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Sensory Avoiding vs. Sensory Seeking Behaviors - 19 Nov 2018 02:16

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<p>I am surrounded by sensory processing resources and education all the time. I tend to forget that others may not understand many of the terms related to sensory processing&nbsp;behaviors or sensory processing disorder. I recently saw a conversation on Facebook between some acquaintances that prompted me to address some common misconceptions when it comes to sensory processing. So today we are going to look at <strong>sensory avoiding vs. sensory seeking behaviors</strong>.</p>
<p>And did you know there is a third category for under-responsiveness to sensory input? Let's dive right in!</p>
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<p>There are a few terms we need to dissect before we can begin to understand what sensory avoiding or sensory seeking behaviors can look like. You will see these terms referred to in a few different ways depending on what book you read, so I am including all the common phrases to describe each.</p>
<p><strong>SENSORY AVOIDING</strong></p>
<p>You will see sensory avoiding referred to as a few different things: hyper-responsive, over-responsive or hypersensitivity.&nbsp; Children with sensory avoiding behaviors are excessively responsive to sensory input. The slightest movement, touch, or sound could send you or a child into a negative behavior response. They will often avoid certain&nbsp;sensations, sounds, or environments because of this heightened awareness and response.</p>
<p><strong>SENSORY SEEKING</strong></p>
<p>You will see sensory seeking referred to as hypo-responsive or hyposensitivity.&nbsp; This means a&nbsp;child does not receive enough sensory input and is constantly looking for or “seeking” it to get to that “just-right” level of arousal. These behaviors can impact their day because they are not able to focus or attend to a task until they are at that just-right level.</p>
<p><strong>UNDER-RESPONSIVE</strong></p>
<p>There is a third category that can be overlooked and may seem similar to sensory avoiding, but it is very different. Children with an under-responsive sensory system exhibit a diminished response to sensory input. More sensory input is needed than average in order to get a response. They can look like they are “lazy” or “tired” and just don't pay attention to their surroundings.</p>
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<h3>Common Misconceptions with Sensory Avoidings vs. Sensory Seeking</h3>
<p>A common misconception is that if a child is a sensory avoider in a few areas of sensory processing that they will avoid all types of sensory input. This is simply not true. A child could avoid auditory or tactile input (sounds and touch) but could crave vestibular input (the sense of balance). And they could even avoid or crave different activities within the same sensory system.</p>
<p>What could this look like? You may have a child who can't stand tags on their clothing or the seems in their socks or shirts (part of the tactile system). But they may crave a tight fitting shirt or need to wear a weighted vest or a lycra body sock for different situations (this is tactile and proprioceptive input).</p>
<p>You may have a child who loves to spin or hang upside down but is afraid of heights (this is all part of the vestibular system).</p>
<p><strong>A child may also have sensory seeking behaviors with one sensory system or avoiding behaviors or under-responsive behaviors with a different one.&nbsp;</strong></p>
<p>It important to address a child's sensory avoiding, sensory seeking, and under-responsive behaviors when we are looking at sensory processing. All three can play a part in helping them to learn strategies and self-regulation tools to get through their day.</p>
<p>I have a 9-day sensory processing email series that will give you a quick overview of each of the 8 sensory systems, including avoiding, seeking, and under-responsive behaviors. You can sign up for it below!</p>
<p>If you'd rather not sign up with an email address, I also have a blog post on addressing each of the eight sensory systems here.</p>
<p>And if you would like to learn all about sensory avoiding, sensory seeking, and under-responsive behaviors along with tips, tools, and strategies for parents and educators, I have co-authored a book with my good friend Sharla. Sensory Processing Explained: A Handbook for Parents and Educators is your one-stop read for anything and everything related to sensory processing.</p>
<p>We address sensory vs. behavior (and how to tell the difference), sensory meltdowns vs. tantrums, and give you tips, tools, and strategies for addressing sensory needs in the home or classroom.</p>
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Paris Undergoes a Green Transformation - 16 Nov 2018 02:40

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The schoolyard of Paris’s Avenue Daumesnil &Eacute;cole Maternelle doesn’t look like the site of a revolution: It’s the modest play space of a state-run kindergarten.
<p>But look closer. The yard has just been subtly remodeled to make it better able to tolerate a hotter, wetter world. Over the summer break, its conventional impermeable concrete surfaces were ripped up and replaced with a porous sub-layer that can act as a sponge for stormwater. Over this base went a layer of fully permeable pavement that allows water to drain through, minimizing the risk of flooding.
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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? - 13 Nov 2018 02:07

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<p>I found a fun series by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee called <em>Bink &amp; Gollie</em>. This is a really cute series. Bink and Gollie are the best of friends. It seems to me that Gollie is the babysitter, but I could be wrong. At times it seems like Bink is pestering Gollie but they always seem to have fun adventures together. I think my favorite story was <em>Give a Fish a Home</em>. Bink buys a goldfish to be his “marvelous companion” and Gollie seems to get jealous because Bink brings his fish, called Fred, everywhere with him. They take Fred roller skating, but Bink trips, and drops the fishbowl with Fred in it. Gollie grabs him and puts him in the pond nearby to save his life. Bink learns that Gollie is actually his marvelous companion decides visits to the pond will work just fine.</p>
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<p>I absolutely love Kate DiCamillo and so far I’ve enjoyed every book of hers that I’ve read. The main thing that makes her writing so unique is her use of vocabulary. These books are great for 1<sup>st</sup> grade, but because of the wide range of vocabulary there are a lot of words that they’ll need help with. Some examples are: Greetings, bonanza, compromise, outrageous, unwillingness, implore ventured, extraordinary, marvelous, companions… But why not teach kids these amazing words!</p>
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<p>I plan to finish the book this week!</p>
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10 Pine Cone Crafts to Do This Fall - 06 Nov 2018 03:32

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<h4>Pine Cone Owls</h4>
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<h4>Pine Cone Hedgehog</h4>
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<h4>Painted Pine Cones</h4>
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Sweet Love and Sweet Passions at Bayside Book Reviews a - 03 Nov 2018 02:06

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Assistive Tech in Video Games is Great for Both the Dis - 31 Oct 2018 02:30

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<p>(Disclosure: I am a Nintendo Ambassador and was provided one or more products mentioned in this article, but not for the purpose of this article. Words, opinions and ideas are mine.)</p>
<p>When we were kids, games were unforgiving and brutal. They taught us lessons about persistence and adaptation, but they also only catered to able-bodied people with lightning quick reflexes.</p>
<p>These days, games are different. One of the biggest criticisms I hear is that games are “soft” – that they’re not as punishing on folks and that some of the modes and options actually make games <em>too easy</em>. Well, I think some of these technologies and options are great.</p>
<h3>Xbox One: Copilot mode</h3>
<p>For example, the Xbox One now has a setting for “target=&quot;_blank&quot; rel=&quot;noopener noreferrer copilot mode.” Enabling this allows you to set two controllers to one player. Copilot mode allows folks with disabilities to use two controllers – maybe one in one hand and another with another body part like their foot or chin (or a player like BrolyLegs, target=&quot;_blank&quot; rel=&quot;noopener noreferrer who uses his mouth). Those two controllers can also be custom mapped (through other options) so that a disabled player can use the buttons and sticks that they’re comfortable using.</p>
<p>This is the super bland screen where you can turn on the Copilot option, found under&nbsp;<strong>Settings</strong> &gt; <strong>All settings</strong> &gt; <strong>Ease of Access</strong> &gt; <b>Controller</b>:</p>
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<p>Copilot mode is great for disability, but it also has merits in parenting. Parents may want to share a game with their kid but know that a game will be too overwhelming for their child. In that case, they can split movement and attacks between two controllers in an action game or split steering and gas/brake pedals between two controllers in a driving game. Admit it, you and your kid have tried to double-up on one controller before, putting way too many fingers in too small of a space. Copilot mode can give you both some maneuvering room while still sharing a character.</p>
<h3>Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Smart Steering, Auto-accelerate</h3>
<p>One of the most anticipated games on the Nintendo Switch was <em>Mario Kart 8 Deluxe</em>, an update of the WiiU’s <em>Mario Kart 8</em>&nbsp;that added a couple of new characters,&nbsp;tracks, karts, weapons and a revamped Battle mode gave fans the winning equation with just enough new stuff. Also included are “smart steering” and “auto-accelerate” options. For the disabled, both options allow for someone to play one-handed; smart steering keeps your kart on course, stopping you from driving off-road and falling into drops, and auto-accelerate automatically maintains speed, allowing you to steer yourself.</p>
<p>Here’s what the pause screen looks like with the accessibility options up top:</p>
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<p>For children wanting to play <em>Mario Kart</em> with their siblings or parents, this is a wonderful addition. At first, I thought of smart steering and auto-accelerate as “dumbing down” the game, but the more I thought about it as an <em>accessibility option</em>, the more I appreciated it. Let’s be honest: <em>Mario Kart</em> isn’t just a matter of simple steering and acceleration. The tracks are complicated (<em>Rainbow Road?!</em>) and the addition of folks hitting each other with turtle shells makes for an experience requiring reflexes and ability.&nbsp;Reddit is peppered with target=&quot;_blank&quot; rel=&quot;noopener noreferrer stories from thankful parents whose children (abled and disabled) can now play games with their siblings because of these options.</p>
<h3>Injustice 2: AI loadouts</h3>
<p>I love fighting games. I want my son to love fighting games. I want him to be able to <em>play</em> fighting games. But explaining hitboxes, combos and meter burning to an eight year old is impossible. <em>Injustice 2</em>, a superhero fighting game, is immediately appealing to my son. He&nbsp;couldn’t wait to play as Batman, Superman, The Flash and Bane. And being able to earn gear and change the look of your heroes is really attractive to my son’s customization generation. But <em>man oh man</em>. <em>Injustice 2</em> is a very technical fighter riddled with counters, wake-up attacks and long combos. My son, frankly, wants to button mash. He pulls off some special moves here and there, but for the most part his tactic is to jump himself into a corner and hit every button until something lands.</p>
<p>Great news for parents: <em>Injustice 2</em> has “AI loadouts” for your characters. In the Multiverse mode, you fight against a ladder&nbsp;of enemies under variable conditions. You might have to fight everyone without using special moves, or your super meters might recharge faster. Maybe you have to fight upside down (yeah, literally upside down. It’s not fun.), or maybe you’ll have to fight while icicles drop from the top of the screen and freeze you. Or, maybe the match conditions are normal, but the enemies ramp up in skill as you go. Whatever the condition, if your child (or you, I won’t judge) gets frustrated, you can set your character to use an AI loadout and the game will simply fight for you – oftentimes with success.</p>
<p>True, this isn’t as much rooted in accessibility for disabilities, but accessibility for all audiences is important for parents. Here’s what the AI loadout screen looks like when selecting a character:</p>
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<p>I want my son to try to beat a foe himself. I want him to learn from his failures and try again. And I want him to feel like persistence is rewarding. But I also don’t want my son to hit a wall and lose interest in the game. For him, using an AI loadout on particularly tough levels helps him keep interest and not feel like he’s always got to come to me to beat an enemy for him.</p>
<h3>High-Contrast/Colorblind Modes</h3>
<p>As many as 8% of men and 0.5% of women (with Northern European ancestry) target=&quot;_blank&quot; rel=&quot;noopener noreferrer have a form of colorblindness. I’ve known a couple of gaming buddies who are colorblind. One of them let me know that he was having trouble discerning enemies from friendlies in <em>Call of Duty</em> because of his colorblindess. When I told him that Call of Duty has a colorblind mode, he was surprised. The game was now playable for him.</p>
<p>Some games employ a whole-screen filter – one that changes the whole game’s coloring in hopes that it solves the color issue. Some games use high-contrast modes that bump up the saturation and contrast of game colors in order to make elements on the screen stand out more.</p>
<p><img data-attachment-id="20332" data-permalink="http://8bitdad.com/2017/05/31/assistive-tech-video-games-great-disabled-children-20325/accessibility-colorblind/" data-orig-file="http://8bitdad.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/accessibility-colorblind.jpg" data-orig-size="650,664" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;" data-image-title="Accessibility Colorblind" data-image-description="&lt;p&gt;8BitDad.com&lt;/p&gt;
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<p>You can see the multiple options <em>Call of Duty: Black Ops III</em> give you.</p>
<p>The most effective systems&nbsp;offer palette swaps and recoloring of individual elements, giving options for the three common kinds of colorblindness: protanopia, deuteranopia and tritanopia (see screens above). That way, things like enemy/friendly names that usually appear on red/blue spectrum are changed to, for example, magenta/green. Games like <em>Destiny</em>, <em>Battlefield 4</em> and the <em>Call of Duty</em> franchise employ this type of change.</p>
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<p>These aren’t all of the assistive modes and technologies being used in gaming, but these have stood out recently to me as helpful – in some cases for&nbsp;disabled people and in others for children. Do you utilize any assitive tech for yourself or your kids while you game? Tell us about it in the comments!</p>

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Switzerland and a Summit on Family Trends - 28 Oct 2018 02:27

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The meetings were held here and the surrounding ski resorts, including downhill and cross country skiing are very popular in this area of Switzerland's winter wonderland!
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The rooms were enchanting:
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In the building to the right is the spa where there are two big &quot;beds&quot; of hay where you can relax and forget all your troubles : )! It took me right back to my farm roots and actually produced the desired result!
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The food was the best of local food as well as a restaurant with a Michelin Star chef! &nbsp;It's a place where Roger Federer and his wife sometimes dine, as he has a house in the next valley! &nbsp;Just FYI.
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The afterglow of our amazing experience there lasted all the way back to Zurich, where we did a workshop on family for the Eyre's Stake congregation there. The ride back was spectacular and we had such a fun group of parents at the meeting as well as two terrific translators who did a great job! Tal introduced us in High German! A first and a big effort for him! He is trying to hard to learn German but it has been so hard with his extensive travel schedule for work. He was delighted that people laughed at his jokes so he knew they were understanding what he was saying! Thanks not only for that Tal, but also for adding so much to the discussion. There's nothing like having &nbsp;someone who was raised in our house there to explain &quot;the real deal&quot;!
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It will probably take a couple of years for the film to come to the theaters but the direction we should go settled in our minds as we digested what we learned! We grew to love all the participants of the Summit and are so grateful for their input!
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The meetings were held here and the surrounding ski resorts, including downhill and cross country skiing are very popular in this area of Switzerland's winter wonderland!
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The rooms were enchanting:
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In the building to the right is the spa where there are two big &quot;beds&quot; of hay where you can relax and forget all your troubles : )! It took me right back to my farm roots and actually produced the desired result!
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The food was the best of local food as well as a restaurant with a Michelin Star chef! &nbsp;It's a place where Roger Federer and his wife sometimes dine, as he has a house in the next valley! &nbsp;Just FYI.
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The afterglow of our amazing experience there lasted all the way back to Zurich, where we did a workshop on family for the Eyre's Stake congregation there. The ride back was spectacular and we had such a fun group of parents at the meeting as well as two terrific translators who did a great job! Tal introduced us in High German! A first and a big effort for him! He is trying to hard to learn German but it has been so hard with his extensive travel schedule for work. He was delighted that people laughed at his jokes so he knew they were understanding what he was saying! Thanks not only for that Tal, but also for adding so much to the discussion. There's nothing like having &nbsp;someone who was raised in our house there to explain &quot;the real deal&quot;!
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It will probably take a couple of years for the film to come to the theaters but the direction we should go settled in our minds as we digested what we learned! We grew to love all the participants of the Summit and are so grateful for their input!
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Switzerland and a Summit on Family Trends - 28 Oct 2018 02:25

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The meetings were held here and the surrounding ski resorts, including downhill and cross country skiing are very popular in this area of Switzerland's winter wonderland!
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The rooms were enchanting:
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In the building to the right is the spa where there are two big &quot;beds&quot; of hay where you can relax and forget all your troubles : )! It took me right back to my farm roots and actually produced the desired result!
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The food was the best of local food as well as a restaurant with a Michelin Star chef! &nbsp;It's a place where Roger Federer and his wife sometimes dine, as he has a house in the next valley! &nbsp;Just FYI.
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The afterglow of our amazing experience there lasted all the way back to Zurich, where we did a workshop on family for the Eyre's Stake congregation there. The ride back was spectacular and we had such a fun group of parents at the meeting as well as two terrific translators who did a great job! Tal introduced us in High German! A first and a big effort for him! He is trying to hard to learn German but it has been so hard with his extensive travel schedule for work. He was delighted that people laughed at his jokes so he knew they were understanding what he was saying! Thanks not only for that Tal, but also for adding so much to the discussion. There's nothing like having &nbsp;someone who was raised in our house there to explain &quot;the real deal&quot;!
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It will probably take a couple of years for the film to come to the theaters but the direction we should go settled in our minds as we digested what we learned! We grew to love all the participants of the Summit and are so grateful for their input!
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The meetings were held here and the surrounding ski resorts, including downhill and cross country skiing are very popular in this area of Switzerland's winter wonderland!
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The rooms were enchanting:
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In the building to the right is the spa where there are two big &quot;beds&quot; of hay where you can relax and forget all your troubles : )! It took me right back to my farm roots and actually produced the desired result!
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The food was the best of local food as well as a restaurant with a Michelin Star chef! &nbsp;It's a place where Roger Federer and his wife sometimes dine, as he has a house in the next valley! &nbsp;Just FYI.
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The afterglow of our amazing experience there lasted all the way back to Zurich, where we did a workshop on family for the Eyre's Stake congregation there. The ride back was spectacular and we had such a fun group of parents at the meeting as well as two terrific translators who did a great job! Tal introduced us in High German! A first and a big effort for him! He is trying to hard to learn German but it has been so hard with his extensive travel schedule for work. He was delighted that people laughed at his jokes so he knew they were understanding what he was saying! Thanks not only for that Tal, but also for adding so much to the discussion. There's nothing like having &nbsp;someone who was raised in our house there to explain &quot;the real deal&quot;!
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It will probably take a couple of years for the film to come to the theaters but the direction we should go settled in our minds as we digested what we learned! We grew to love all the participants of the Summit and are so grateful for their input!
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