October is Sensory Processing Awareness Month

The human body uses five senses — taste, touch, sight, sound, and smell — to send information to the brain, where it is then processed and acted upon. For some children, they have either too much information coming in or too little. This can be overwhelming and/or confusing for the child, causing them to respondContinue reading “October is Sensory Processing Awareness Month”

Red Flags to Watch for in Preschoolers

Play can teach you a lot about your child’s developmental level. By carefully watching their play behavior, you may see red flags that could indicate autism spectrum disorders. If you suspect yourchild is displaying red-flag behavior, be sure to discuss this with your pediatrician, who will be able to guide you to specialists who workContinue reading “Red Flags to Watch for in Preschoolers”

Do you want to play with me?

Twenty some odd years ago, I had a student with autism (“Daniel”) who was developing academic skills, speaking in full sentences, but who had great difficulty playing with or connecting to other children at home or in class. Right around that time, I had attended an autism workshop in Brooklyn where they talked about howContinue reading “Do you want to play with me?”

Play, it’s not just for kids

As adults, we usually think of play as a “break from work” but in actual fact, it is part of everything we do. It’s just labeled differently. When we are told to collaborate or be part of a team, what are we, if not “playing together”? Or how about when we innovate? Is that notContinue reading “Play, it’s not just for kids”