Best Sensory Items

Part of having an autistic child is understanding sensory. It took me a while to understand it, and I still have sometimes where I do not fully understand it. I do know that sensory can be a challenge and my best advice is to find out what kind of sensory your child is wanting. 

Sometimes, certain sounds, sights, smells, textures, and tastes can create a feeling of “sensory overload.” Other times, Bright or flickering lights, loud noises, certain textures of food, and scratchy clothing are just some of the triggers that can cause children to feel overwhelmed. 

There are different types of sensory: One is oversensitivity which leads to sensory avoiding. Kids avoid sensory input because it’s too overwhelming. The other is under sensitivity (hyposensitivity) which causes kids to be sensory seeking. They look for more sensory stimulation.

There are lots of ways to help navigate through sensory, but it takes time.

Susie Liberatore is a single mother to a special needs child and has successful businesses. She loves evolving and growth with others. 

Susie Liberatore is the owner, and Art Director, of Visions2images Creative Services. She helps established businesses grow their brand awareness by using digital marketing and professional branding techniques. With over a decade of agency and corporate experience, she brings businesses’ visions to life, while watching their return on investment increase. 


The Top Reasons for ABA

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a great tool for autistic kids. It really helps them get the help that they need in order to be successful and learn properly. It covers so many topics, ideas, and curriculum. At first, I was scared of this program because I was still in denial about my child being autistic. I am not certified in any of this, this is all my opinion from a parent standpoint. 

This program takes some time before you see results. Nothing will happen overnight and for the longest time I had to keep telling myself that. Here are the top 4 reasons why I would recommend ABA for anyone who is autistic:

  1. They still get social interaction: There are other kids in the program and they do circle time in addition to fun activities. Most of the time people claim the children don’t get the interaction they need, but that couldn’t be further from the truth!
  2. Non-verbal communication: Before we started ABA, communicating was a complete mess. We tried sign language. We tried a lot of things. Now, we are able to actually communicate either with pictures or sign language. Obviously, our end goal is verbal communication but we were able to really gain a lot from this and not be as frustrated!
  3. Celebrate small victories: You can see the progress that your child makes. The program keeps you updated and lets you know what they are working on. This way, when your kid does it at home you can celebrate and keep track of each accomplishment!
  4. Get a break: This might sound kind of rude, but parents need breaks. Especially when you have a special needs child. When I send my kid to ABA, I know he is in excellent care and is receiving the 1 on 1 he needs that sometimes I am not able to provide.

I am not an expert when it comes to ABA, I am just a parent who has her own personal thoughts and feelings. I’d love to hear how you feel about ABA and what has worked for you!

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