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When someone asks me about Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) or Global Dyspraxia, I tell them I am happy to share our story but I  make sure to tell them that I am in no way an expert on how the disorders affect others.  I am only an expert in how they affect my daughter, Elizabeth.

I always say that I am happy and grateful to share our story because it may help others find a solution or in the most simple terms, show them that they are not alone. This is something I know I wished I had felt when Elizabeth was little.

Knowing you are not alone is so important because many times the only thing you feel is alone as you try to find a path or plan for your child.  One that fits their unique needs.  These needs affect all ages and many disorders.

In our years together, Elizabeth and I have encountered many obstacles to her mastering a skill.   Sometimes it was because her increased anxiety made her sensory issues more pronounced or vice versa. Sometimes it was because of her frustration at her Dyspraxia and how it affected her ability to learn a new skill. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mornings can be chaotic regardless of the circumstance. Between preparing schoolbags, making breakfast, actually getting through breakfast, packing lunches, walking the dogs, and trying to find your kid’s other shoe so you can leave the house already, morning mayhem is part of everyone’s routine! Being the parent of a special needs child adds an entirely different element of preparation to the day. But with a little planning, mornings could be a more seamless operation.Mother and daughter under blanket - Special Needs Essentials

1. Get Good Sleep

First and foremost, getting a good night’s sleep is paramount in shaping the next morning for success. It’s important to get on a consistent sleep-and-wake schedule, and stick to it. Try making your child’s room as dark as possible to help ensure a full night’s rest. Weighted blankets can help, too.

2. Develop A Ritual

Believe it or not, all children love rituals. But when your family has special needs, the discipline of a routine is essential. Make your mornings an orderly endeavor: do the same things in the same order every day, beginning when the alarm clock first rings. Time Timer clocks can help your child understand this routine better, in a visual way.

3. Promote Your Child’s Independence

Your child’s independence is the key, as it will save you more time for other tasks. Breakfast is an opportunity to help arm your child with more independence, which is achievable by using adapted tools at the table. Breakfast not only gives your kids the strength to face the day, but it also adds a great step to your daily ritual that your child can count on and even look forward to. Try these five products, all designed to promote your child’s independence in the morning.

1. Safety toothbrush

Safety toothbrush - Special Needs Essentials

2. Timer Timer

Time Timer with handle - Special Needs Essentials

3. Recessed lid cup

4. Non-sleep reel

5. Pencil grips (to use with silverware or toothbrush!)

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