Monday, February 14, 2011

When friends move away

My family and I live in an area of the country with a lot of corporate headquarters (big oil companies) as well as NASA.  Recently, many families have had to move due to job cuts and corporate mergers.  Since both of my kids have SPD as well as other issues, it often takes them a while to make friends.  Once they get to know their friends, they surely do not want them to leave.  It has been difficult for my kids (as well as for me) when they see these people go.  I have reassured them that we can try to keep in touch with their friends.  We plan to get a camera for the computer so that we can use Skype.  Also, we are already planning some visits.  It is still difficult.  Especially for the little ones.  How does your family deal with the issue when friends move away?

Friday, February 11, 2011

Brady Rymer and The Autism Project

My children and I were listening to Kid's Place Live on XM satellite radio the other day.  It was the "Absolutely Mindy" show in the afternoon.  Mindy played a song called the "Picky Eater" song.  She also stated that it was from a CD for the Autism Project and the song is by Brady Rymer  I googled the song and could not find it.  Anyway, I went to the Kid's Place Live facebook page and asked where I could find the CD and it has not been released yet.  However, it sounds like this is going to be an awesome CD and should be released soon.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Time is up!

I don't know about any of the other parents out there but sometimes, my kids just don't want to get ready for school in the morning.  Especially Monday morning!  Don't despair though.  This doesn't just work for ADD/ADHD kids or SPD kids, I bet it works for many others too.  What we have found that works is a timer!  Yes, for some reason, put a timer into the picture and those same kiddos will try as hard as they can to beat the timer.  It's almost like it turns getting ready for school into a game.  We just use a plain old two dollar kitchen timer but there are many other kinds too.  If you go to they have one that has red where the given amount of time is and the red disappears as the time goes away.  That way, the child can see how much time they have left.  When the red goes away, time is up and it is game over!  Who will win, the child getting ready for school or the timer?  I have a feeling that when the timer is put into use, the child will win every time!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The World of SPD

It has been a while since I have posted and now I want to get back in the swing of things.  I want to touch on people's opinions on Sensory Processing Disorder.  You may be new to this whole topic or you may be an expert.  Either way, you have probably gotten a whole lot of feedback concerning SPD.

First of all, SPD is not BS!  There are many books on the topic and doctors that have spent their entire careers researching the topic and working with kids to get them the help they need.  My favorite book is "The Out of Sync Child" by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.  Carol has a website at  There is also a great book titled "The Out of Sync Child Has Fun".    Which helps parents with creative ways to plan activities for their SPD kids.  There are seminars, blog groups, and conventions where you can talk to doctors and parents and learn more about SPD.

Second of all, we as parents of SPD kids are not looking to use this as an excuse.  We are doing everything we can to help our kids grow and take care of themselves as well as help them get through each day.

Finally, please do not let anything someone says get you down.  If you know something is wrong with your child, get answers.  Keep asking questions until you get the help your child needs!

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