Our Special Needs Kids on TV, Something Special and Pablo

Submitted by guest blogger Ruth OT Our daughter recently appeared on a UK Kids TV show called  Something Special. I was ridiculously excited about it and told lots of people who never usually watch CBeebies, the BBC children’s channel, that they just had to see her. Filming was brief but exciting. We got to meet Justin briefly (one child was very disappointed Mr Tumble wasn’t there too)…

Crawling, Sensory Integration and Child Development

Submitted by guest blogger Ruth OT  I meet so many parents who are concerned about their children’s motor or sensory processing skills who tell me their child never 4-point crawled, or did so only briefly. They proudly tell me how their child was ahead of their motor milestones and walked early, and never realise how important crawling is. What is so special about crawling? In…

Research Update:Dark Chocolate May Boost Brain Function, Immunity, And Mood

Chocolate as therapy? Two small studies may provide more evidence for dark chocolate’s health benefits. And at reasonable doses. — Read on www.forbes.com/sites

Supporting People with Anxiety, Using Sensory Integration and Other Strategies

Submitted by Guest authour Jane OT As I read the recent article “14 Phrases Kids Said That Were Code Words for ‘I’m Anxious“ from The Mighty, It felt familiar – like I had met every one of these responses to anxiety and not just from children.  “What’s wrong with me?”… “I’m tired.” … “Can’t we stay home?” “I don’t feel well.” Anxiety affects so many people…

Occupational Therapy and Trauma 3: A Tool for considering the physical environment in children’s residential homes to address sensory processing issues in trauma-affected children

This article by Clinical Psychologists Christopher Robinson and Alicia Madeleine Brown in the Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care includes a lovely environmental checklist (adapted from Simpson 2009) used in considering the physical environment in three children’s residential homes. Abstract: Sensory processing issues are generally considered to be clinically significant in children who have suffered abuse and trauma and much has been written about the…

Occupational Therapy and Trauma 1: Sensory Integration as part of a transdisciplinary collaborative model of intervention

Occupational Therapists across the globe are increasingly using Ayres’ Sensory Integration in combination with other approaches to address trauma in both paediatric and adult clinical populations. Jane Koomar’s work with children in this field is exemplary, developing the SAFE PLACE programme. The SAFE PLACE programme is a multi-disciplinary intervention approach to treating sensory integration, trauma and attachment concerns in children with sensory processing difficulties and complex…

Occupational Therapy and Trauma 2: Using meaningful occupation in the healing of trauma.

“It is so important not to be defined by tragedy,  to be shaped by it but never defined by it” Amanda Holden – Britains got Talent  How can meaningful occupation and occupational therapy be useful in healing and recovery from trauma? and why should occupational therapists be trauma-informed? This morning I was sent this video by a friend, I found it really powerful because not only is…

A fantastic horse themed Sensory Ladder

After lots of thinking and hard work this superb horse themed Sensory Ladder was created to help make talking about being in the right space for learning at school easier. #sensoryladder #sensoryintegration

Where can I buy one? The Adult/ Adolescent Sensory History.

Reasonably priced and available from the Spiral Foundation who ship this quickly to the UK and Ireland, the complete resource Adult/Adolescent Sensory History includes self-report questionnaire caregiver questionnaire for parents/ caregivers of those unable to self-report shortened/abridged self-report for those not be able to complete the full self-report questionnaire a medical and developmental history form excel based scoring program that generates standardised scores of the full self-report and caregiver questionnaire to assist…

Research Update: Sensory integration dysfunction affects efficacy of speech therapy on children with functional articulation disorders.

While filing our journal articles for our course resources for participants files, I got distracted reading this article, which includes a lovely summery of evidence making links between sensory integration difficulties, motor co-ordination and articulation difficulties. A great article supporting possible links between motor praxis and oral praxis difficulties we commonly see in clinical practice. It reminded me of this phrase I learnt when being…

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