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How to do Sensory Enrichment Therapy when you are traveling this summer

Vacation destinations and community outings can provide opportunities for environmental enrichment for a child, with a host of new scents, sights, and textures.

Give your child periods of silence. Their brain will thank you for it.

Science shows that silence is good for you. Researchers did experiments with animals and found that exposure to silence prompted cell development in the brain. This article includes some practical suggestions and answers to frequently asked questions.

Autism activities: The benefits of downtime for children with autism

Looking for worthwhile activities for your autistic child during his free time? Read about the research pointing to the benefits of downtime and unguided discovery.

Asperger’s, meltdowns, and the feel-good neurotransmitter

Anxiety levels and meltdowns in Asperger’s are shown to be linked to abnormalities in brain Serotonin levels. Sensory Enrichment Therapy can help as an autism treatment. Here’s an example of an exercise.

Good music improves speech therapy for people with autism and Asperger’s

Several recent studies have concluded that children with autism, severely non verbal or partially verbal improve in both cognition and language when exposed to pleasant music, which has great implications for the development of speech therapy. Music also increases their attention and focus.

Strategies to handle your child’s anxiety during the summer

Some parents see an increase in their child’s anxiety during the summer. It can be exhausting for parents to convince their child that everyday tasks are not the enemy. Studies show that nearly 40% of children and adolescents with autism have clinically elevated levels of anxiety, or at least one anxiety disorder (1). It is no […]

A mother’s touch can trigger genes that shape her child’s stress response

Dr. Michael Meaney’s research turns the old nature-versus-nurture debate on its head. His work shows that a mother’s touch can trigger genes that shape her child’s stress response.

Three sensory enrichment techniques to help your child with autism cope with tragedy

Tragedy may hit anyone, anywhere at some point in life and this article is about three techniques to help your child with autism recover after a tragedy.

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.

Relaxation Technique: nature slideshow with beautiful music and mountains.

Multisensory therapy is all about doing short, gentle sensory exercises that help the brain. It’s not about repeating things over and over for hours, hoping that somehow the skill will be acquired. It’s about boosting the parts of the brain that can learn the skill naturally. In this case, the slideshow is designed for children […]