Category - Special Challenges

Helping Children with Sensory Processing Challenges Achieve Scholastic Success

Occupational Therapy
School Challenges
Special Challenges

As summer vacation comes to an end and school begins, many children find it hard to return to their school routines. This task may be even more difficult for children with sensory processing challenges.  Sensory processing refers to the ability to receive sensory information from the surrounding environment, combine it with internal sensory information from one’s own body, and process it into a coherent understanding of what is occurring in a given situation and what the appropriate response should be.  About five to 10 percent of young children exhibit significant behavioral and adaptive problems that are linked to difficulties in… Continue Reading


Posted by Admin on September 16, 2013

When a Tummy Ache Is Not Just a Tummy Ache: Dealing with School Anxiety

Bullying Prevention
Parenting Skills
Parents Tips
School Challenges
Special Challenges

The first day of school, your son has a tummy ache. You take his temperature, but you already know that what’s really ailing him is another common childhood ailment: school phobia. “Many children experience extreme anxiety when they enter new situations—new schools, teachers, classmates, and academic challenges,” says Mimi Ezray, LCSW, MPH, Coordinator of Children’s Clinical Services at Peninsula Parents Place. “Understand that trying to avoid school is not unusual and there are many effective strategies to help ease and manage their fears,” says Mimi. In addition to offering your children emotional support, reassuring them, and addressing their specific concerns, Mimi  says,  you… Continue Reading


Posted by Mimi Ezray on August 29, 2013

Summer Vacation and Sensory Processing Disorder

Leisure & Vacation
Occupational Therapy
Special Challenges

In our ongoing series on summertime fun, we are pleased to offer the expertise of one of our Parents Place occupational therapists, who offers thoughtful recommendations to parents of children with sensory processing disorders: School is coming to an end, and summer is before us. It is a time for families to spend more unscheduled time together, which in many cases, involves travel. Traveling with a child who has sensitivities or a sensory processing disorder can prove quite challenging. The summer brings many changes for a child, including new routines, out-of-town company, groups of new kids, and different demands and… Continue Reading


Posted by Deanne Kelly on June 10, 2013

Rethinking Life’s Curveballs

Parenting Skills
Special Challenges

Spring is here. With it come blooming flowers, outdoor activities, and the anticipation of summer. As I looked at my neighbor’s multicolored tulips in full bloom, I was reminded of a favorite writing that I read to myself on many occasions and use frequently in workshops I conduct on a variety of parental challenges. While it was written from the perspective of a mother with a special needs child, I find it applicable in multiple situations. See if it resonates with you: WELCOME TO HOLLAND by   Emily Perl Kingsley. © 1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley. All rights reserved I… Continue Reading


Posted by Mimi Ezray on March 25, 2013

Sensory Processing…what is it?

Occupational Therapy
Special Challenges

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


Posted by Deanne Kelly on January 7, 2013

We Help Kids and Their Families Soar

At Parents Place, we understand the challenges of raising children with special needs, and we’re here to help.