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October is National Sensory Awareness Month

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October is National Sensory Awareness Month with the theme “Come to Your Senses.” Volunteer packets will be distributed starting this month, July.

This is the fifth year that will lead and sponsor this national campaign to raise awareness regarding sensory integration/sensory processing disorders. I am posting this because I am VERY familiar with SID or SPD as a mom of a child with sensory issues.

Read more about sensory processing disorder at – In fact, if you know a child who cannot sit still, you may start reading about it for the child, only to discover that you have it and that is why you may do some of the things you do.

SI Focus encouragers people that October is the month for working within your own community raising awareness in your schools, among neighbors and within your family.

You can join their volunteers throughout the US and in Canada and England. Contact them at and request one of their free Volunteer Packets. They will send you an electronic packet filled with ideas to raise awareness in your community, press release ideas, a fact sheet and more information.

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Kids Need to Move

basketballSome of you read through my Twitters and think I am one of “those moms” who have high expectations of their children and insist on signing them up for everything under the sun. But rest assured, I am perfectly content letting my 6-year-old do what he desires for activities. It’s just that he desires a lot.

He has a ton of energy and some of you have heard me also mention that he has sensory processing disorder which basically means he needs to move— a lot. And I have rheumatoid arthritis. I need to move—some.

Josh + Mommy = need for activities

So we go to karate 3 days a week, swim lessons, park, McDonald’s, play dates, Legoland, etc. But he needs to be active. Thankfully, we live in sunny San Diego where there is lots of activities!

But I am always glad to find articles like this!, May 26, 2009

Fidgeting helps kids with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder focus by moving to maintain alertness, a University of Central Florida study has found.

Study leader Dr. Mark Rapport suspects they are “under-aroused” — that their brains do not produce enough dopamine to keep them alert during normal day-to-day activities — so the kids move around to jiggle or wake their brains and bodies up. Read Original Article>>

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