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SPD Awareness Month: The upcoming 17th International SPD Symposium “Strategies, Science and Success: The Changing Landscape of Sensory Processing Disorder”

In preparation for celebrating SPD Awareness month, this blog will highlight the upcoming 17th International SPD Symposium scheduled for November 7 and 8, 2014 in Tempe, Arizona.

In this blog, I will first speak very briefly about SPD.

Then I will discuss one of my presentations “Use of Playground in Therapy Tour session”.

I will also discuss items which will possibly be on display at the exhibitor booths.

And finally, I will list the other speakers and many…


Added by Diana Ashby Henry on October 13, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

ADHD Awareness Month: Can ADHD mask sensory processing challenges?

On the NIMH website you will read that “ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity).”

Because September is ADHD awareness…


Added by Diana Ashby Henry on September 1, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Sensory Processing and the Teenager: Helping Teachers, Caregivers and Teens Understand Sensory Needs

This month's blog is for teens to help them discover how to live in a more “sensory safe world.” And for the caregivers and teachers to help them better understand teen behaviors as they relate to sensory processing challenges, preferences, and needs.

The Teen Sensory Tools Survey

Teens: Complete the…


Added by Diana Ashby Henry on August 18, 2014 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

General Ed teachers: Helping to integrate students with sensory processing challenges into the classroom

In this month’s blog I will be discussing children who are displaying behaviors reflecting sensory processing challenges, often not thought as appropriate in the classroom. Unlike children who are wheelchair users and easily receive assistance for their challenges, those with sensory processing challenges have “hidden” disabilities. They are often misunderstood and receive punishment for their behaviors. Assessment is important to identify the cause of their challenges. Once identified as…


Added by Diana Ashby Henry on July 7, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Treat Yourself to A Summertime Continuing Education Webinar!

Now that summer is here, time to relax, right? Yes…and it is also an opportunity for continuing education. Like our children, we need to take advantage of the summer for learning too. How exciting to be prepared for the upcoming school year with new “sensory tools” . Why not sign up for a webinar such as Ten Ways to Implement Response to Intervention (RtI) with Sensory Strategies? This webinar also includes “bonus” clips from the Tools for Teachers DVD…


Added by Diana Ashby Henry on June 16, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Transitions from School to Home for Summer Break

Preparing and planning for summer break ahead of time can make for a successful transition from school, especially for those with sensory processing challenges.

During the school year, teachers and parents create predictable daily routines at school and for homework time. With summer break approaching, parents and caregivers are wise to develop a daily summer “…


Added by Diana Ashby Henry on May 19, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 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 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…


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

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 …


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…


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

Sensory Processing Disorder symposium: SPD does exist!

The SPD Symposium was one of the best conferences I have ever attended!
It was a honor to present the parent workshop, where we played and shared throughout the day while bouncing on balls. Parents as well as an adult with SPD also bravely shared their stories...we cried, laughed and danced together.
The Scientific Work Group met and shared their research. How fantastic to hear scientists, neurologists and therapists all confirm that SPD DOES…

Added by Diana Ashby Henry on March 20, 2012 at 10:11am — 2 Comments

Dec 14 FREE Virtual chat on sensory processing and team empowerment


I am honored to announce that I have been asked by Sandra Schefkind, Pediatric Coordinator for the American OT Association (AOTA) to lead a virtual chat on sensory processing and team empowerment. You (parents, educators, therapists, administrators, school therapists and clinic therapists) can log on to on Dec 14 at 4 PM EST.

The title will be :…


Added by Diana Ashby Henry on December 2, 2010 at 6:27pm — 3 Comments

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