Audio Over stimulation and how to go about it for kids with sensory processing disorder

Children with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD as well as other sensory processing disorders might find it that they are having audio overstimulation and will be uncomfortable in discos, parties, social gatherings, school dining halls or family-get-togethers where everyone is chatting animatedly and making all sorts of noise. They suffer from what VerywellHealth terms as sensory overload. The kid will find it that the sounds are too much for them and will be unable to concentrate or have focus on anything else. To avoid this, there are some special noise reduction headphones for autism that work to reduce this noise by muffling the excessive noises.

While most people would want to completely block all the noises so that the child can focus on what they are doing without blocking their ears with their arms or having a meltdown, I would not advise on the same. This is because when you completely cancel out all the noise, you are posing a safety challenge. What if the kid has their name called out for an emergency, has cars honking at him on the road and he has all the outside noise cancelled? It would be very unsafe. Therefore, my best advice is  to use gadgets that reduce the noise by a good noise reduction rating in decibels.

Characteristics of an autistic child that tells you they need to use noise reduction gadgets

  1. Tries to cover their ears in noisy places
  2. Runs away when there is too much audio stimulations
  3. Fidgets all through and moves fingers, legs or head
  4. Might fight or look anxious.

Things to look out for when buying noise reduction headphones or earmuffs

  • Noise reduction rating in decibels

The ideal NRR should be between 20-26 decibels. This NRR rating will be displayed on the packaging of the headphone that yuou are buying. A smaller NRR than 20 is not ideal since the kid will still be overpowered by the environmental noises. A NRR greater than 26 db is still not a good one because the child will not be able to hear any vital sounds such as when their names are called out, when a car honks at them on the road or when there is a siren going off; this could pose a safety concern.

  • Soft padding of the headband

The headband is the plastic part that goes over the head of the child connecting the two ear pads. The headband needs to be well padded to cushion the child so that they feel comfortable wearing it.

  • Earbuds that rest on top of the ear and not going in

A child would be uncomfortable wearing small earphones that go into the ear. It would also not muffle as much sounds as one earbud that is covering the ears.

  • Smooth edges and no rough corners

When selecting the best noise reducing headphones for your child, go for those that have smooth edges so that they do not bruise or hurt your child when they are wearing them.

Places where the autistic child needs to wear the noise reduction headphones

Some of the places to wear headphones that will muffle the audio overstimulation include:

  • In theatre halls
  • School dining halls
  • Movie halls
  • On busy streets
  • At parties
  • Discos

Getting Golf Grips for Arthritic Person

If you thought that getting your golfing grips was tough simply because you are suffering from hyperhidrosis or are playing the game in the most humid of temperatures, then you have not met an arthritic person trying to get golf grips that are going to suit them. For one, they are suffering from joint stiffness and man, isn’t arthritis painful! So coupled with looking for grips that are made of durable material, are of optimal size, have good firmness and offer good traction, they also have to look for something that is arthritis friendly; something that is not going to aggravate the hurt in their joints but is going to give them something to exercise those joints!

In this post therefore, I will dig into what are the key things that you need to look into when buying your best arthritic golf grips.

  • Size

Most golfers will tell you that size is the number one thing that you need to pay close attention when you are buying golfing grips. And sure, size is. You see you need to have an optimal size that is going to get you the right shots while not overdoing it or underdoing it. Too small size will underdo your shot and push you behind the competition by a few shots. You go for extra big sizes and again the story does not get any better.

  • Firmness

We usually say that the medium firm grips are the best to work with. But when you have arthritis, they might not be. Actually, the soft grip grips which are looked down upon by professional golfers might turn out to be your thing. Why? You want comfort. You want comfortable grips that are going to be soft and gentle on your arms and therefore you can lax a little about the performance.

  • Texture of the grips

Medium texture of the golf grips give you that much needed traction and tackiness that enable you to hold the golf club easily without it slipping away. It also enables you to have the best shots possible. While soft texture might be great since it is also gentle on our hands, you might find that the club is slipping away everytime you want to make a hit.

  • Weight

When you have arthritis, you have to think of the extra weight that the grip is going to add to your club. Experts advise on your getting lightweight grips that are not going to overburden your hands with too much weighty grips.

  • Shock absorption capacity

You want grips that are going to dampen the vibration so that it is not transferred to your arthritic joints aggravating the pain that you already have.

Speeding up Speech in an autistic child

When you have an autistic child, they tend not to speak. Actually, they tend to develop slower than all the other children in your block and this can really get on your nerves especially if you are a first time parent who is hell bent on having their kids develop like all the other kids in the neighbourhood. But when the kid is diagnosed with autism, it really gets you upset and you really do not know how to deal with this.

In this post, we look at ways that you can help your nonverbal kid speak. But before that, we need to look at pointers that show that your child has verbal problems:

  1. Does not maintain eye contact
  2. Does not mimic you
  3. Does not babble words or show interest in doing so
  4. Does not follow gestures or make any on their own
  5. Tends to play alone and avoids all social interactions with others
  6. Has echolalia at an age where all the other kids are speaking and chatting away animatedly
  7. Preoccupied with lone play

Some of the above signs are good indicators of autism as explained on however, you need to ask an occupational therapist or special needs teacher to assess your child so that it is well established what kind of problem they are having.

Once you have established that they have nonverbal autism, you can help them in the following ways to develop speech:

  1. Get them toys that have speakers and will spike imitation. This website has already listed some of the best toys for nonverbal autism so that you can peruse and even head on to buy. When using the toys, once the child has learnt all the sounds, you can remove all the batteries so that the child makes the sounds on their own.
  2. Encourage them to respond–as you interact with the kiddo, encourage them to make communications and always wait for their responses for any questions that you raise or anytime you need them to say something. You can do this by looking intentively at them and waiting for them to make some sounds
  3. One word at a time–when teaching your kid how to speak, take them one word at a time. Never two words but one until they master it. You can for example teach them on words about emotions for example ‘sad’, ‘happy’, ‘excited’ and use cards that have the said expressions. Then when the kid learns to say the words and connects them to the expressions, you can head on to to words and then a phrase of words.
  4. Imitate the kid–when the child is speaking, even if it might be a babble, imitate it so that they can feel appreciated.

Gadgets for your teenager with autism

Popular Toys for Teenagers with Autism

Autism is surely a limiting disorder that makes your kid unable to have effective communication with others. It also inhibits social interactions such that your kid is not able to make friends easily, are not able to date or form meaningful relationships with others.

Autistic people suffer from sensory processing disorder where they get overstimulated by a certain sensation. Say for example that they walk into a hall full of people and they are sure to feel overwhelmed by the noise, smell and even lights. Their sense of touch is also affected. If an autistic person is touched lightly, they feel bad since they want deep pressure.

In this post, we ask Eshter Wells who is an expert on autism as well as a special needs teacher to tell us about the needs of autistic people especially when they hit adolescence years.

Noise cancelling headphones

Kids with autism are surely over-stimulated by noises and sounds that normal teenagers would not be put off by. They will for example feel overwhelmed when they walk into a dance hall, disco or party that has blaring music. Taking dinner in the school dinner hall is also something big for them since they will be overstimulated by the noises, talks, jeers and cheers of the other students as they animatedly talk. Therefore, to beat this auditory stimulations, one can think of getting noise cancelling headphones that have been found to be truly effective in controlling or even cancelling the sounds.

Other than headphones that are rather too conspicuous, you could also get some earbuds for your kids. They are also good in how they work and you are assured that they will be great in reducing the noise so that the unwanted sounds are muffled and the kid is only able to hear conversations that they want to listen to. These gadgets can be used in:

  • Restaurants
  • School dining hall
  • Streets
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping store

Caution however need to be taken especially for kids who want to wear the gadgets when they are walking on the road since they could cancel out car horns or any other sounds that might be warning the kid to act promptly and this could end up in avoidable accidents.

Weighted compression vests

Science has proven that time and again compression vests work awesomely to reduce anxiety in both autistic as well as Parkinson’s patients. How this works is that the person wearing the vest feels as though they are getting a deep hug. This has the effect of making them feel calm and rested.

You can either buy the compression vest or make your own using beads or any other heavy material eg sand that can be sewn into the fabric to make it weighted. The science has also been used to make weighted blankets and weighted lap pads which have the same effect of reducing anxiety as well as curing people from insomnia.

Sensory Boards for Tactile Needs

Kids on the spectrum have sensory needs that can best be addressed with sensory boards that come with latches, all types of locks, colorful numbers as well as punch things such as calculators. You could also have chains, spin wheels, cogs and gears. All these address the tactile needs of the child. Other than buying, one could also make their diy sensory board as explained here.

Robotic pets for companionship

As we have mentioned before, kids with autism suffer from loneliness. This is partly because they are treated as social weirdoes by the other kids in the school and partly because they lack social skills for example, they have mind blindness that makes them lack empathy for others. Because of their preoccupation on vague things, other kids in the school will not want to be associated with them and will therefore avoid them like a plague.

To beat this loneliness, parents can invest in robotic pets that are great companions. The robotic pets are also snugly and good to hold and embrace making you feel like you have that friend. Robotic pets have been used by people with dementia or just aged and socially isolated with great results.

Obese people and trouble toileting

Want to Wipe but Hands too Short?

We have already discussed the different ways that we look at hygiene at our hotel since we are geared to make your stay here as best as possible. But then there are always problems here and there even we want to provide the best services. People with obesity usually do come and they have trouble wiping.

The first thing that we advise them is not to use tissues but rather wet wipes since they are way better and will help the person wipe cleanly. Other than use of that, we also advise them to think of using bidets that are installed in all our bathrooms. We have found them to be very effective and since our hotel are open to people from all denominations, do not feel stigmatized carrying a lota or using a bidet to do your think in the toilet. No one is going to ask you or look at you in a funny way.

Different Wiping aids for people with Obesity or disability

We can advise you on the different wiping aids for obese or disabled people. Some of these include the bottom buddy, the freedom wand, the juvo toilet aid with caddy as well as the Buckingham easywipe butt wiper when one is travelling.

All these butt wipers are long enough so as to extend to your butt hole so that you can wipe with ease even despite your disability. The bottom buddy is for example 11 inches while the freedom wand is approximately 21 inches since it has an extender. They also come with a small bag that you can pack into for easy storage as well as for when you are on a trip.

The best that I would approve for those who are looking to use a wiping aid is the freedom wand since it can be used for wiping your anus, shaving aid, for applying ointment as well as a washing aid to reach your back. The downside is that it is rather expensive and if you are on a budget, I would advise you to use the bottom buddy toilet tissue aid which you can see reviewed here.

Hotels and Toilet Hygiene: Inseparable Things We Need to Look Into

Toilet Hygiene at Ilmercato Restaurant

It is only in a hotel setting where you shit where you eat without a compromise on the hygiene. At Ilmercato, we know how important it is that where you are eating is hygienic and clean. But so should also be the place where you are emptying your bowels.

So, our toilets are state of the art, convenient and near you so that you do not have to travel miles and miles to just get a place to relieve yourself after your tummy is full. We know this. And since we are accommodative of all types of people, races, religions, gender and ages, we know how important it is to be diverse in our washrooms. Some of American people just want to go to the toilet, find a seat and a tissue close by which they can reach afterwards.

Europeans and Asians might not want the seat but a place where they squat, relieve themselves and later on use a bidet to wipe themselves with water. They will then use some reusable family cloths to wipe.

Others do not want to hear of these two, they want to shower with soap and they are good to go.

There is also that class of metrosexual men that have heard of the dude wet wipes and they want to use them to wipe their bums after a number 2 at the toilet because they have read this article on Hosiped and found it that wet wipes leave them clean, flesh and feeling adequately sanitized.

And who are we not to grant all these groups of people their wishes?

So what do you find in our washrooms?

Toilets with seats for those who want that. Since we also cater for the seniors, you are also likely to find guard rails that the senior can grasp on when they feel like falling. We also have special seat risers with removable arms if you have an elderly resident who has gone some surgical operation and would not fit in a normal toilet.

We have the lowered toilets where one has to squat. There are some people who do not like the idea of sitting on a toilet since they feel it hygienic considering that other people come and sit there. They also do not want to contract UTIs from water that might splash from the toilet seat.

Toilet paper. Since there are those people who still like using the good old toilet paper, we let them be. We have high quality toilet paper in each hotel room and they are continually restocked by our room keepers.

Bidets. Some people want to wash their butts with a bidet after a bowel emptying. That is why we have our high quality bidets to serve them.

Family cloths: We have that class of people who do not want to use toilet paper, wipes but rather family cloths. We also take care of their needs since our cloths are always available and can be used to wipe your face, after the gym etc.

We Introduce Adaptive Utensils for Elderly

As we always say, our commitment is to serve all our clients with dignity and give them the best service that they require. We do not discriminate on race, gender, religious affiliations or political background. We are open to all and we will serve you with utmost respect and dignity that you deserve.

In line with this, we have found that a large number of people in the country are affected by diseases such as dementia, arthritis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s that make it difficult for them to eat or dine with dignity. They have to be fed by their caregivers and it gets really hard since they cannot fully enjoy the meals when they are being spoon fed as it makes them feel as though they are ever dependent on others.

At our Ilmercato restaurant, you can now dine with pleasure and at leisure since we have adaptive utensils that can be used by the above named groups of people. So the next time, you are looking for a place where you can take your arthritic mum for a dinner date then you need not worry since we will get you sorted. So what are our adaptive utensils?

Parkinson’s silverware

Our set of parkinson’s silverware enables you to eat with ease without having to fear your tremors. The PD silverware includes: spoon for tremors, fork and soup spoon that are smart to counteract tremors. The motion sensors are designed in a way such that you do not have to fear your trembling as it will be counteracted and reversed.

Non breaking plates

We have melamine non breaking plates so that arthritic patient does not have to eat with anxiety written all over their faces fearing that they might break the plate lest it falls. They also have rubber bottom that sticks on the table so they are not likely to slip away from the table. The tables are also designed such that you cannot have anything falling when the patient is eating.

Non slip cups for adults

Our cups are the sippy types where the elderly has ease drinking. The handles are non slip and so the person does not have to fear it falling and breaking,

14 Essential items that should be included in your Golf Bag

There is nothing as disappointing as getting to the golf course only to forget an essential item home. A golfer requires more than clubs in their golf bag so as to be comfy while playing their game. If you prepare well and ensure that you have everything you require for your game can make golfing enjoyable. Here are 15 items that you should include in your best golf carrier:

14 Items that you must have in your bag

  1. Golf Balls (New and Old) – The new balls can assist you to play better while you can use the old ones to practice. A good golfer needs a good number of golf balls but not excess as it can make your bag heavy and make you tired.
  2. Rain Hood – Before you go to the course ensure that you check the weather and in case there is any chance of rain, it is important to pack an umbrella, rain jacket, and rain hood.
  3. Writing equipments – You will require a pen, pencil, and sharpie to fill out the scorecard and also it will assist you to mark your balls for ease of identification. It is easy to confuse your ball with someone else’s and this is not something you would like to experience.
  4. Bug Spray and Sun Screen – The sunscreen ensures that your skin remain protected from the harmful sun rays while the bug spray will protect you from the bites.
  5. Water Bottle – Carrying a water bottle is essential especially during hot days. Almost every golf course has water filling place to assist to keep golfers feeling fresh and hydrated.
  6. USGA rule book – The rule book is necessary if you’re not sure about how to move your ball past a certain obstruction or penalty for committing certain mistakes in golfing.
  7. Gloves – Don’t forget to bring extra gloves in your bag in case your glove is ripped or your friends need to borrow as well. Good golf gloves are those made of leather or an additional stretch.
  8. Tees – Do not forget to come with some tees that you will require for 18 holes. The best thing about the tees is that it can be used as a divot tool, ball maker, and teeing up the golf. I would suggest that you have a three in one tool than assist you to better your game.
  9. Towel – It is common for golfers to have a bad shot once in a while and having a towel can help you to wipe off your club so that you can have a nice and clean surface required for the next shot.
  10. Snacks – As you walk the course carrying a loaded golf bag, you will get hungry and you may require something to eat. It is important to carry some snacks such as fruit which can act as energizers.
  11. First Aid Kit – There are times you will get into the woods to look for golf balls and you can get cut. Also, you can develop muscle pain and blisters and a first aid kit will help you nurse any form of injury.
  12. Golf shoes –The golf shoes are specifically made to ensure that you play your game comfortably. The shoe offers you support in any form of soil or weather situation.
  13. Golf Tape – The golf tapes normally protects your fingers from blisters.
  14. Business Cards – Golfing is a social game and you may never know who you will meet on the course. It is important to always have some business cards just in case.

Final Thought

The article discusses 14 must have items in your bag. I agree there may be other items, but this are the essential items that you need to have in your bag.

Why Ilmercato should be your weight loss centre

Dear client,

We continue making our restaurant the best ever by getting you all the foods and the gadgets that will help you lose weight and burn fat. In this spirit we have recently acquired the following:

A detox menu

We have recently with the help of our nutritionist and friends got a working detox menu that will help you be lean in a matter of ten days.

Below is our detox menu

day 1



3 eggs and 2 slices of toasted bread


2. Snack


3.Lunch Chicken +rice +vegetables

4.Snack Salad
5.Dinner Green Smoothie

day 2



3egg whites and 1/3 cup oatmeal

2. Snack



Green Smoothie




Green Smoothie

day 3



500 ml green smoothie

2. Snack


Pineapple piece

500ml green smoothie



5.Dinner 500ml green smoothie

day 4



500ml green smoothie


2. Snack



500ml green smoothie


Choose from this list:

Pineapple pieces




500ml green smoothie

And that continues to day 10 when you will have lost weight, feel better about your body as well as thrown toxins out

Treadmill for big guys

We know how bad it is to be obese and therefore, we now have treadmills for all sorts of people. Whether you weigh 400 lbs and feel that there is no treadmill out there that is worth it to get you leaner, we now have you covered.

With our treadmills for big guys, you now need not worry since the treadmill will help you lose weight and get leaner in a matter of time.

Ab workout gym equipment

Ever gone to a gym and found that there is no swiss exercise ball or rotating push up handes?

Well, that was us some times back but after realizing how important these items are, we now have them to help out all those people coming to the gym to lose love handles and have well chiseled stomach and strength in their core muscles. We did this after visiting The BuytheTop10 site and finding out how important these items were. You can learn more about the site here

Of late we have heard complaints from women in that they do not find ab equipment that suit them. That is now the past since we now have ab workout equipment for women beginners.


Tips on choosing the right size of a skateboard helmet for your head

At Ilmercato restaurant, we are all about your fulfillment: good foods, entertainment as well as sports to keep your body healthy and strong. So in our post today, we look at how you can keep up good health with a sport that is as old as history, yet very enjoyable–skateboarding. Well tell you expert tips on choosing the right size of a skateboard helmet.

Importance of a skateboard helmet

Skateboard helmet is a crucial protective gear that you should always put on whenever you are skateboarding to make sure that you are safe from injuries that may occur due to falling. Regardless of your level of being a beginner in skateboarding or a pro, wearing the best skateboard helmet is always a must since accidents do happen no matter the experience you may have. Different brands of helmets are available in the market that will provide you with safety and style of your choice.

Proper measurement of your head to find a well fitting helmet is necessary as will assure you of maximum protection of your head. The brand you will decide to go for must be fitting well and should have protective padding, fit snugly, be low across the forehead and must not shift around when you are skating.

Make sure to replace your skating helmet regularly when it is damaged due to an impact or becomes smaller.

How to measure your head for a fitting skateboard helmet

Putting on a well fitting helmet is very important as it guarantees your safety in case you fall while skateboarding. The size of helmet to buy will be determined by the size of your head. Whether you’re purchasing the best kids skateboard helmets or skating helmets for kids, the size of the skateboard is vital. The sizes of helmets varies from one brand to another but knowing the size of your head makes it easy when choosing a skateboard helmet since many brands have a sizing chart. In a case where you decide to purchase online then knowing your size enables you choose a properly fitting helmet.

Steps in measuring your head size

  1. Wrap a soft tape measure around your forehead. Make sure it rests over the ears and eyebrows since that is where your helmet will rest. The measure level you should keep is from the front to back of the head. The wrapping should not be too tight or loose. For US and UK make sure that the circumference is recorded in terms of inches and in centimeters for Europe.
  2. Follow the above steps by using a string if you can’t access a tape measure. Wrap it properly around your head then mark it. Measure it against a ruler to find the correct measurement.
  3. If you are not able to measure your head with either a tape measure or a ruler then a hat can help you know your head size since some hats do have size tags which will help you estimate the size of your helmet.

Safety laws for skateboard helmet

Laws vary from one state to another or from one country to the other. Best skateboard helmets are mandatory in some states to riders of certain ages. For states such as California, fewer than 18 riders are required by law to always put on helmets that are CPSC- certified. Make sure that your helmet meets the CPSC regulation and should have EPS protective liner and the regulations of your state before ordering. Picking a whole set of skateboard pads is always recommended as it assures you of maximum safety.