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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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Mealtime can be a challenge for any family. The challenges are often intensified when a family is caring for a person with special needs. It may become a difficult, frustrating time when everyone focuses solely on the person’s effort to eat and neglects the opportunity to enjoy the meal. Thankfully, there are solutions to make this enjoyable family time.

On a practical point of view, adapted tableware can save you a lot of stress. Have you heard of those plates with high walls? They are especially designed to help push the food onto the spoon or fork, making them easy to use by a person with motor skills issues. As for eating utensils, some of them have a special grip that can adapt to the person’s hand morphology, some are weighted to keep hands steady while eating, and many more features are available. Drinking aids exist as well, including the “cut-out” cups that do not require too much neck movement, and all kinds of entertaining straws. All these supplies will help a person with special needs get more active during mealtime and ultimately, gain independence.

You can also think about ways to involve family members better in this shared experience. For instance, educate your children on nutrition so they understand what you are trying to get them to eat, and they may even want to get involved in the preparation! You may as well work on a routine adapted to the family schedule. This implies a fixed time, specifically assigned tasks for each family member, and possibly designated seats around the table, or anything that would make you comfortable. This routine will help all family members easily remember when they need to come around and what to do.

In any case, your priority will be that everyone eats, but it is possible to turn mealtime into a fun family moment. The guideline is to stay positive and creative!

 

 

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