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The beach: Sensory haven or nightmare?

The blowing wind and sea sand... stimulate the touch sensors The sound of the sea, waves and people... stimulate the hearing sensors The smells of the sea, suntan lotion, kelp... stimulate the smell sensors Put this all together for a sensory root (the super-sensitive souls in our lives)... The result... sensory overload, crying, whining, tantrums... [...]

By | May 20th, 2016|Education blog|0 Comments

Reducing sensory overload for moms, babies and toddlers

For mothers with small babies: * Rest when your baby sleeps. You need it, deserve it and will be a better mother as a result!* Take time out to de-stress: read, watch a movie, shop, go for a massage, etc. And do not feel guilty; raising children is a demanding task, you need and deserve [...]

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Boosting your child’s motor development and learning

Children learn through movement and experiencing their worlds in a three dimensional format.  Movement is the most important building block for learning, concentration, language and academic skills. Please, please, please send your children outside as much as possible for play. Our children are movement deprived with a range of secondary health and learning issues. Although [...]

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Tips for improving your child’s concentration

Eye contact If you need your child’s attention, look him/her in the eyes and give the necessary instruction when you are sure you have his/her attention. You will be far more successful in getting the outcome you want.  Ask them to repear the instructions to ensure they have listened to you. Move Movement is one [...]

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Sensory activities for learning and fun

Limit TV or computer time.  It is passive visual learning only and impact on our children’s learning and development. olidays. I got a great idea from a friend last week; my 8-year old play station time is matched with reading. For every book that he reads and writes or draw a short version of the [...]

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Sensory intelligent tips to get your toddler to eat

See - smell - touch - taste This is part of the developmental sequence when learning to eat. First experience food through what it looks like, then smelling it, touching it, and finally putting it in the mouth. Food must be varied and put in our children’s plates whether eaten or not. A visual memory [...]

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Healthy habits to build family relationships

Family rituals What are you doing as a family that keeps you together? It can be as simple as hot dogs every Saturday afternoon and pancakes every Sunday night (that is ours – a lot of work on my side, but my boys love it). And the boys do wrestling with Dad Saturday mornings. Family [...]

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Sensory savvy tips for birthday parties

My oldest son, Lukas, turned 9 years old yesterday. We had 13 boys at my house whooshing down the waterslide and giving me a fright of my life. I am not the faint hearted type but could see myself rushing to the hospital with a broken arm or something. Thanks goodness, after 3 hours of [...]

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Sensory savvy holidays

Say NO to “brain drain”: Research is showing that our children today are unhealthy and overweight. Passive lifestyles, lack of exercise, inadequate diet and the use of constant developing technology (TV, play stations, computer, PSP’s, cell phones, etc.) have made our children brighter (yes maybe), yet fatter and more prone to disease. Say YES to [...]

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Back to school – helping your kids to cope

Starting a new standard and/or new school in January is often a huge transition which leaves many children anxious, stressed and tearful. Be mindful that this is a reality, a little bit like you going to to your first day at a new job. It is daunting and we do not know what to expect. [...]

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