3 Sensory Strategies to Try at Home (for a calmer holiday season!)

The holiday season is quickly approaching which means sensory parents are bracing themselves for more sensory-induced meltdowns, more puzzled looks from friends and family, more unsolicited advice and more… sensory ...


The One Piece of Unsolicited Parenting Advice You Won't Mind Hearing

Veteran parents love to tell parents-to-be and first-time parents what to expect and what to do. Their unsolicited advice and admonishments cover topics ranging from sleep- You're going to experience ...


What is Sensory Processing and Why is it Important?

“Sensory processing (originally called ‘sensory integration dysfunction’ or SID) refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. ...


The Vestibular System: What the Heck is it and Why do I Need to Know About it?

I feel the same way about understanding the vestibular system as I do about meditating, budgeting, and onesie shoulder flaps- I wish I’d known about the life-changing benefits of ...


3 Things I Wish I'd Known About Parenting a Child with SPD

I’m going to be honest with you: Five years ago, I had no clue. Despite having graduate degrees in Education and Psychology and having worked with children for the ...


15 Sensory Red Flags You May Be Missing

Though it's gaining recognition, Sensory Processing Disorder is still largely unrecognized by our medical, educational and mental health institutions. There are many reasons for this, none of which has anything ...


5 Things I Wish People Knew About Parenting a Child With Sensory Processing Disorder

One of the hardest things about parenting a child with sensory processing disorder is the fact that it’s not recognized by our medical, mental health, and educational systems as ...


What is Sensory Integration Therapy (OT-SI) and Will it Help My Child?

Conceptualized by psychologist, occupational therapist and neuroscientist, Dr. Jean Ayres, Sensory Integration Therapy (OT-SI) is a form of occupational therapy that uses fun, play-based sensory activities to help a child’s brain respond to sensations and movement in a more “organized” way. ...


Picky Eating a Problem? Here's a Solution...

You know you’re the mom of a picky eater when…. You think kids who eat things with mixed textures and who don’t hesitate to try new foods are ...


3-Step Back to School Plan for Anxious Kids (And Parents!)

As August flies by, kids and parents all over the world are feeling three common end-of-summer emotions: sadness (no more lazy, unstructured days), excitement (no more lazy, unstructured days), and ...


Welcoming Your Second Baby: 5 Ways to Support Your First Child Through the Transition

For the first couple months after his brother was born, my older son, H, did surprisingly well. No major meltdowns or crazy behaviors, he even seemed kind of excited about ...


Welcoming Your Second Baby: 5 Things You Need to Know

The day I found out I was pregnant with my older son was one of the happiest days of my life. A year and a half of trying, multiple fertility ...


What to Do When One Child Takes up the Bulk of Your Attention

My older son, H, is an incredible kid. He’s curious, bright, hysterically funny, quirky and, at times, sweet (his empathy is a work in progress!). AND he’s our ...


10 of the Best Travel Games for Kids (ages 4-8)

Traveling with kids isn't easy, especially with those who have sensory processing challenges like my boys. In an effort to mitigate travel-induced meltdowns, I've been known to get a little ...


Summer Travel Tips for Sensory Moms

Summer. It’s the time of year when we loosen the strings a little, let go of our regular routines, relax, and take a vacation. But, let’s face it, ...


Everything You Need to Know About Sensory Diets

What You'll Learn: What a sensory diet is How implementing one can benefit your child How exactly to go about "making" one Sensory diets are a hot topic ...


15 Calming Strategies for Anxious Moms

A year into motherhood, I half-heartedly joked with a girlfriend about starting a blog called overlyanxiousmom.com. Needless to say, I struggle with anxiety and have since I was a ...


Answer These 15 Questions to Improve Your Parenting

Based on years of scientific research as well as his work with thousands of patients, renown child psychiatrist, Dr. Daniel Siegel, has concluded that the biggest predictor of a child's ...


My Top 10 Mindfulness Hacks for Busy Moms

Happiness, being able to really enjoy our lives and enjoy parenting, is contingent on having good emotional regulation. If you're a therapist and/or you have a child with sensory ...


In Honor of Mother's Day

Dear Mom, Nearly 43 years ago, you became a second-time-mom to a daughter. Your first child, my brother, was an “easy” baby who “didn’t need much.” Little did you know that you wouldn’t be quite as lucky the second time around! ...


3 Must-Read Books for Parents

Being a good parent is arguably the toughest job on the market. If only there was one how-to parenting manual that, if followed, would guarantee happy, healthy and well-adjusted kids! ...


3 Simple Steps to Mindfulness for Non-Meditating Moms

From yoga teachers to Fortune 500 executives, everyone and her brother seems to be talking about Mindfulness singing its praises. So, what’s the deal? What is “mindfulness” and why ...


The 1 Simple Thing You Can Do Today and Everyday to Improve Your Child's Behavior

Recently, I saw a funny meme about the multiple benefits of coconut oil. Frizzy hair? Coconut oil. No shaving cream? Coconut oil. Dry skin? Coconut oil. Bad credit? Coconut oil. ...


The Dreaded Birthday Party

If you’re parenting a child with sensory issues, there’s a good chance that birthday parties and social gatherings are not your favorite things. Especially if your child is ...


Social Stories: What are they, how will they help my child and how do I make one?

The first time I heard the term "social story" was when my son, H, was about to turn two. He'd yet to sleep longer than a two hour ...


Potty Training, Power Struggles and How Not to Handle Parenting Disagreements

After a rough-go at potty training, H was finally pee-pee trained, but still holding his ground on Number Two. I was so excited that he was finally peeing in the ...


The Unexpected Parenting Lesson I Learned from Potty Training

When my older son, H, was almost two years old, a girlfriend of mine came over for a play-date with her almost four-year-old. The boys were playing when my girlfriend’ ...


The Most Important Thing You Can Do to Help Your Child

“My child’s behavior is so extreme, he’s driving me crazy!” “I’ve been told my child has sensory processing issues. I feel so overwhelmed- I don’t know ...


A Simple Solution for Your Parenting-Related Worries

Shortly after my first son was born, I knew something was “off.” Our pediatrician dismissed my concerns. She said his constant screaming, feeding difficulties, self-regulation issues, and gross motor delays ...


An OT Answers Your Most Pressing Questions About Sensory Processing

Every week I talk to and work with parents of kids who struggle with sensory processing. While each child’s struggles are different, their parents have some common questions. This ...


Sensory Tool Kits- What are they and how do I make one?

Sensory processing challenges come in many shapes and sizes. Some kids have trouble figuring out where their bodies are in space and avoid certain kinds of movement while others constantly ...


10 Tips for a More Enjoyable Holiday with Your Sensory Child

Ahhhh, the holidays. That wonderful and joyous time of year when parents of sensory-sensitive children brace themselves for more meltdowns, more disapproving and puzzled looks from family and friends, more ...


25 Budget- Friendly Stocking Stuffers for Sensory-Sensitive Kids

The holiday season is an expensive time of year. Between buying presents for your kids, family, friends and teachers, traveling to be with family, going to the Nutcracker, taking the ...


Holiday Gift Guide for Your Sensory-Sensitive Child

Gift-giving is at the top of my "most stressful things about the holidays" list. If my husband is reading this, he's definitely raising a brow. You see, I ...


3 Tips For Avoiding Holiday Toy Overload

The holidays are here, which means parents all over the world are thinking the same thing- For the love of God, the last thing our kids need are more toys! ...


20 Kid-Friendly, Gut-Friendly Recipes for Your Picky Eater

During early toddlerhood, my son H was an amazing eater. Avocado, salmon, broccoli, sweet potatoes, turkey chili, spinach omelettes, green smoothies...that kid would eat anything! Picky eating was a ...


Tips for Increasing Gut-Healthy Foods in Your Picky Eater's Diet

You are what you eat. Though we’ve all heard this before, most of us take it for granted. The truth is, the food we put in our bodies has ...


25 Gluten-Free Products Your Kids Will Love

If you read my post about the first step to improve your child's gut health and asked yourself, How in the world do I remove gluten from my child's diet? ...


Improve Your Child's Gut Health in 5 Simple Steps: Step 5

We're on the final step for improving your child's gut health. If you're just joining us, here are the first four: Replace gut-irritating foods with gut-healing foods (this is your ...


Improve Your Child's Gut Health in 5 Simple Steps: Step 4

If you're just joining the gut health series, let me get you up to speed (and if you've been along for the ride, here's a quick refersher!)... Our overall health ...


Improve Your Child's Gut Health in 5 Simple Steps: Step 3

Gut health series recap: A healthy gut = a healthy child More "bad bugs" than "good bugs" (gut dysbiosis) = physical, mental and emotional disorders Neurological disorders like ...


How to Improve Your Child's Gut Health in 5 Simple Steps: Step 2

If you've been following my gut health series, you're up to speed on the importance of gut health, the risk factors for gut dysfunction in children and the first step ...


Improve Your Child's Gut Health in 5 Simple Steps: Step 1

If you’ve been following my gut health series, you know that the quality of our health and the health of our kiddos depends on the quality of bugs in ...


Healthy Gut, Healthy Child: 5 Risk Factors for Gut Dysfunction in Children

Did you know that a healthy gut is the key to a healthy brain? If you read my last post, you learned about the human microbiome and its influence on ...


Gut Health and SPD: What You Need to Know

Hippocrates (aka- The Father of Medicine) famously said, “All disease begins in the gut.” Well, it’s taken modern medicine quite awhile to get on board, but research over the ...


The Scientifically Proven Way to Improve Your Parenting

Recently I was commiserating with a girlfriend about one of my (many) parenting fails. I’d been triggered by my older son, completely lost my cool and shouted something to the effect of, “H! You’re driving me insane!” ...


The One Thing that Lessened My Anxiety and Improved My Parenting

Anxiety and I go way back. As a kid, my anxiety manifested in sleep issues, frequent nightmares, and perfectionistic behaviors. When I reached puberty, I developed another way of managing ...


3 Beneficial Alternative Therapies for Sensory Processing Disorder

If your child is struggling with sensory processing disorder, the first thing you need to do is find an occupational therapist who specializes in sensory integration therapy. A research-based treatment, ...


My Top 10 Sensory Toy Picks

In the beginning of my older son’s journey with SPD, I bought any and every sensory toy that presented even the tiniest possibility of being helpful. Anything H’s ...


3 Must-Read Books for Every Parent of a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder

In the beginning of my older son’s journey with sensory processing disorder, I devoured every sensory processing related book I could get my hands on. My anxiety about H’ ...


5 Real Time Strategies for Managing Your Child's Explosive Behavior

If you’ve read the last two blog posts, you’re familiar with Dr. Ross Greene’s philosophy, "Kids do well if they can." If you’re new ...


How to Decrease Your Child's Explosive Behaviors

“Kids do well if they can.” Take a minute to let that phrase sink in. Now think about your child. Your amazing, curious, sensitive, energetic, thoughtful, creative...annoying, difficult, explosive ...


Understanding Your Child's Explosive Behavior

I HATE YOU!!! Punches the wall, makes a growling sound, looks for something to throw. I'M MAD AT YOU!!! YOU'RE STUPID!! Throws nearest toy then punches little brother. NOOOOOOOO!!! I ...


Sample Letter to Family and Friends Explaining SPD

The only thing more difficult than understanding sensory processing disorder and how it affects your child is trying to explain it to other people. After many frustrating conversations (on both ...


8 Ways to Improve Your Child's Behavior (Without Using Shame or Punishment)- Part 2

Here are four more ways to guide your child's behavior while modeling love and empathy and staying connected. 5. Adopt The Motto- “Children need the most love when they act ...


8 Ways to Improve Your Child's Behavior (Without Using Shame or Punishment)- Part 1

Now that we’ve ditched the old parenting paradigm of using shame and punishment to “teach” our kids how to behave, we need ways to help guide them when their ...


Discipline a Problem? This May Be Why

Spare the rod, spoil the child. We’re all familiar with this phrase. Inspired by several passages in the Old Testament, it sums up the parenting philosophy that most of ...


A Word on Transitions

My son, H, started physical therapy when he was six months old and his physical therapist was the first to introduce me to sensory processing disorder. I was at the ...


5 Phrases You Need in Your Parenting Tool Box

Tool boxes aren’t just for hammers, drills, and ten different kinds of screwdrivers. You also need a “parenting tool box” full of techniques, phrases, and actions that help manage ...


How to Overcome the 5 Most Common Obstacles to Consistent Special Time

Now that we know the magic of spending quality daily one-on-one time (Special Time) with our kids, we need to put it into action. Unfortunately, knowing something is important doesn’ ...


Riding the Wave of SPD

Sensory Processing Disorder manifests in different ways for each child. But anyone who has a sensory overresponsive child can relate to my story. ...


Marriage Hack #8: Humor Me

Before I got married, I asked my mom about the secret to her 50 year marriage to my dad. Without hesitation, she replied, “Humor.” Then she added, “No matter how ...


Marriage Hack #7: Say it in Writing

Good communication is the key to a solid, connected and happy marriage. So, what do you do when there are topics you and your partner just can’t talk about? ...


Marriage Hack #6: Coffee Walks

When you have kids, especially young kids, and especially especially young kids with extra challenges, finding time to connect with your partner seems as doable as climbing Mount Everest. In ...


The Storm Trooper Incident

As parents of kids with SPD, we can plan and prepare and anticipate, we can do our best to protect our kids, to mitigate experiences we know will be challenging. ...


Shifting Out of Fear

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about fear. I’ve been noticing how many of my thoughts about parenting and my kids are fear-based. Why is H acting out ...


Marriage Hack #5: Practice Non Violent Communication

This is actually a thing. Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a communication process developed by Marshall Rosenberg, who describes it as “a way of communicating that leads us to give from ...


Marriage Hack #4: Fake it Till You Make it!

Research has shown that even when you aren’t happy, if you smile, your brain is tricked into thinking you are happy which then triggers the production of neurochemicals that ...


Marriage Hack #3: Embody Gratitude

I am convinced that gratitude is the solution to everything! The problem is that it can seem nearly impossible to feel grateful towards your partner when you are at odds ...


Marriage Hack #2: Give 'Em the Benefit of the Doubt

When tensions run high in a marriage, it can be easy to play the blame game — pointing fingers and assuming the worst. According to John Gottman, a psychologist and leading ...


Marriage Hack #1: Schedule Alone Time

Remember how great my husband, A, is? Well, he made an excellent point while we were in the depths of our stress and struggling to bridge the huge divide in ...


Marriage Hacks

Before I had kids, I didn’t understand people who would refer to marriage as “work”. Being absolutely crazy about my husband, I would think to myself, “What are they ...


3 Things You Can Do to Stay Calm When Your Child Isn't

Just when you’re past the sleepless nights, the crazy, twisting road of nursing, and figuring out the ins and outs of solid foods, you start to think you’ve ...