I Hear You

    December 31, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    I hear you. During the first week home from the hospital, my daughter, for two nights, refused to sleep lying down. My husband was working, so my mother and I took 3-hour shifts, holding her in the rocker. She slept, and we struggled to stay awake. My mother said the rosary and I surfed the […]

    6 Great Gift Ideas to Give a Child with Sensory Needs this Holiday Season

    November 14, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    When your child is diagnosed with a sensory disorder, one of the first terms you become intimately involved with is “the sensory diet.” While it often does have something to do with what they eat, it stretches to all areas of life. Coined by Occupational Therapist (OT) Patricia Wilbarger, the sensory diet refers to “the […]

    Happy Halloween!

    October 31, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    This Halloween, let’s pledge to make it an inclusive one! Purchase non-food treats to put in your treat bowl so every kid can put something in their pumpkin. Save the loud, spooky decorations until later in the evening so sensory kids can participate in the festivities without fear.  Remember that a culture’s traditional dress is […]

    How to Help Your Child Navigate Change

    October 17, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    October is a month of changes. The weather changes, the trees change, the days get shorter and the continual progression of holidays begins. It is a lot for little minds and bodies to take in and process. As a result, October can be a difficult month for some kiddos, including my own. Let me begin […]

    Season Changes and New Clothes

    October 10, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    Season changes can be the worst when you have a sensory kid. It used to fill me with dread. Now that my sensory kiddo is older, she controls her wardrobe and the transition is much smoother. She avoids the things that bother her and sticks to a pretty standard year round wardrobe. But until your […]

    The relationship between sickness and Anxious/SPD Kids

    September 19, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    Imagine you are deep in a forest on a hike. You round a bend in the trail and come face to face with a wall of fire. For a moment you panic and freeze. Your hypothalamus activates your sympathetic nervous system and the adrenal-cortical system and the little voice in your head yells “RUN!” You […]

    To the Special Needs Family debating about taking a family vacation- Just Do It

    August 8, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    Whether it is summer, winter break or spring break, you see everyone posting incredible pictures from their vacations. Their families are lined up smiling on a beach, at a theme park or a museum. They look put together, relaxed and having fun. You scroll through those pictures and feel a stab in your chest. If […]

    Parenting Anxiety

    July 18, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    I am learning to wait. To breath through the impatience,  Through the agonizing knowledge that worry is holding you back, I know that when you’ve dug in No amount of chiding or bribing will make you move, Until you decide it’s the right thing to do.   I apologize when I flounder. When I push […]

    Four questions you get asked when you have a child with an anxiety disorder

    July 4, 2019
    by Becky Ferrigno
    Humans are curious by nature. At the most basic level, it is that innate curiosity that has kept our species alive. We just cannot help ourselves. When every fiber of our being wants to know something, we seek answers Parents of anxious children come face to face with this curiosity on a regular basis. When […]