to a study conducted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), a …

You’re Not Alone-Travel Blogs from Parents & Individuals with ASD

When you plan a vacation, there are many factors that go into preparation and execution… Especially when you have to consider all the sensory experiences, transitions, and thousands of other vacationers around you. It seems daunting, but you are not alone. Below are links to personal accounts from parents, caregivers, and even first-hand accounts of individuals with autism spectrum disorder …

Early Childhood Self-Care Milestones

What is Self-Care? Self-care involves all of the basic activities children do to care for themselves, such as feeding, dressing, bathing, and toileting. Sleep is also included in this category, because it is important for a child’s well-being and functioning. Why Is Self-Care Important For My Child? Self-care skills are important, because they promote independence! As your child develops self-care …

Mastering Gross Motor Skills in Early Childhood

Motor skills involve the coordination between muscles and the nervous system to create movement. Motor skills are essential in completing everyday tasks and routines. Strengthening gross motor skills is important as they are the building blocks for the development of fine motor skills. What are Gross Motor Skills? Gross motor skills use the larger muscle groups in the arms, core, …

Strategies for Tackling Grooming Tasks in Children with Sensory Processing Challenges

It can be challenging for children with difficulties in sensory processing to tolerate routine grooming tasks, such as hair cutting, bathing, nail trimming, and tooth brushing. This may be caused by tactile hypersensitivity (i.e., aversions to messy/wet textures), auditory over-responsiveness (e.g., aversion to sound of bath water running), and more. Below are strategies developed by occupational therapists that can be …