Big Life Journal

This  GROWTH MINDSET JOURNAL is a great resource for therapists to use

 

https://biglifejournal.com/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_campaign=sqvideo

And the video to go with the article…

Listen to Jadine Baldwin’s story, where she talks about how some people don’t see her “as a person” due to her cerebral palsy. Maddy Hearne, talk about being part of a Toronto rehabilitation hospital’s campaign to end

Maddy Hearne, another young person then let’s us know more about how teenagers are working with Toronto Rehabilitation Hospital on a campaign to end stigma around disabilities. (Aug. 28, 2017)

This link will let you read more young people’s messages, this one particularly relevant to many of the young people and adults we work with. http://deareverybody.hollandbloorview.ca/

http://deareverybody.hollandbloorview.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Dear-Everybody-Position-Paper_FA.pdf

A great message from young people about ending the stigma around disabilities

Amazing to listen to, and well worth sharing, as many of us work with young adults with complex presentations, but it is personal too. I remember when I was in a wheelchair following foot surgery, many years ago, and a waitress asked my Dad “Does the little girl want a milkshake?” – my Dad looked at me and told her to ask me myself, adding there was nothing wrong with my brain. It was my first experience of the stigma about disability, and a lesson for life – shaping my future career choice to be at OT. I can’t believe that in 2017, we have not yet moved on.

I remember when I was in a wheelchair following foot surgery in 1980, many years ago now, and a waitress asked my Dad “Does the little girl want a milkshake?”. My Dad looked at me and winced, and then told her to ask me myself, adding there was nothing wrong with my brain. It was my first experience of the stigma about disability, and a lesson for life – shaping my future career choice to be at OT. I can’t believe that in 2017, we have not yet moved on.

 

Listen to Jadine Baldwin’s story, where she talks about how some people don’t see her “as a person” due to her cerebral palsy. Maddy Hearne, talk about being part of a Toronto rehabilitation hospital’s campaign to end

Maddy Hearne, another young person then let’s us know more about how teenagers are working with Toronto Rehabilitation Hospital on a campaign to end stigma around disabilities. (Aug. 28, 2017)

This link will let you read more young people’s messages, this one particularly relevant to many of the young people and adults we work with.

 http://deareverybody.hollandbloorview.ca/

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http://deareverybody.hollandbloorview.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Dear-Everybody-Position-Paper_FA.pdf

A great way of explaining Autism

This fantastic handout explaining Autism is available in Spanish and French.

http://the-art-of-autism.com/understanding-the-spectrum-a-comic-strip-explanation/

Do you know about The OT Hub?

At Sensory Project we support and champion innovation for developing OT practice… The OT Hub is a new resource for Occupational Therapy, which a small team near Bristol in the UK have recently launched. This introduction comes from Jamie and the rest of their team.

www.theothub.com

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A new collaborative online platform for the exploration, collaboration, and promotion of the occupational therapy profession. Our service is for the public, Occupational Therapists (qualified + student) and other healthcare disciplines.
We are greater than the sum of our parts and believe that, by sharing resources, we can all achieve great things for OT.

 

Help needed for a toileting habits study…

Please share with families and colleagues – Isabelle Beaudry Bellefeuille is an SI colleague and she is needing some help with her research. Please contact her via the details below if you are able to help with this study.

Research Help

EXAMINING THE DEFECATION HABITS OF YOUNG CHILDREN FROM A SENSORY PERSPECTIVE

We would like to inform you of the research project identified above which is being conducted by Dr. Shelly Lane from the School of Health Sciences at the University of Newcastle. The research is part of Isabelle Beaudry-Bellefeuille’s studies at the University of Newcastle, supervised by Dr. Shelly J. Lane.

The purpose of this research study is to learn more about the relationship between children’s bowel habits and the way they react to sensory input. Some children are very sensitive to the way things feel, smell, and sound, and this might interfere with their willingness to use the toilet for a bowel movement. We have developed a survey that asks questions related to these reactions to sensation and bowel habits of children. We are particularly interested in children with constipation and difficulties with bowel control.

Participants for this research are parents of children aged between 3 and 6 years. We want to include children with and without functional defecation difficulties. We will include children with no diagnosis other than functional defecation issues, and also children with functional defecation difficulties and a diagnosis of autism or ADHD. We are not studying children with organic defecation issues and/or a diagnosis other than autism or ADHD.

Once parents are fully informed and agree to participate, they will be given an internet link which will give them access to 4 different questionnaires about their child’s behaviour. For example, we will ask about the child´s behaviour during different daily activities such as eating, going to the toilet or playing. The internet link to the questionnaires is anonymous and managed through the Qualtrics online survey platform, a secure online system which will not collect identifiable data.

Parents can write directly to me or leave their e-mail on this form to be contacted:
https://goo.gl/forms/gLp32zZARVDIQVHp1
Thank you for considering promoting participation in this study.

Isabelle Beaudry Bellefeuille
PhD Candidate
University of Newcastle

The role of adversity on child development

Early experiences can change how our brain is wired… here is some evidence from Harvard helping us to know more so we can consider how best to help our clients.

https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/inbrief-the-impact-of-early-adversity-on-childrens-development/