Sensory Processing…what is it?
Sensory processing refers to the ways in which the brain receives, organizes, and responds to sensations to which it is exposed. These sensations include sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and movement. When the central nervous system ineffectively processes sensory information, it may result in difficulties in performing activities of daily life. Manifestations of sensory processing disorders include coordination problems, poor attention, and difficulties in focusing on tasks. In children, they may include poor handwriting skills or difficulty in getting dressed, eating, or bathing. Other possible signs are problems in transitioning to or regulating sleep. Your first experience with sensory processing disorders may be with your “colicky”… Continue Reading
We would like to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year! Stay tuned for our next post on Monday, January 7th, 2013: ‘Children & Sensory Processing’
Facing Painful Truths
As a mother and a mental health professional, I have been shaken to the core by the events in Newtown. I imagine you have as well. How do we cope with such an uncertain world? One place to start is to highlight the goodness that has transpired at a horribly dark time. The late Fred Rogers, of the iconic program Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, said it beautifully: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To… Continue Reading
What Can We Learn From the SFGiants to Help Make Our Children More Resilient?
In 2010, the San Francisco Giants were 6 ½ games back in their division in August. This year, they were neck and neck with the Dodgers mid-season, when the Dodgers made multiple blockbuster trades. Next thing you know, one of the Giants’ best players gets suspended for the remainder of the season. Somehow, some way, both reasons, ended in champagne celebrations and ticker-tape parades. How were the Giants able to overcome such adversity, stay united, and ultimately attain success? The Giants did what any group of people does when they encounter a crisis, they looked at their leader. Bruce… Continue Reading
Talking to Children About National Tragedies
Parents often struggle when trying to respond to children’s questions about tragedies. It is difficult to provide reassurance when we ourselves are uncertain about how to respond. The questions children ask and the explanations parents provide vary according to age, temperament, and level of development. Here are some guidelines for children of all ages Monitor your own reactions, as children learn most from those in their immediate environment.Maintaining a calm attitude reassures children that parents are in control and making sure their children are safe. Before answering questions, find out what the child has seen, read, or heard.Some children… Continue Reading