Across Generations: Older Fathers May Transmit Autism Risk To Their Grandkids
Alice G. Walton, forbes.com
In the ever-complicating dis­cus­sion of how devel­op­men­tal dis­or­ders like autism devel­op, new stud­ies con­tin­ue to throw new vari­ables into the mix. It’s pret­ty well thought that autism devel­ops from a com­bi­na­tion of genet­ic and…

Older fathers may transmit autism risk to grand kids..

Across Generations: Older Fathers May Transmit Autism Risk To Their Grandkids
Alice G. Walton, forbes.com

In the ever-complicating dis­cus­sion of how devel­op­men­tal dis­or­ders like autism devel­op, new stud­ies con­tin­ue to throw new vari­ables into the mix. It’s pret­ty well thought that autism devel­ops from a com­bi­na­tion of genet­ic and…

Older fathers may transmit autism risk to grand kids..

Autism Prevalence Is Now At 1 In 50 Children
Emily Willingham, forbes.com
The US Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion (CDC) has released new fig­ures for autism preva­lence in the Unit­ed States. They now give a preva­lence of 1 in 50, but this story, like most autism-related sto­ries, goes deep­er than the…

Autism Prevalence is now at 1/50 children

Autism Prevalence Is Now At 1 In 50 Children
Emily Willingham, forbes.com

The US Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion (CDC) has released new fig­ures for autism preva­lence in the Unit­ed States. They now give a preva­lence of 1 in 50, but this story, like most autism-related sto­ries, goes deep­er than the…

Autism Prevalence is now at 1/50 children

blog| legs up the wall - blog
lululemon ambassador - David Good, lululemon.com
Our Toron­to ambas­sador David Good wants you to stop what you’re doing and put your legs up the wall. Read on to find out why he’s so pas­sion­ate about this restora­tive yoga pose, and then find a w …

Legs up the wall! If you don’t have time for yoga take the time for just this one pose…

blog| legs up the wall - blog
lululemon ambassador - David Good, lululemon.com

Our Toron­to ambas­sador David Good wants you to stop what you’re doing and put your legs up the wall. Read on to find out why he’s so pas­sion­ate about this restora­tive yoga pose, and then find a w

Legs up the wall! If you don’t have time for yoga take the time for just this one pose…

How to Practice Downward Facing Dog Correctly
#DailyCupofYoga, dailycupofyoga.com
One of the most foundational poses to any yoga practice is Downward Facing Dog, or Adho Mukha Svanasana. This posture not only relieves lower back pain and sciatic nerve discomfort, but also helps to minimize depression and tightness in the…

How to Practice Downward Facing Dog Correctly
#DailyCupofYoga, dailycupofyoga.com

One of the most foundational poses to any yoga practice is Downward Facing Dog, or Adho Mukha Svanasana. This posture not only relieves lower back pain and sciatic nerve discomfort, but also helps to minimize depression and tightness in the…

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Which sensory systems are your favorite Olympians using? 

Which sensory systems are your favorite Olympians using? 

Sensory Processing Disorder and Sports

Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) may present with individual characteristics that can affect their fit with certain sports. Some aspects of a sport may make it a great match: for example, joining the track team for a child who seeks vestibular input. Other sports may be less suitable. Take the child who is unable to sustain their vision on a focal point and experiences visual sensitivity. Sports like baseball, demanding the players keep their eye on the ball, may be more of a challenge.

Factors to consider when choosing a sport:

1. Child’s Strengths and Weaknesses:

Motor coordination and praxis level: This can change within a sport as well. A dog paddle requires low coordination in comparison to the skillful motor planning of the breaststroke.  

Muscle tone: Children with SPD often have lower muscle tone than children without SPD. This can translate to more energy being used for the child with SPD during certain quick actions, such as the stopping and turning in basketball or soccer.

On the other hand, when swinging a golf club back and forth before the hit and bouncing the ball in tennis to prepare a serve, more time is allowed for muscle fibers to be recruited, which means less energy is expended to recruit them.

2. Stimuli of Sport Environment:

Each sport has a unique sensory profile that should be considered when a child with SPD participates. Is there constant whistle-blowing? This could be over-stimulating to the auditory-sensitive child. Swimming could be an excellent fit for a child who seeks proprioceptive feedback. Read the Sport Sensory Characteristics list at the end of this handout. 

3. Energy Requirements:

Lower energy sports: bowling, fishing, hiking, recreational cycling, baseball, martial arts, horseback riding, golf, yoga, table tennis

Higher energy sports: basketball, track and field, cheerleading, cross country, dance, rock climbing, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, skiing, BMX bike racing, hockey, mountain biking

4. Dynamic vs. Static:

More static: bowling, diving, hiking, archery, trampoline, yoga, martial arts, track and field, rock climbing

Less dynamic: skiing, skating, fencing, volleyball, cycling, wrestling, racquet sports, horseback riding, baseball

More dynamic: dance, field hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, basketball, ultimate Frisbee

Fortunately, bringing the subject to light doesn’t mean limitations must remain in place. Awareness is a step toward managing a child’s sensory processing issues so they’re able to participate in what they want! 


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