Wednesday, October 3, 2012

National Sensory Awareness Month


Imagine wearing a piece of sandpaper down the back of your shirt… or trying to eat your lunch next to a hot garbage can… or trying to walk across a room during an earthquake.

No – you are not a contestant on a television show, you are experiencing a slice of life as a child with sensory integration dysfunction, also known as sensory processing disorder.

For the estimated 1 in 20 children affected by sensory integration dysfunction, life can be much like what was described above… and sometimes worse. Inundated by sensory information all day, most children develop motor planning abilities that enable them to appropriately adapt and respond to the sights, sounds, smells, movement and other sensations around them. Children with sensory integration dysfunction (DSI/SPD) react differently to sensory information and are often overwhelmed by this information, experience developmental delays and have difficulty with daily living skills.

“Unfortunately, some children with sensory integration dysfunction are misdiagnosed with other disorders,” explained Kathleen Morris, pediatric therapist and publisher of S.I. Focus magazine. 
 “The good news is that many children with sensory issues are helped immensely with
the right treatment.”

The solution that many have found success with is sensory-based occupational therapy. With this type of therapy, the child is incrementally exposed to a variety of sensory experiences to help regulate the child’s interpretations of and responses to sensory input. Because DSI/SPD is an emerging health concern, there has not been widespread research conducted on treatments, but studies and anecdotal evidence strongly suggest that sensory-based therapy can have significant and long-term success.

Parents, educators and healthcare professionals who suspect a child is affected by DSI/SPD should contact an occupational therapist who specializes in sensory-based therapy for an evaluation.

S.I. Foucs magazine sponsors National Sensory Awareness Month “Come To Your Senses”
each October to raise awareness of sensory integration dysfunction/sensory processing disorder
among parents, educators and other professionals who work with children. Visit
for more information and articles regarding sensory deficits.

*Press Release text credit to Kathleen Morris, editor at SI Focus

Thursday, June 28, 2012


First completely solo trip to the zoo with two kids.

What was supposed to happen:
get up, have breakfast, and get things ready to go so we can leave by 9:30 and get to the zoo when they open at ten. Enjoy morning at zoo before it gets too hot. Have lunch. Head home with sleeping kids in van.

What actually happened:
Morning of delays. Leave house at 10:30. Forgot camera; that's ok, can take pics with cell phone. Accidentally took the wrong highway. Ok- will just take a little longer. Forget right lane is exit only to Canada. Hit the gas and manage to stay in the US. Get to zoo. Sunblock everybody. Get inside. Four year old whines for lunch. Packed lunch for everyone but myself. Pay $3 for cardboard they call pizza. Cell phone dies. Spend the next two and a half hours explaining to four year old that yes we did come to see the animals and no we did not come to ride the merry go round, train and to dig in the dirt. Baby falls asleep (yay!). Time to head out: need to exit thru gift shop because have stroller. Spend five minutes arguing with four year old that no, we do not buy trucks at the zoo. Four year old is too tired to walk to van. Sits down in the middle of sidewalk. Convince him he can make it. Stop to watch construction vehicle. Baby sleeps through noise (yay!). Finally get to van. Tell four year old ten times to get in his seat. Take baby out of stroller; he wakes up. Start warning four year old to stop making noises at his brother. Get on the eastbound thruway instead of westbound; head towards airport instead of home. Finally get on the right road. 40 minutes later everyone is still awake and I'm still warning four year old to knock it off. Determine I must have forgotten to sunblock my own face. Finally home. Moral of the story? Both my conscious and my subconscious are telling me I need a vacation; seems my subconscious is actually trying to take me there.

Thursday, May 31, 2012


I'm getting so annoyed by parenting debates these days.  JUST PARENT YOUR CHILDREN. I wish people would just take responsibility for educating themselves.  If one always believes advertisements without doing their own research (whether it be for formula, pro breastfeeding, medication, cars, etc.) then they will undoubtedly have regrets over many life choices. An individual is the one responsible for his/her own actions.  When I found out I was pregnant with my first, I researched EVERYTHING and made the best informed decisions that I could make for my family knowing I had reviewed both sides of every topic. I think the Internet and modern communication strategies have made us, as a society, to complacent to believe the first thing we read or the first thing we are told. Ugh.... Sorry... Just had to get that out.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

May is Mental Health Month

I wish I had more time to write. For now, I want to remind you that May is Mental Health Month.  Take a moment to see what you can do - for yourself or for others.  Raise awareness and gain awareness.  Check it out:

Visit DBSA's page on Mental Health Month and/or "Go Lime" on your Facebook page:


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Needed: Encoraging Words and Support

I have a new friend whomis also a new mom struggling with PPD and anxiety. I know I've neglected my blog lately but I'm hopeful enough of you are seeing this and willing to share some encouraging words to this new mama. Thank you.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sometimes when I'm holding our new little guy I can't help but think back to four years ago.  I try very hard to remember what munchkin #1 was like at this age.  Sadly, I don't remember a lot of details of his first three months.  I remember the fussiness.  I remember my desperation and feeling overwhelmed all the time.  I have snippets of smiles and baby coos but mostly I just remember a grey cloud.  Fortunately, I did manage to write down all his milestones (and even just every day stuff,) so I have that to look back on, but that process was robotic and those memories aren't ingrained in my memory. Which makes me sad.

I'm enjoying my newborn so much this time around and while that makes me very happy, relieved even, it also makes me a little sad. Sad that I didn't have this the first time around.  I feel like I was robbed of so many wonderful experiences.  Sometimes I worry about how this has affected my four year old.  He has a sensory processing disorder.  That is what it is in and of itself.  But I often wonder how much of a role my PPD played in his early development because I know it affected my parenting.  I know it's not something I should brew over; the past is the past and the important thing is that I worked very hard to get better.  It's just.... sometimes.... I wonder.