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Sue Wilkinson
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  • Orlando, FL
  • United States

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  • Diane M. Renna
  • Marcia Hickey
  • Lori Smith, M.Ed.
  • Hillary Brumer
  • Robyn Colley
  • Marcia Hickey
  • Joe Keiderling
  • jackie kilburn
  • Shirley Sutton
  • Lynn J. Horowitz
  • Ingrid M. Kanics
  • baozulin
  • Mark Andrews
  • Ida Zelaya
  • Gina Costanzo

Sue Wilkinson's Discussions

2011 AOTA Sensory Processing Measures and Quick Tips!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sue Wilkinson Aug 29, 2011. 2 Replies

My Friend, Network Member, and International SI Guru...Diana Henry, just wrote to me about AOTA, and asked me to post this:Hi everyone, I have been scrambling to finish my case study using my Sensory…Continue


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Sue Wilkinson commented on Diana Ashby Henry's blog post Transitions from School to Home for Summer Break
"Diana, thanks for posting the link to this wonderful blog on LinkedIN. I agree with all 8 of the suggestions. I am also glad to know about the article on prepping kids for a positive sensory experience at an amusement park. My favorite tip is in the…"
May 28, 2014
Sue Wilkinson liked Diana Ashby Henry's blog post Transitions from School to Home for Summer Break
May 28, 2014
Sue Wilkinson liked Diana Ashby Henry's blog post Addressing sensory processing challenges across environments
Feb 11, 2014
Sue Wilkinson liked Diana Ashby Henry's blog post Addressing sensory processing challenges across environments
Feb 11, 2014
Sue Wilkinson posted a blog post

Ode to Empathetic Teachers EVERYWHERE

   David has many gifts. He wrote an essay thanking his third grade teacher for understanding what he needed when he was in third grade. I find it a poignant reminder of all the fantastic educators I have met. Teachers that don't insist 'this is my class, and students need to do as they are told.' The essay is about teachers that allow children to learn in the way that is best for them, whether it is standing at their desks, sitting on chairballs, chewing on their shirt, or as David…See More
Jan 27, 2014
Sue Wilkinson liked Cecilia Cruse's blog post Cool Ideas to Keep Cool on the 4th!
Jul 2, 2013
Kelli McCoy commented on Sue Wilkinson's blog post Celebrate Crawling! 8 Reasons Crawling Creates Capable Kids
"Man, I wish I had saved my tunnel from when the boys were little for my current classroom now! I will be looking at garage sales this summer."
Jun 15, 2012
Sue Wilkinson commented on Elaine Taylor-Klaus's blog post Feeling Like you Wish you Enjoyed the Holidays More than you do?
"FIND THE JOY.... Thank you so much for the reminders. I am missing my family members this year. Turns out several friends are in the same boat. Decided to have a Christmas Eve open house with a no-big-deal menu. I can't believe how many friends…"
Dec 22, 2011
Sue Wilkinson replied to Martianne Stanger's discussion Wrapping Paper for Sensory Diets
"Martianne, I just love this article on wrapping paper and sensory diets. Your creativity, resourcefulness, and practicality never cease to amaze me. Happy and FUN holidays to you and your family!"
Dec 22, 2011
Sue Wilkinson replied to Martianne Stanger's discussion Cozy Corner for Home with Limited Room?
"Diane, I adore the pictures you posted. The Cozy Space you created for your son is found here. We are so happy that your parent expertise is available here. I just love Meghan's World , the best child SPD book! Martianne, the url for…"
Dec 14, 2011
Sue Wilkinson left a comment for Diane M. Renna
"Hi Diane, I am so glad you found us! What an honor to have your expertise onboard! I adore your parent-expert photos, and all of your comments already. Thanks. I bet that is Meghan...with most amazing SPD book EVER! Glad you are here. Miss Sue"
Dec 14, 2011
Sue Wilkinson commented on Cecilia Cruse's blog post "Standing to Learn" Helps Speical Needs Kids Focus More Effectively
"Yes! I adore the AlphabBetter Student Desk, especially if you need to purchase the whole solution.  If you already have existing desks, there are two great tools developed by a very experienced PT that works in the public schools. One is a set…"
Dec 14, 2011
Sue Wilkinson posted a blog post

Move-To-Learn: How to Use the School Morning Telecast to "Activate" Young Minds

Some schools are really shakin' up the school year! My friend (who is a speech pathologist), and I are excited about what her elementary school is doing this year. The school's morning telecast, using the talented and deserving fifth graders, has added a new action component. Yes, you still pledge your alligiance to your country,…See More
Dec 9, 2011
Sue Wilkinson replied to Martianne Stanger's discussion Cozy Corner for Home with Limited Room?
"Create a "Time In" or Cozy Cube space? When we developed the Park'N'Learn, I used to sit in a large Rubbermaid tub to see how it felt(!) It feels g-r-e-a-t by the way! Really, the calming came from the even pressure the back of…"
Dec 7, 2011
Sue Wilkinson commented on Tobi Isaacs's blog post Don't Let Your Kids W Sit!
"What a great blog Tobi! W-sitting can create internal rotation at the hips, so it is the only type of sitting that is not permitted. For kids that know the alphabet, we say ANY other way to sit is permitted an "L" an "I" etc…"
Dec 6, 2011
Sue Wilkinson replied to School Specialty Special Needs's discussion Classic Toys
"Totally agree, Martianne! Bocks...especially with the tactile properties of wood. Have you ever tried to play with the slippery plastic cubes...yuck. Did you know the architect's son Frank Loyd Wright invented Lincoln Logs while waiting in the…"
Dec 6, 2011

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This is why I am passionate about special needs.
Sometimes "I won't" means "I can't." I believe in the kids that are "slipping through the cracks." There is a physiological reason why children are not successful...especially at school. By understanding sensory processing, it is possible for ALL children to learn.
My Role
Occupational Therapist
Place of Work
School Specialty
Website Address
Skills: these are areas where I have expertise and might be able to help others.
Needs: these are areas where I have questions and will be looking to learn from others.
The most valuable piece of advice I would offer to others regarding special needs.
Understand that child by putting yourself in their shoes.
What I hope to gain from My Special Needs Network
I live to LEARN

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FALLebration! Turn Your Yard into a Sensational Playground, and Watch Kids Have a Blast

Posted on October 22, 2012 at 8:30am 5 Comments

Don't feel guilty about a yard full of leaves. Autumn turns your yard into a magnificent "therapy" opportunity for your kids! Do you have kids that need to be calmed down, or even calmed up? Your yard is a sensory rich environment that can provide the sensory input your kids crave. Heavy work, movement and tactile…


Gifting Grandparents: Give Toys That Help Kids Grow Skills

Posted on November 22, 2011 at 8:00am 3 Comments

Play is the "work" of children. Are you the parent or grandparent of a child with special needs? Do you wonder if the gift you're giving will become that child's favorite? Luckily, many of the toys you grew up with are classic skill-builders and…


Celebrate Crawling! 8 Reasons Crawling Creates Capable Kids

Posted on September 29, 2011 at 12:30pm 6 Comments

Did you know that this generation of kids is less likely to crawl than any generation in the history of toddlers? That is, if you live in the U.S. or the U.K. We have embraced the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) "Back To Sleep" program which trains new Moms to place their babies on their backs to minimize suffocation risk. Gratefully, there has been a decrease in SIDS. We've just forgotten the second part of the message..."Tummy Time for PLAY." Why care… Continue

Roll N Ride..."Bump-Up" All the Sensory Input You Can Get!

Posted on September 23, 2011 at 8:00am 6 Comments

Oh, I bet you can remember this one! A long staircase with all of its carpeted beauty...and you on

your bottom...sliding down....bumpity-bumpity, bumpity-bump! And why do generations and generations of kids crave this input? What's the sensory value? And where can kids get more of this valuable input?…


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At 11:05pm on June 11, 2015, Bruno Serra said…

Hello Dear,
How is everything with you,I picked interest on you after going through your short profile,I have something very vital to disclose to you,but I found it difficult to express myself here,since it's a public site.Could you please get back to me on( the full details.
Have a nice day.
Bruno Serra.

At 8:16am on September 10, 2011, Marcia Hickey said…

Hi again Sue,

I am not sure this is the best way to contact you, but it is Saturday and I just got the go ahead to encumber the money for the CATT center.  The product has to be invoiced before Tuesday  9/13/11 to comply with these grant funds.  Hurry hurry as always with the school start up   I want to add some addtional move and sit products as well.  How should I do this quickly?  Can you contact me directly?   I will watch for you.  enjoy the day !

At 7:38pm on September 5, 2011, Lori Smith, M.Ed. said…

I am SO happy to be here! Discovering more and more on the site all weekend. Hey, I posted before/after pics for the Sensory Make-over Contest, but not sure I did so in the correct "place". Can you let me know?


At 10:53pm on August 18, 2011, Gopi Kitnasamy said…

Hi Sue,

Many thanks for your wishes! Ya he is my gifted son. He is handsome & very intelligent, thats the reason we wanted start this centre to provide quality education for these children. Here we call them OTs and I am a PT.


At 10:47am on May 16, 2011, patrick fisk said…


Thanks for all your help on the RTI symposium. You are such a great resource and advocate for these kids and I apprecate that. Talk with you soon.

At 7:50pm on March 2, 2011, Lori Dillon said…
Unfortunately I am not going to AOTA this year.  I am a Back-East girl living out in Arizona so going to the Northeast would be fun.  Thanks for the comment~~  Hope to hear from you again soon!
At 6:20pm on December 13, 2010, Sherrie Rose Maleson said…

Thanks for checking out our website and for the nice compliment.  I look forward to being a part of your online community.

At 8:17pm on December 3, 2010, Ingrid M. Kanics said…
Thanks Sue - I just posted the information for the webinar next week! I heard Diana had done a presentation at the SPD conference - didn't know that she has one for AOTA. I'll be doing three presentations for AOTA Conference this year - one on playgrounds and two on museums including a full-day institute!

Hope things are going well for you - by the way I now own the "How to Create Your Own Sensory Adventure Camp" Manual -
At 4:24am on November 17, 2010, baozulin said…
Thank you !
I am glad to be your friend here.and I would like to answer your questions bellow:
How many schools do you serve for Speech Therapy?
Sue, Iam a middle school teacher.Only one school for teaching information Technology.not serve for Speech Therapy.
How many children are on your caseload?
I am teaching for 4 classes,each of class there are about 50-56 students

What is your favorite type of student?
My favorite type of diverse personalities, talents and abilities of the young people who attend our school.
Thank you again!

Your Friend,
At 2:09am on November 15, 2010, baozulin said…
Thank you! Sue Wilkinson
I am glad to learn that you have been to so many Chinese cities.and you are so kind to me.I would like to answer you some questions bellow;
Do you find that belief common in schools in the mainland?
Yes I do. Most belief common in schools in the mainland.but still there is not too small difference !
How did you find our My Special Needs Network?
I find your school first on the 2004 annual report.ending me by is free
Annual Report services company..secod, I find you at your wonderfull web site.Thank you again
Would you like to be or let me add you as my friend on this site?
Have you studied at an American University?
No, but I have studied some course content at American University.I would like to be your a student of English.May I?

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