How To Help Sensory Sensitive Children Sensory sensitivity, also known as sensory processing disorder, is a condition which, until recently, has not been fully understood. The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation estimates that one in 20 children are affected by this condition. Sensory sensitivity occurs when sensory information is improperly filtered and therefore is intensified on its way to the brain. As a result, children who are sensory sensitive may become upset by sounds, textures or smells. By understanding the nature of this condition, you can help your sensory-sensitive child to function well. Adjust the texture and temperature of your child's clothes. Provide crunchy foods, and separate textures during meals. Avoid overcrowding your child's schedule. Practice deep pressure. Try occupational therapy.
LD OnLine :: Auditory Processing Disorder in Children By: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (2004) What is auditory processing? Auditory processing is a term used to describe what happens when your brain recognizes and interprets the sounds around you. Children with APD often do not recognize subtle differences between sounds in words, even though the sounds themselves are loud and clear. APD goes by many other names. Back to top What causes auditory processing difficulty? We are not sure. The cause of APD is often unknown. What are the symptoms? Children with auditory processing difficulty typically have normal hearing and intelligence. How is it diagnosed? You, a teacher, or a day care provider may be the first person to notice symptoms of auditory processing difficulty in your child. Much of what will be done by these professionals will be to rule out other problems. To determine whether your child has a hearing function problem, an audiologic evaluation is necessary. What current research is being conducted?
General Symptoms of SPD in Adults Here is a very basic, traditional checklist for adults with SPD. The list may seem very long, but it is a condensed version that covers the full range of symptoms adults with Sensory Processing Disorder can have. All checklists are made to print well, so feel free to pring this out and mard how often and/or severely you experience each of the following symptoms on a scale of 0 (never) to 4 (always/severe), or use P, if it was previously an issue that no long presents itself in your daily life. Sensory Modulation General Modulation _______ have unusual eating habits (strong preferances, eat at odd times, etc.) _______ have unusual sleeping habits or sleep schedule _______ have great difficulty with transitions, be they major life changes or small everyday stuff (one activity to another, going from inside to outdoors, etc.) _______ become engrossed in one single activity for a long time and seem to tune out everything else _______ spend hours at a time on fantasy or video games and activities
Developmental coordination disorder and dyspraxia | skillsforaction.com What is the cause of DCD? In many cases the reason why a child develops DCD is not known. The cause may lie in atypical development of the brain. The effective control of all our actions and thoughts depends on the different areas of the brain working together in a coordinated fashion. The richness and complexity of these connections is influenced by the particular way in which the individual child’s brain develops and the way in which the child engages and interacts with the social and physical environment. Some researchers believe that children with DCD do not create these links between the different brain areas in the same way as typically developing children – everyday experience is not enough, they seem to require additional help. There may also be a genetic connection. Some children born very early also have movement difficulties as a result differences in brain development caused by the pre-mature birth. Temperament also plays a role in the development of movement-based skills.
autistics.org: The REAL Voice of Autism Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Free Fine Motor Activities To Help Your Child! Fine motor activities are essential to help your child develop the fine motor skills needed for good handwriting. On this page, you will find links to a range of photographed activity ideas on my site, and also articles to help you understand the importance of these skills. Why Use Activities? Kids with poor fine motor skills often dread paper-and-pencil activities. Using fun activities will give your child a sense of achievement while helping to develop essential handwriting skills. And if your child hates writing, drawing and coloring, don’t worry, there is not a pencil or a crayon in sight for most of these fun learning activities! So let your child improve fine motor skills without forcing the use of a pencil, and you may see some improvement in handwriting ability. Fine Motor Activities Activities for scissor cutting, hand strength and finger dexterity Helpful Information Articles to inform you and answer your questions What are Fine Motor Skills? Helpful Tips Fine Motor Activities E-book!
Auditory Processing Disorders (APD) in Children by Teri James Bellis, PhD, CCC-A In recent years, there has been a dramatic upsurge in professional and public awareness of Auditory Processing Disorders (APD), also referred to as Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD). Unfortunately, this increase in awareness has resulted in a plethora of misconceptions and misinformation, as well as confusion regarding just what is (and isn't) an APD, how APD is diagnosed, and methods of managing and treating the disorder. The term auditory processing often is used loosely by individuals in many different settings to mean many different things, and the label APD has been applied (often incorrectly) to a wide variety of difficulties and disorders. As a result, there are some who question the existence of APD as a distinct diagnostic entity and others who assume that the term APD is applicable to any child or adult who has difficulty listening or understanding spoken language. Terminology and Definitions Diagnosing APD Treating APD Key Points:
Blue Brain Project The Blue Brain Project is an attempt to create a synthetic brain by reverse-engineering the mammalian brain down to the molecular level. The aim of the project, founded in May 2005 by the Brain and Mind Institute of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, is to study the brain's architectural and functional principles. There are a number of sub-projects, including the Cajal Blue Brain, coordinated by the Supercomputing and Visualization Center of Madrid (CeSViMa), and others run by universities and independent laboratories. Goals Neocortical column modelling The initial goal of the project, completed in December 2006, was the simulation of a rat neocortical column, which is considered by some researchers to be the smallest functional unit of the neocortex (the part of the brain thought to be responsible for higher functions such as conscious thought). Progress By 2005 the first single cellular model was completed. Funding