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The Silent Roadblock: Understanding the Ripple Effects of Feeding Difficulties on the Spectrum

While it’s widely documented that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects social interaction, communication, and behavior, there is a less spotlighted, yet pivotal, piece to these neurodivergent children: feeding difficulties. It’s estimated that up to 80% of autistic children have some form of...

Setting Students Up for Success: Balancing Sensory Needs in the Classroom

Sensory considerations play a key role in developing a classroom environment conducive to learning. When classrooms are arranged with sensory needs in mind, teachers will often see increased levels of social participation and task engagement. Some students face challenges finding their voice in a...

Advocating for Sensory-Inclusive Education: IEPs, Classrooms, and Schools

There are many lists and suggestions for sensory-inclusive education for autistic students. Gaining a sense of your student’s unique sensory profile – what causes distress or helps them stay regulated – is important. They may be impacted differently at school than at home. How can a caregiver...

Harnessing the Power of Nature: Outdoor Sensory Activities for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Holistic health improves when children spend time playing outdoors (Dankiw et al., 2020; Gill, 2015; McQuay et al., 2020; McCormick, 2017). Children with autism spectrum disorder demonstrate increased world connections with outdoor sensory activities, as the natural environment affords more...

Meeting the Sensory Needs of Autistic Patients with Dental Care Challenges

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face many dental care challenges. As a result, ASD patients continue to experience obstacles in accessing quality dental care. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 36 children in the United States has been...

Sensory-Friendly Hospital Experiences for Children with Autism

Going to the hospital is typically accompanied by fear and stress, which is never easy for any family. For parents of children with autism, it can be even more overwhelming to think about going to the doctor’s office or the hospital. 95% of children with autism also have sensory processing...

Sensory-Friendly Tools and Resources for Autism Caregivers

As registered and licensed occupational therapists (OTR/L) in pediatric school-based settings, many of the students we support are diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). Therefore, we have extensive experience with various developmental, motor, social, and sensory conditions, and the...

Supporting Sensory Diversity: Building Inclusive Classrooms

Traditional classrooms were initially designed in the early 1900s, and some school districts have retained a similar structure. These settings typically involve large groups of children seated, remaining stationary, and primarily learning through listening and reading. Traditional classrooms...

The Role of Sensory-Focused Education in Inclusive Classrooms

In inclusive classrooms, all student learners have strategies, techniques, support, respect, and a welcoming environment to promote academic success (Webster, 2014). Inclusive classrooms require the integration of differentiated instruction tailored to the unique academic, mental, and physical...

Helping Youth with Autism and Co-Occurring Low Vision and Blindness

The prevalence of autism has been increasing over the years. The CDC estimates that 1 out of every 44 children has an autism spectrum condition (CDC, 2021). It has changed from a low-incidence disability (i.e., 1 in 10,000) to a more common one. Blindness, on the other hand, is currently considered...