Tag Archives: Sensory Integration

Just When I Thought It Couldn’t Get Worse, Part 4
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I didn’t have long to wait. The investigator from Child Protective Services (CPS) arrived the next morning. She refused to enter until I put the dog outside, then paused at the door while she took in my new decor. The … Continue reading

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The Light At the End of the Tunnel?
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My daughter and I had a peaceful spring break. I did what I could to keep her on schedule, to not let her spend much of the day in her pajamas, lounging with the iPad. Caroline and I were both … Continue reading

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The Dark Before Dawn
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I hate it when I’m right. At least about stuff like this. My daughter is in full out behavioral free fall. Every negative thing she has ever done is being resurrected before my eyes, and I’m powerless to stop it … Continue reading

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Storm Clouds on the Horizon
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My daughter’s interim in-home school program has finally begun. Although we can’t call it school because the word causes Katie to have an extended anxiety attack. Despite more than a six-week break, she continues to obsess about not returning to … Continue reading

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It’s Always Something
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This past fall my daughter transferred back into our home school district. It’s a place that for whatever reason seems unable or unwilling to meet Katie’s needs. So now both she and I are in the throes of yet another … Continue reading

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IEP Woes
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It’s January, so that means it’s IEP month. (IEPs are individualized education plans for children with special needs.) Actually, this time around, the IEP madness started in December 2015. It’s a triennial year, so my daughter was subjected to lots … Continue reading

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A Sensory Dilemma
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My daughter’s sensory system is amiss. Or rather, it’s more amiss than usual. Let me explain. Due to her sensory integration issues, on any given day, Katie requires a tremendous amount of vestibular and proprioceptive input in order to regulate … Continue reading

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Contemplating the Future
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There are things that parents of children with autism simply have to accept–whether they like it or not. Some things are easier to tolerate than others. For example, my daughter will never pepper me with annoying, incessant questions, talk too … Continue reading

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The Perils of Puberty
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I can’t ignore it any longer. My eleven-year-old daughter Katie has entered puberty. My sweet, helpful little girl has been replaced with a crabby, mercurial pre-teen who litters the floor with discarded possessions, eats nonstop, snaps at me, argues about … Continue reading

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What Happens at Camp Arroyo Stays at Camp Arroyo
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Katie survived summer camp. She had fun but I suspect it was rougher than outdoor education camp last fall. Which is strange because they had no sensory tools at outdoor ed. At Camp Arroyo, which is where the Exceptional Needs … Continue reading

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