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Bonus Child Behavior Tips and Updates, Issue #005 -- teaser here
May 16, 2010 updates

Now you can find even more information about sensory processing disorder. New pages about this disorder include:
Sensory Processing Disorder
Sensory Modulation Disorder (subtype of SPD)
Sensory Seeking
Vestibular Dysfunction
Tactile Dysfunction
Olfactory Dysfunction
Auditory Dysfunction
Wilbarger Brushing Protocol
• Also, be sure to read my child behavior blog for additional updated pages and blog posts with more ways to help improve your child’s behavior!

Bonus Child Behavior Tip

Wilbarger Brushing Protocol

As some of you may have read, my son was recently evaluated by an occupational therapist and determined to have sensory processing disorder. She recommended that we use the Wilbarger brushing protocol, which I have created a new page describing it as shown above if you are interested in learning more.

I just wanted to share that this particular therapy for children with sensory challenges turned out to be very helpful for my son. We are still continuing to work on his speech, but he has been sleeping much better, transitioning better and following directions better. His preschool teacher stated that he is playing with his friends more in class and showing much more calm and focused behavior as well. You can read more about my adventures in parenting at my new blog…

If you have a child that has behavior difficulties please review the pages about sensory processing disorder. Sometimes the symptoms are very subtle and may not be noticeable except in terms of behavior challenges. Symptoms may be very similar to those of ADHD.

Treatment is mostly in the form of occupational therapy unless your child may have additional areas of need. I feel relieved to have discovered a simple way of helping my son and am now realizing how often this disorder may actually exist without anyone’s knowledge. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

What’s in the News?

Spanking linked to aggression

A new study from Tulane University shows that spanking in 3-year-old children leads to increased aggression when the child is 5-years-old. Mothers of 2,500 children were interviewed and asked how often they spanked along with how aggressive their children were. The results showed that children spanked were more likely to be aggressive later on.

Spanking is a discipline that fails to teach a child what to do instead of what the child shouldn’t do. It undermines the relationship between the child and the caregiver, which can break the caregiver-child bond of trust. Children that have been spanked are also more likely to have difficulties with depression, low self-esteem, and anger management.

There are a lot of alternative ways to respond to your child’s behavior that does not include the use of spanking. Logical consequences are more effective in teaching a child why he/she shouldn’t have done the behavior. It is also important to respond with empathy when giving the consequences as opposed to anger. A great resource for learning how to do this are the books Parenting with Love and Logic, which you can find more information about by either clicking on the link above or going to the page

For more on this news story, check out the following link

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