My Special Needs Network

A network to share best practices for children with special needs

All Blog Posts (488)

Autism/OT Month: Understanding the Distinction between Sensory Integration and Sensory-Based Strategies

There are many interventions and treatment techniques for assisting children diagnosed with autism.

Research indicates that about 90% of children diagnosed with autism also have sensory processing challenges. Therefore sensory processing must be evaluated.

Two of my favorite standardized rating scales are the Sensory…

Continue

Added by Rick Ruess on April 14, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

3 Quick Inclusion Tips for Students on the Spectrum

 About 1 in 68 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from the CDC (Center for Disease Control).  April is Autism Awareness Month. If you know a child on the spectrum, consider these tips as part of a good sensory lifestyle and help promote inclusion in daily activities.…

Continue

Added by Cecilia Cruse on April 14, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

How Video Games Benefit Children with Autism

Touted previously as an inhibitor of brain…

Continue

Added by Kyle H. Albert on April 8, 2014 at 3:00am — No Comments

Come Visit Us at the CEC Conference!

We are thrilled to once again be attending the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Conference hosted this year in Philadelphia from April 9-12. This is one of the largest professional development events geared towards…

Continue

Added by Cecilia Cruse on March 24, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference & Expo in Baltimore, MD - Not just for Thrapists!

The AOTA 94th Annual Conference & Expo will be in Baltimore, MD from April 3 through April 6 this year.

You can also access the Exhibit Hall for a reduced fee, if you are not going to attend the educational sessions. Go to www.aota.org for additional information regarding registration.

Henry OT Services is thrilled to have been invited to join School Specialty/Abilitations in the Exhibit Hall at their booth: #320.

School Specialty…

Continue

Added by Diana Ashby Henry on March 17, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

We're BACK at AOTA!

I am thrilled to announce that School Specialty Special Needs/Abilitations will be making our return to the American Occupational Therapy Association  (AOTA) Conference in Baltimore April 3-6th. …

Continue

Added by Cecilia Cruse on March 17, 2014 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Keeping the "I" in IEP

This time of year IEP reviews in schools are often in full swing.  The Individualized Educational Program is the mandated component of the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) which allows for individual goals and objectives to be set for every student that is enrolled in special education. If you are…

Continue

Added by Cecilia Cruse on February 3, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Rise and SHINE! 5 great tips for starting the day with Sensory Strategies

We know the importance of keeping a sensory routine at school to help students with sensory processing issues stay focused, calm and hopefully meltdown free during the day.  Yet a good sensory diet or “sensory lifestyle” begins at home so if you have a child who has trouble even rising, much less shining out of bed…

Continue

Added by Cecilia Cruse on January 27, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Addressing sensory processing challenges across environments

To piggy back on the previous January 2014 blog, every environment (at school and in the home) presents teachers and staff with opportunities to address sensory processing challenges. These not only include the main classroom (such as wearing …

Continue

Added by Diana Ashby Henry on January 17, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Transitioning back to school after the holidays

All of the excitement from the holidays, family gatherings and December parties are behind us. The return to school (for some of us) and to school (for some children) may be difficult, after winter break. However, getting back to the daily routine in their classroom may be just what children with sensory processing challenges need; especially if they have “over responsivity” (sometimes called “over sensitivity”). Predictability and consistency are great tools for those who are uncomfortable…

Continue

Added by Diana Ashby Henry on January 16, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Calming Cafeteria Chaos

Many of you know that the lunchroom may be the one of the most hectic parts of a school day. Most classes have a very finite time allotted to get in, get served, eat and get cleaned up.  Add in the noise factor, the glare of overhead fluorescent lights and the smells emanating from the kitchen and for children with…

Continue

Added by Cecilia Cruse on January 15, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Come Visit Us at the NAEYC Conference

Just a quick note to let you know that this week we are headed to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Conference in Washington, D.C. Abilitations, Childcraft and some of your other favorite School Specialty brands…

Continue

Added by Cecilia Cruse on November 19, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

AFTER THE STORM:Processing Halloween

I am writing this to make sure that everyone has survived the Halloween frenzy. The evening went smoothly for me but as an educator it raised some new and familiar concerns.

School provides the opportunity to explore different things in the world around us. However it may not always coincide with one’s…

Continue

Added by Hannah Ehrli on November 4, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

And the Winner Is...

Susan is the lucky winner from our random drawing of our Chill out Sensory Space contest.  Susan is an OT at an elementary school in Massachusetts.   Click…

Continue

Added by Cecilia Cruse on November 1, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Transitioning Out of the Chill Out Space

If you have been following our blogs and Facebook posts recently, you know that we have been featuring our sensory Chill Out Space.  A collaborative team of therapists, teachers and administrators at an elementary school have been sharing their tips and ideas with us on how they are maximizing their Chill Out Space with their students.  As we wind down our…

Continue

Added by Cecilia Cruse on October 22, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Sound Sensitive Child

You know that child.  The one that lives in fear of the next fire drill and runs screaming when the alarm goes off,  the one that always has her hands over her ears when walking through the halls, the one that might be humming just a bit too loud or  clenches or grinds his teeth when the classroom gets too busy and…

Continue

Added by Cecilia Cruse on October 15, 2013 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Need a Gentle Squeeze? Try Armeeze!

Many children with sensory processing issues struggle with tactile regulation, that is interpreting and responding to touch input to the body. Some children are more sensitive to touch, especially light touch and textures. This sensory over responsivity of the touch system is often referred to as tactile…

Continue

Added by Cecilia Cruse on October 8, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Push(Pathz) Your Way to Better Attention!

We all have sensory needs/preferences to help maintain focus and attention and keep calm.   What do you do to stay alert during a lecture, a conference call, or while watching an online instructional training?  Fiddle with a paper clip perhaps? Snap a rubber band? Tap a pencil? …

Continue

Added by Cecilia Cruse on October 1, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

A Bright Idea to Cope with Bright Lights

“The soft blue just draws you in!”  declares the lead therapist about their new Chill Out Space complete with Cozy Shades for the fluorescent lights.  As she and her team were setting up the components of…

Continue

Added by Cecilia Cruse on September 18, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

A "Cool" Sensory Makeover

Our Sensory Space Contest is underway and we are already hearing from readers just like you!

Earlier this month we gave one lucky school a sample Chill Out Space. Their team of teachers, paraprofessionals, therapists and even the principal and assistant principal has been enthusiastic in their…

Continue

Added by Cecilia Cruse on September 18, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Blog Topics by Tags

Monthly Archives

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

Connect With Us

Check Out Our Products!

Latest Activity

Diana Ashby Henry shared Rick Ruess's blog post on Facebook
Thursday
Diana Ashby Henry shared Rick Ruess's blog post on Facebook
Thursday
Rick Ruess posted blog posts
Thursday
Angela Langford is now a member of My Special Needs Network
Wednesday
Christine Milne left a comment for Rondalyn Varney Whitney
Tuesday
Randy Olmstead liked Cecilia Cruse's blog post 3 Quick Inclusion Tips for Students on the Spectrum
Tuesday
Kyle H. Albert posted a blog post
Tuesday
Christine Milne is now a member of My Special Needs Network
Tuesday
Cecilia Cruse posted blog posts
Apr 14
Laura Doell posted photos
Apr 11
Elizabeth is now a member of My Special Needs Network
Apr 10
George A. Marwieh is now a member of My Special Needs Network
Apr 7
Linda M Fumich is now a member of My Special Needs Network
Apr 4
Becky Sullivan is now a member of My Special Needs Network
Apr 3
Mark Probasco is now a member of My Special Needs Network
Mar 31
Cecilia Cruse posted a blog post
Mar 24
Diana Ashby Henry liked Diana Ashby Henry's blog post American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference & Expo in Baltimore, MD - Not just for Thrapists!
Mar 20
Profile IconKyle H. Albert and Jamie Miller joined My Special Needs Network
Mar 19
Diana Ashby Henry commented on Diana Ashby Henry's blog post American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference & Expo in Baltimore, MD - Not just for Thrapists!
Mar 17
Diana Ashby Henry posted blog posts
Mar 17

© 2014   Created by School Specialty Special Needs.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

x$('.xg_widget_profiles_blog_list .xg_span-16 .xg_module:nth-child(4) li').each(function(index) { if (index > 9) x$(this).remove() });