Entries by Empowered Kids

Feeding tips for picky eaters

If your child’s picking eating is a source of meal time stress for you and your family, rest assured, you are not alone!  Picking eating is a common area of concern for many of our parents. This could include refusal to try new foods, avoiding sitting at the dinner table, not eating appropriate quantities, and […]

The Challenges of Easter!

As with every holiday, Easter comes with it’s own excitement, traditions and potential for emotional meltdowns….for parents as well as children! Keep reading for some tips on how to make this Easter an enjoyable one. Caution: Sensory Input Ahead! Easter craft can be a super fun activity – all the fluffy feathers and sticky glue. […]

Reducing School Stress

Whether your child is starting school for the first time, changing schools, or returning after a long school holiday break, the first few weeks of the school term can be a stressful experience for many children and parents.  This is particularly true for children who experience difficulties with change or separating from mum and dad. […]

Holiday Travel Tips

Preparation: Unpredictability can increase stress for children especially children with autism, or who experience anxiety or sensory processing differences. Preparing the child for upcoming events, and planning ahead to limit the intensity of the environment where possible can help to reduce stress. Tips: Develop a social story for the significant aspects of the trip. This […]

Transition to a Sensory Safe Summer

Sensory processing refers to how our central nervous system receives and responds to sensory input, which includes touch, taste, sound, sight and smell. Each change of season brings with it a range of sensory input which can affect children in different ways. For some children, the transition to summer can be difficult, and this can […]

Why won’t my child sit still?

Most children love to move! Some move around so much it can be tiring just watching them. Movement is a part of everyday life for a child to play, learn, grow and explore. However, sometimes moving too much may interfere with a child’s ability to participate in everyday day activities including eating, playing and learning. […]