Archive for March 2012

Raising Awareness About Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID)

I am still amazed at how few people are familiar with sensory integration dysfunction.  When I tell people that SID is my adopted son’s major disability, almost everyone says “what’s that?”  Yet, almost everyone is familiar with autism these days, which is a good thing. Sensory integration is the ability to organize sensory information for use by the brain.... Read more »

Citizens of West Rogers Park: Please Join My Recycling Program

I have decided to go forward with trying to organize a neighborhood recycling program in W. Rogers Park.  I am not going to publicly chastise those of you who can’t be bothered to cart your recyclables to a recycling center.  I am going to offer to come to your house, pick up your recyclables and cart... Read more »

Would You Work for Nothing?

Well, neither would I.  I have been a licensed massage therapist for over 15 years.  It is a very difficult profession;  not only is it physically and emotionally demanding, but it is difficult to find clients, especially in the current economic climate.  I make housecalls, so I spend my work day schlepping a massage table around... Read more »

Fish Food Contains What?

Those of you who know me personally and those of you who follow this blog will know that I have an 11 year old son, E, who has special needs.   His behavioral challenges are caused, for the most part, by his sensory integration dysfunction;  the brain’s inability to make sense of all the sensory messages he... Read more »

No Child Left Untested

If you have a child like mine, who has anxiety disorder, the tortuous ISATs that all Illinois school children in grades 3 -8 are required to endure, are upon us.   Those of you without children may not know that every year our children are subjected to several hours of multiple choice achievement testing at the beginning of March. ... Read more »