Robin's Nest Creations &
Autism Spectrum Resource

  We do unique

As the name implies, this is actually two businesses.  Robin's Nest Creations is the original.  It was started 13 years ago as an outlet for my love of art, crafts and photography.  At Robin's Nest you will find unique original matted or framed photography, totes, water bottles and coasters decorated with my original photos.  I also hand paint and decorate birdhouses for outdoor use.  My son, who joined me in business not long after I started, makes jewelry, key chains and zipper pulls.  All made with semi-precious stones, glass, shell or paper beads that he makes from himself.  Come in to see the other assortment of items available.   We are now located at LITTLE SHOPS ON RIO GRANDE at the corner of Rio Grande and Indian School.

Raising 2 children that are on the spectrum and seeing the need, I started Autism Spectrum Resource,  my home based business.  I make soft and colorful weighted blankets, weighted collars and lap pads, fidgets and more.  Most items are custom made for the individual.  Children, youth and adults with Sensory Processing Disorder and other Autism Spectrum issues will find that most of the products can be very calming and soothing.  Adults with Fibromyalgia and Restless Leg Syndrome also find weighted blanket to be very soothing, especially if you add a heated lap pad!

Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses.

The condition used to be called sensory integration dysfunction.

Others with sensory processing disorder may:

  • Be uncoordinated
  • Bump into things
  • Be unable to tell where their limbs are in space
  • Be hard to engage in conversation or play

SPD problems are usually identified in children. But they can also affect adults. Sensory processing problems are commonly seen in developmental disorders like


(SPD is not recognized as a stand-alone disorder. But many experts think that should change.

Symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder

SPD may affect one sense, like hearing, touch, or taste. Or it may affect multiple senses. And people can be over- or under-responsive to the things they have difficulties with.

Like many illnesses, the symptoms of SPD exist on a spectrum.

In some children, for example, the sound of a leaf blower outside the window may cause them to vomit or dive under the table. They may scream when touched. They may recoil from the textures of certain foods.

But others seem unresponsive to anything around them. They may fail to respond to extreme heat or cold or even pain.

Many children with sensory processing disorder start out as fussy babies who become anxious as they grow older. These kids often don't handle change well. They may frequently throw tantrums or have meltdowns.

Many children have symptoms like these from time to time. But therapists consider a diagnosis of sensory processing disorder when the symptoms become severe enough to affect normal functioning and disrupt everyday life.  WebMd