It’s official! Environmental Enrichment (a.k.a. Mendability) is now validated as an effective treatment of autism

WASHINGTON — In the first successful experiment with humans using a treatment known as sensory-motor or environmental enrichment, researchers documented marked improvement in young autistic boys when compared to boys treated with traditional behavioral therapies, according to research published by APA. — Mendability is Environmental Enrichment applied as a therapy.

Sensory Enrichment protocol: multisensory memory exercise / game

Studies also showed that without memorization of the sensory information, there is no learning possible and recognition of one’s environment is almost impossible as it can’t be related to past experience.

Will my autistic child ever grow out of toe walking?

One strategy has worked for us. This strategy addresses tactile processing in general and the information coming from the sole of the foot in particular.

Nestlé International studies Sensory Enrichment in daycares

Here is a useful report on the impact of Sensory Enrichment on children in daycares, conducted in France in the 1990’s and sponsored by Nestlé International. Before Sensory Enrichment was a therapy for neurological disorders it was a method of enriching the environment to help typical children develop a healthy and strong brain. Overview Sensory […]

Environment enrichment hidden benefits: improved immune system

Scientists recently discovered a new enzyme in our bodies called: COX-2. COX-2 is one of the keys to the immune system and plays a crucial anti-inflammatory role. (See references below.)

Study: Watching Baby Animals Improves Cognition

Kawaii, the beneficial effects of cuteness

Article based on the findings of Hiroshi Nittono, Michiko Fukushima, Akihiro Yano, Hiroki Moriya.

Increase your happiness by measuring your child’s progress

Have you ever compared your child to other children? How do you react when other people talk about normal vs. special needs? Who defines what an average child is supposed to be able to do? Who decides that your child is “broken”? Should we not be looking for a way to make everyone exceptional? Before […]

The magic carpet to help your child with tactile defensiveness

Children on the autism spectrum usually have difficulties with the sense of touch, or tactile defensiveness. This may lead to rituals or aversions in clothing, food, flooring.

Why the PECS system should only be used for temporary relief

There is no doubt that the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) system is very efficient. It allows the child to communicate a need and understand the adult’s request, and consequently reduces the frustration of both people. However, when the child is not deaf, we recommend that any replacement for complex verbal communication should be a temporary approach. […]