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Cerebral Palsy/Physical Development
Rays of Sunshine is part of an extensive site that addresses the overall issues of children who have hydranencephaly. Because these youngsters are missing a large portion of the brain, their motor control difficulties are similar to those of children with cerebral palsy. This site provides a discussion of the issues associated with cerebral palsy and links to relevant sites on the Internet that provide more detailed information. We like the breadth of coverage that is provided with detailed discussion of both medical and non-medical treatment alternatives.

Tutorial for Cerebral Palsy:
The Children's Medical Center of the University of Virginia sponsors this site to help parents and children develop an understanding of the challenges faced by children with cerebral plsy. Included are descriptions of the causes, types, and problems created by cerebral palsy. A brief discussion of feeding and speech challenges is included. Additional sections describe therapy and equipment needs.

Apraxia-Kids is the place to go to learn about all aspects of developmental dyspraxia. Frequently Asked Questions from Parents, Speech and Language Topics, and a helpful Related Links section give a broad perspective for parents and professionals. The site is packed with relevant articles and insights. Apraxia-Kids hosts the Apraxia-Kids Listserv.

Sensory Processing Disorder Network
This web site is packed full of informational links on Sensory Integration. Each of the web sites linked to from the SPD Network web site has been carefully reviewed. Original articles and reviews of research related to sensory integration are also found here. This is definitely a site that will expand your understanding of children with sensory processing issues.

Sensory Integration International: Frequently Asked Questions
Children with sensory processing and integration difficulties frequently experience learning, feeding, and oral-motor problems. This list of FAQs from Sensory Integration International will answer many of your questions about sensory integration.

Sensory Modulation: A Review of the Literature
The disruption in the ability to regulate or modulate sensory input is described in this paper through a review of the occupational therapy literature. The lack of consensus in definition and conceptualization among theorists and therapists is presented. The authors present a new concept that integrates the ideas of sensory reactivity and sensory arousal.

Tactile Defensiveness and Other Sensory Modulation Difficulties
Children with tactile defensiveness pose special challenges to parents and therapists. This review by the mother of an infant who experienced tactile defensive behaviors provides an overview of the problem. She defines and describes these issues, particularly in relationship to breast feeding, and discusses the role of a sensory integrative approach to therapy in remediating them.

Sensory Profile for Children Between Three and Ten
A brief descriptive questionnaire is provided for parents who suspect that their child may have sensory integration difficulties. Questionable behaviors in auditory, visual, taste/smell, body position, movement, touch, attention, behavioral, and social areas are listed. The chart can be used as a brief screening tool to identify children who need more in depth evaluation by a qualified professional. A list of web site and print resources is provided.

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