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Living a Sensory Life

Living a Sensory Life

By Becky Lyddon
Join Becky from Sensory Spectacle where she will be sharing knowledge about Sensory Processing Disorder. She will be exploring what it is, how we can recognise needs, how we can support needs, chatting with other professionals to share knowledge and most importantly, hear insights from children and adults with SPD themselves.
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1 - An introduction to Sensory Processing Disorder

Living a Sensory Life

1 - An introduction to Sensory Processing Disorder

Living a Sensory Life

2.13 Classroom sensory behaviours explained with Tigger
In this episode we explore some of the sensory behaviours you might notice in the classroom. Tiger who is an autism experience trainer shares his explanations and insights into some of them.
April 27, 2021
2.12 Why does my child explode at home with Jo
This week I interview mum Jo who Becky met on her training and has done everything to help her daughter get the support she deserves in her mainstream school. Understanding her sensory needs at home are part of the journey.
April 20, 2021
2.11 Understanding behaviour at home with Elly Chapple
In this episode Becky was really lucky to interview Elly Chapple. A mum who is changing the way professionals view and support children with sensory needs.
April 13, 2021
2.10 What are Sensory Behaviours?
This is the start of a series of 4 podcasts where we explore sensory characteristics/behaviours in depth. I’m this episode Becky explains what these are or how they can be recognised. Following on from this we are talking with parents and practitioners about how they have found identifying and supporting their child or students sensory needs and it’s importance.
April 06, 2021
2.9 Can’t make a plan, every day changes
In this episode Becky talks about the common frustration among parents of not feeling like they can plan things. Changes in our environment like the weather can have a huge impact on children and adults with SPD
March 30, 2021
2.8 They still aren’t toilet trained
In this episode Becky explains the importance our internal and external senses have on our ability to learn to use a toilet.
March 23, 2021
2.7 - Supporting sensory needs in the classroom
Ensuring all of your students are supported can be really difficult when you have 30 very different needs. Here Becky gives you some tips and information about how you CAN support all needs in the classroom.
March 16, 2021
2.6 - When is a fidget a distraction?
Fidgets are the buzz word in education settings but one of the most common questions I’m asked by teacher is ‘don’t they distract the students from learning rather than support them?’
March 09, 2021
2.5 - Common worries relating to SPD
In this episode Becky talks about some of the common worries parents and professionals have relating to Sensory Processing Difficulties.
March 02, 2021
2.4 -Supporting self regulation at home
Finding ways for your child or person you care for your support themselves at home is so important. Becky explores some of the ways this can be done.
January 26, 2021
2.3 - how to implement self care strategies to self regulation
In this episode Becky talks about the importance of understanding why some people May find certain self care activities over whelming like showering or brushing teeth. As well as covering the self care of the person we are supporting. How can we understand why someone may bite etc.
January 19, 2021
2.2 - How do I teach self-regulation?
It’s likely that most people we support are already self regulating with strategies they have discovered. Some people may need some guidance and support in this. Here Becky is explaining how you can do this.
January 12, 2021
2.1 - What is self-regulation?
A phrase that is often used when talking about supporting children & adults with SPD. In this episode Becky explains exactly what it is.
January 05, 2021
17 - Noisy students! How can some students concentrate in really noisy environments?!
In this episode I explain the sensory aspects relating to why we might meet students who are noisy. I give insight relating to seeking and avoiding characteristics and the need to feel in control for people who are hyper sensitive. Also learn how to create a student sensory profile.
June 16, 2020
16 - Dazing students!Understanding why that might be
In this episode I explore the reasons why we might see student who daze in the classroom
June 15, 2020
15 - Fidgety students - why we have some students who just need to fidget
In this episode I am beginning to break down some student profiles to help us feel more confident when teaching fidgety students. You can learn lots more about this on our online training - sensory profiles for teachers
June 01, 2020
14 - Fidgety child - a parents perspective
I’m this episode I am talking with Jo a mum of 3 who’s youngest has Sensory Processing difficulties. We explore the reasons behind her fidgeting at home and at school.
June 01, 2020
13 Student sensory profiles, where to begin with finding their learning style
In this episode I introduce how important it is to understand our students profiles in order to understand their specific learning requirements.
May 11, 2020
12 Why do they break things so easily? Understanding the importance of our Proprioceptive sense.
In this episode I am explaining to you why we may see certain sensory characteristics such as breaking things easily, throwing things, crashing into things, stomping around, always being rough when playing. As always you can learn more about this with our online training ‘becoming a sensory detective’ and our books. Find them on our website
April 28, 2020
11 - Why does my child constantly humm?
In this episode I am helping you to understand the sensory aspects as to why we might notice our child humming, repeating things or constantly talking. It’s important we accurately recognise and understand the sensory purpose behind these behaviours so we can provide the right support. Learn more about personalising sensory behaviours in our online training ‘becoming a sensory detective’ find out more via our website
April 21, 2020
10 - why can’t I get my child off their iPad?
In this episode I answer the common question from families about how we can structure time with technology and why we might find it difficult to limit this with our children.
April 20, 2020
9 - Understanding Sensory Behaviours
In this episode I am explaining why sensory characteristics are not always negative behaviours and how we can break them down to understand the sensory element relating to them.
April 07, 2020
8 - Understanding self-regulation at home
In this episode I am explaining why it’s important for our children or adults who we are caring for to be able to regulate and why we may recognise different sensory characteristics in different environments. Regulating at home can appear very differently to regulating at school.
March 31, 2020
7 - Sensory aspects for difficulties washing our hands
Here I am explaining some of the sensory elements relating to why some children and adults with Sensory Processing Difficulties may struggle washing their hands. We are currently in isolation to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and so it is really important we understand this.
March 24, 2020
6 - Difficulties with eating and food types for people with SPD
Here I explain some of the aspects relating to difficulties with food choices and eating for people with SPD and why it’s important to consider all aspects of sensory processing when implementing into someone’s sensory lifestyle.
March 10, 2020
5 What is a Sensory Lifestyle?
Here’s I explain the term ‘Sensory Lifestyle’ in more detail and share why I prefer this approach to using the term Sensory Diet.
March 03, 2020
4 Explaining a Sensory Meltdown or overload
It’s important we understand the difference between Sensory Overload or Meltdown compared to a temper tantrum. Here I explain a little more about this for you.
February 25, 2020
3 Explaining Sensory processing difficulties to professionals (education settings or managers)
In this episode I talk about how we can explain our child or our own sensory needs to their teacher or our boss at work.
February 18, 2020
2 Explaining SPD to family & friends - top tips
In this episode I will share with you some thoughts on what we need to consider before explaining someone’s sensory difficulties to family and friends.
February 11, 2020
1 - An introduction to Sensory Processing Disorder
This podcast has been created by Becky from Sensory Spectacle. This podcast aims to educate about and create awareness of Sensory Processing Disorder. You can find more information about the work we do at
February 04, 2020