Play With Your Food Book

Created by an Occupational Therapist, tested and approved by kids - 'Play With Your Food' will have your picky eaters enjoying meals in no time at all!

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Sign up for the free virtual Autism Parenting Summit to hear myself and 20+ other speakers share insights into parenting kids with Autism. I will be speaking about Picky Eating: How to Get Your Picky Eater to Love Food AND Help in the Kitchen! 

helping kids with spd

Helping Kids with SPD Survive the Lunchroom

Children diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder can be easily overwhelmed by simple sounds, sights, and smells. You can imagine how hard a lunchroom would be. There is an enormous amount of sensory input coming from the lunchroom – the noises, the various smells, and the number of people. The lunchroom is supposed to be an area for eating and socializing. It is also a time to relax from the cognitive work they did in the classroom. But how do you relax when everything is overwhelming you???

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Sensory Dough | “Play With Your Food” – Episode Six

Mix, Pour, Play!

This activity is great for children to strengthen fine motor skills and work on sensory issues. The dough can be made to easily slide right off your hands which allows for fun play but a quick clean-up for when they start to feel overwhelmed.

Thanks for joining us today. Follow along with us for more fun activities every week!

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5 healthy lunch ideas

5 Healthy School Lunch Ideas

When meal prepping, you should be sure to include, fruits, vegetables, protein, and dairy (if they require substitute a non-dairy option). It is important to provide a vegetable as it aids with digestion. Children who only eat carbohydrates have something called carb crashes. This means that they get energy from the carb that is easily digested causing a spike in the blood sugar levels, then those sugar levels crash. As a result, your child will appear hyper then tired. When proteins and vegetables are part of the diet, they reduce this making your child’s blood sugars more stable.

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Sarah Appleman MS, OTR/L is a published Author, Speaker, and Pediatric Occupational Therapist. Sarah holds a master’s degree from Touro College in Occupational Therapy. She specializes in early intervention in children diagnosed with Sensory Processing Dysfunction. Sarah has worked as a senior therapist, supervisor, and mentor. She was also a supervisor for School Districts, worked in-home care as well as outpatient facilities. 

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