IRiS Sensory Room

A few years ago, we did a Tech Tip touring our Autism Resource Center’s unique sensory room.  The idea of a sensory room was born in the late 1970s by two Dutch psychologists, who thought of the room as a therapy for persons with learning disabilities.  Over the years, a sensory room began offering a wide […]

7 Toys for Sensory Integration/Autism– Holiday Gift Guide 2015 Part 4

Ho…Ho…Ho!  Santa Claus will be coming to town in just 15 days!  (Where has the time gone?!)  If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping for your child with (or without) special needs, be sure to check out my 3 featured blogs for some excellent gift ideas: 8 Gift Ideas for Auditory Development 6 Toys for Motor Skill Development […]

Sensory World–fun, inclusive tool for people with learning disabilities

Sensory World is a website featuring a virtual, interactive house filled with several activities.  The company, FitzRoy, developed the online Sensory World to “fill a gap in provision of an accessible website for adults with learning disabilities.”  While visiting the website, users will navigate around a colorful house and garden.  The website is entirely free and can […]

Stimtastic: Affordable toys for stimming behavior

Have you ever tapped your pencil, bitten your nails, twirled your hair, or paced back and forth?  If you have, then you’ve engaged in stimming, an action that is often part of most individuals’ behavior patterns.  So what exactly is stimming?  According to this article on Autism Spectrum Disorders, stimming is short for “self-stimulatory behavior, sometimes also […]

7 Games and Toys for the Visually Impaired

Play is an important part of each child’s development.  During play, children learn essential skills such as communication, cognition, motor skills, social interaction, and other developmental skills.  While play is important for each child’s development, it is especially vital for children who are blind or visually impaired because it’s how they learn to interact with their surroundings.  What are […]

5 Fun Sensory Holiday Crafts!

“Ohh, the weather outside is frightful…”  So doesn’t staying inside sound so delightful?  As temperatures decline and snow begins to blanket the ground, many parents seek ways to keep their children entertained.  Instead of reaching for that tablet computer, try engaging their senses with these holiday craft ideas! 1. Stained Glass Mittens Adorn the windows of your house […]