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Sensation Frustration
Sensory integration therapy helps troubled kidsBy Haley K. Jestice05.26.08Hyper-active. Loner. Picky eater. Troublemaker. Fussy. Downright klutzy. Some children may be misunderstood and mislabeled because of their actions.Therapists are finding that “bad-behaved“ children are often...
Are You A Sensory Junkie Or A Nervous Wreck?
From The Times October 20, 2007 How do you respond to bright lights, soft clothes, loud music and spicy food? Juliet Rix investigates the psychology of sight, sound and smell. Some people adore the feel of silk and velvet. They probably also savour the flavour of fresh peach, dress...
The Next Attention Deficit Disorder?
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007By Claudia WallisWith a teacher for a mom and a physician's assistant for a dad, Matthew North had two experts on the case from birth, but his problems baffled them both. "Everything was hard for Matthew," says Theresa North, of Highland Ranch, Colo. He...
The Phantom Menace
Vivian Manning-SchaffelFour — count 'em — four of my four-year-old son's friends are in occupational therapy for sensory processing disorder, a.k.a. SPD. Considering his inner circle tops out at about fifteen, this indicates an epidemic on our Brooklyn playground. And...
Students Stand When Called Upon, and When Not
February 25, 2009By SUSAN SAULNYMARINE ON ST. CROIX, Minn. — From the hallway, Abby Brown’s sixth-grade classroom in a little school here about an hour northeast of Minneapolis has the look of the usual one, with an American flag up front and children’s colorful artwork...
Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills
NPR February 25, 2008by Alix SpiegelOn October 3, 1955, the Mickey Mouse Club debuted on television. As we all now know, the show quickly became a cultural icon, one of those phenomena that helped define an era.  What is less remembered but equally, if not more, important, is that another...
The 3 R’s? A Fourth Is Crucial, Too: Recess
February 24, 2009By TARA PARKER-POPEThe best way to improve children’s performance in the classroom may be to take them out of it.  New research suggests that play and down time may be as important to a child’s academic experience as  reading, science and math, and that...
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