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May 19, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm / Pacific Time
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Mornings with a Touch-Defensive Child: The Parent’s Survival Kit

Mornings with a Touch-Defensive Child: The Parent’s Survival Kit

Sensory processing impairments reflect the brain’s mishandling of messages from various body parts and organs. Of the four major kinds of sensory processing impairments, sensory avoidance causes the most disruption in classrooms and homes. Sensory avoidance involving the sense of touch sometimes results in sensations of intense pain or feelings of terror during routine skin-contact experiences.

For the parent of a child who can’t tolerate being touched, morning personal care (bathing, teeth brushing, and getting dressed) can generate a nightmare of conflict within the family. This reassuring webinar provides nitty-gritty answers and detailed solutions that can transform mornings from tragic power struggles and tantrums into happier, smoother routines for launching each day.

These solutions are practical, easy to follow and inherently fun and attractive for children and teens who experience touch-avoidance symptoms. They open the way for sensory-friendly, conflict-free bathing and showering. They also make hair care simpler and much more acceptable to the child, including hair washing, drying, brushing, combing, and cutting. This webinar also includes additional solutions for the steps involved in getting dressed, including dealing with eyeglasses along with head wear and foot wear. Because mouth and fingertip issues are so predominant among children and teens with touch defensiveness, this webinar also provides solutions for fingernail and toenail trimming as well as teeth flossing and brushing.

After participating in this webinar, you will be able to cite dozens of helpful ways to reduce difficulties in morning routines involving:

  • hair care
  • getting dressed
  • bathing and showering
  • fingernail and toenail care
  • teeth brushing and flossing
  • …and much more


John F. Taylor, Ph.D. is a clinical specialist and a nationally-known author and speaker. Dr. Taylor has treated hundreds of children and adolescents who were displaying misbehavior at all levels of psychopathology.

The author and producer of over 200 professional journal articles, newspaper and journal columns, books, video DVDs, audio CDs and booklets, Dr. Taylor is perhaps best known for his landmark parent-teacher-counselor guidebook ”Helping Your ADD Child,” his best-selling “The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD.” and his definitive parenting guidebook about oppositional and defiant children and teens “From Defiance to Cooperation.”

His publications for professionals have included numerous articles in professional journals, and books including “Diagnostic Interviewing of the Misbehaving Child,” “Understanding Misbehavior,” and “Anger Control Training for Children and Teens.” Dr. Taylor has been a psychology instructor at UT-Chattanooga and two community colleges. He has presented seminars to clinicians, therapists, teachers and parents nationwide.


FINANCIAL: John Taylor is compensated by PESI as an instructor.


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