Sensory Friendly Dental Environments?
Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
For children with Sensory Integration challenges, going to the dentist is particularly daunting. However, research on “Sensory Adapted Dental Environments” may help soften the experience in the future. Click here to learn more.
While it is rare to find a pediatric dentist with a sensory friendly environment who is keenly attuned to the needs of children with SPD and those on the autistic spectrum, in Bergen County we are fortunate enough to have a dentist with an environment replete with spa music, nature sounds, smells and tactile toys to calm the senses of parents, employees and doctors. A shout out to Purnima Hernandez who has been an advocate, sensory star and recently became a BCBA. Check out her practice here: www.Bergenpediatricdentistry.com.
How to Make the Change: Essential Tips for Transitioning Your Child to a Big Kid Bed
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
It can be difficult to help your child transition from a crib to a bed. Sometimes your child may climb out of the crib before you really feel he/she is ready for a big kid bed, and the decision is hastened. Alternatively, you make be expecting an addition to the family, which may prompt the need to move your older child to a bed. Whenever and however it happens, here are a few helpful tips for making the transition as smooth as can be.
Minimize the changes:
a. Stick to the same bed time routine that was established when your child was in the crib
b. Place the bed in the same location in the room as the crib
c. If your child has a preferred plush toy or blankie, make sure that it makes the move to the new bed
Build the hype:
a. Allow your child to help pick the sheets for his/her new bed to build excitement and to feel some ownership for the new bed.
b. Read books together about transitioning to a bed, such as Sesame Street’s Big Enough for a Bed by Apple Jordan & John E. Barrett or Your Own Big Bed by Rita Bergstein.
c. Make your child feel like a big boy/girl for sleeping in a big bed
Safety first: Many children do not realize initially that they can come right out of bed, but safety is key:
a. Place a gate at the door to your child’s room so that he/she cannot walk out of the bedroom unsupervised and possibly happen upon danger (i.e., stairs).
b. Survey your child’s room carefully. There may be items in the room that were not of concern when your child was confined to the crib, but that you want to remove or place out of reach in case your child comes out of bed and can explore freely. Be particularly mindful of items on the changing table, such as vitamins or medications.
Blog written by: Aviva Goldwasser, MS, OTR/L & Chaye Lamm Warburg, DPS, OTR/L, Director of POTS
This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 and is filed under Navigating the system, Parenting.
10 Things We Know About Autism That We Didn’t Know a Year Ago
Monday, April 8th, 2013
In her Huffington Post article “10 Things We Know About Autism That We Didn’t Know a Year Ago,” Geraldine Dawson, Chief Science Officer at Autism Speaks, shares some of the great progress made in autism research in just the last year. As we celebrate and recognize Autism Awareness Month this April, Dawson reminds us not only of the steps forward we’ve taken, but how many more still need to be made. Take a look at her article and tell us what you think below. What are some things you’ve learned about autism this year that you didn’t know before?
Autism is Not a Parenting Fail
Monday, February 25th, 2013
Responding to Brenda Rothman’s “Autism is Not a Parenting Fail” on The Huffington Post.
Hopefully Brenda Rothman’s experience as a mother of a child with autism is different from that of parents of newly diagnosed children these days. At POTS, when coaching parents of children with differences, from mild to catastrophic, we emphasize that each child develops on his/her own timeline. Parents do not have the power to cause their children’s differences, but they do have the power to help them discover their unique passions and strengths and capitalize on them. It may be a lot of hard work to figure out what that is, but the end result is worth it. Working from a strength-based model rather that focusing on deficits can open up a world of possibilities to children, whose skills and interests are not those of typically developing children. Each parent will need to write his/her own child’s instruction manual, and be sure to give all of those on their team access to it.
Submitted by Chaye Lamm Warburg, DPS, Director of POTS
The 6 People You Need in Your Corner
Friday, February 15th, 2013
It takes a village to raise a child, especially a child with unique needs. But the composition of that village is rarely discussed in detail. I would look to Jessica Hagy’s Forbes article “The 6 People You Need in Your Corner” to suggest a team of people with the diverse qualities and positive energy you can surround yourself with as you continually evolve as a parent and an advocate for your child.
At POTS we assume different roles depending on the qualities and needs of the child and family. We are always Cheerleaders and often the Instigators, propelling our parents to make things happen for their children. We are the Taskmaster who will keep you on track making sure that you never miss an opportunity or a deadline. The Connector to help you reach out to new allies and broaden your support system. The Doubter, the voice of reason that demands you clarify your goals and keeps you on task. Finally, the Example are those parents who have done it before you, survived the maelstrom and came out stronger and wiser.
Submitted by Chaye Lamm Warburg, DPS, Director of POTS