My homemade weighted sensory blanket!

Weighted blankets are very helpful for so many people.  Children with Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, and/or autism benefit greatly from the sensory input that the heavy weight provides.  This allows the child to relax, sit still and fidget less, thus allowing them to pay more attention or relax to rest.   Adults even enjoy them in larger . . . → Read More: My homemade weighted sensory blanket!

To prepare or not to prepare?

Recently our 7 1/2 year old daughter, Emily, had an opportunity to have a sleepover with a friend. It would be her first one ever.

Wow, when did she get old enough for sleepovers, anyway?

I have to say that I’m not a huge fan of the idea of sleepovers that are held away from our . . . → Read More: To prepare or not to prepare?

Bathtub therapy for a rough SPD day

On days like this, I really wish I could just snap my fingers and make the Sensory Processing Disorder go away.  I wish I could take the pain and the struggle away from my daughter and take it upon myself.  I would do that in a heartbeat for her, as I know most moms would.  . . . → Read More: Bathtub therapy for a rough SPD day

Book Review: Special Diets for Special Kids

I was so excited when I was offered a chance to review a new edition of the cookbook, “Special Diets for Special Kids” by Lisa Lewis!  This is an updated edition that combines 2 previous volumes into one book full of over 200 Gluten-Free and Casein-Free recipes.  I was extra excited because this came to . . . → Read More: Book Review: Special Diets for Special Kids

Cleaning up after the meltdown

After Lovebug’s sensory meltdown a couple days ago, I decided what we really needed was some more time together.  Yes, as a homeschooling parent, I spend all day every day with her already.  However, we have been so busy lately that we haven’t had a lot of just one-on-one time.  We have been spending countless hours . . . → Read More: Cleaning up after the meltdown

It’s a heartbreaking meltdown kind of day

It started like any other day.  Lovebug coming downstairs to greet me with a “Good morning, Mommy!” when she got up.  Then it went downhill in a hurry.  She wanted oatmeal (gluten free, of course) for breakfast.  Simple enough, right?  Since we are working on her motor skills & coordination, it provides a great way for . . . → Read More: It’s a heartbreaking meltdown kind of day

Rockfish Day Camp – Day 1

Looks like I worried for nothing!  She said she had an awesome day at camp!  She had fun playing, swimming, making a craft, and making friends.  Her counselor came up to me when I picked her up and told me how smart she was!! He said they were talking about rainbows and asked if anyone knew . . . → Read More: Rockfish Day Camp – Day 1

Lovebug goes to Summer Camp

I dropped Lovebug off at camp this morning, and I think I was more nervous than she was.  It’s a Day Camp, so she will go every day from 8:00 – 6:00 and have a fun filled day full of outdoor activities, crafts, swimming, and even a field trip to go bowling one day.  It’s not . . . → Read More: Lovebug goes to Summer Camp

Swimming lessons

Lovebug has been taking swimming lessons this summer and is doing amazing!! Last month when she did the first round, I put her in Level 1 because I wasn’t sure how intense the levels here would be.  Almost right away, the teacher said that she really needed to be in Level 3 based on how much . . . → Read More: Swimming lessons

4th of July with an SPD kiddo

Having a child with Sensory Processing Disorder, I have to be extra aware of the amount of stimulation that she receives, and in what ways.  I also have to balance that with her food intake (both the amount that she eats and what type of food she eats) and the amount of rest and/or downtime that . . . → Read More: 4th of July with an SPD kiddo