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We receive sensory input through sights, sounds, touch, tastes, smell, movement and balance, body position and muscle control.  For some of us, when we receive these sensory inputs it can shake us to our core.  For others, we don't even notice those sensory inputs.


How we receive these sensory inputs can affect our daily functions.  It can affect how we socialize with other people, even those that we love.   It can affect how we act in class, at home, in the work place or out in the community.  It may hinder us from wanting to go out on one of those community outings.   At times, it may hinder how someone reacts or doesn't react with their emotions.  All of this can ultimately diminish someone's self-esteem.


Individuals who have sensory processing disorder ("SPD") may fall under the autism spectrum, be diagnosed with SPD alone, or be diagnosed with SPD as well as other developmental differences or mental health diagnoses, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety, Fragile X Disorder, or ADHD. 1 in 20 children exhibit symptoms of sensory processing disorder.  The extra readings in this month's newsletter will hopefully help you while supporting or working with individuals that may have challenges due to sensory sensitivities. 

SPD video


Check out this clip to learn more about sensory processing disorder.

Autism Acceptance Month?!

The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) is proposing a new movement to shift from awareness to acceptance of individuals with spectrum disorders. Here are some ideas of how to bring it to your community.  


Suggestions for
Reducing Sensitivity During Dental Visits





Many families struggle taking their children to the dentist.  Some even just avoid it all together.  Here are some tips for taking your kids to the dentist from the Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Foundation.


South Carolina Autism Conference

Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. invites you to attend
a conference that will showcase new and positive ways of living and working with autism.  The event will take place in Greenville, SC on April 24, 2013. 

Click the banner to learn more or register. 

** If you are not in the South Carolina area, you can still participate via webcast to hear Keynote Speaker Nick Pentzell's presentation.  **
Want to get a feel for 
what it's like to be overstimulated?

Sensory Overload Simulation
Sensory Overload Simulation

What it's like to walk down a street when you have autism or an ASD
What it's like to walk down a street when you have 
autism or an ASD

Autism: Sensory Overload Simulation
Autism: Sensory Overload Simulation



101 Games and Activities for Children with Autism, Asperger's and Sensory Processing Disorders
by Tara Delaney, M.S., OTR
The Out-of-Sync Child
by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.

The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun
by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.



Apr 9 @ 3pm  What is Autism 

Apr 10 @ 3pm  Communication 101 

Apr 16 @ 3pm  Sensory and Motor 

Apr 30 @ 3pm  Honoring Preferred Interests


To register for webinars, go to:

The information and points of view contained in this newsletter are intended only to stimulate interest about topics of possibly shared concern.  Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. ("YAP") does not represent or endorse the accuracy, completeness, timeliness or reliability of any information contained in, linked, or otherwise accessed through this newsletter.  This newsletter does not contain  medical advice and YAP accepts no responsibility for any errors (or omissions) contained in this newsletter.