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How Smartphones Affect Your Sleep

In this video, Dr Dan Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, explains how screens can impact on sleep Advertisements

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Free theme park tickets for children with disabilities

Merlin’s Magic wand is a worldwide charity which provides free theme park tickets to families of children with disabilities. These days out help families to take some time out of their often stressful lives to create magical memories. Read more and apply here  Due to the high demand, each family can only apply once. Applications must be made by either parents, guardians or registered organisations,…

UK changes in accessible parking for people with hidden disabilities.

Good news for families living with autism and other hidden disabilities in England as the government decides to extend blue badge criteria to include people with hidden disabilities. Read more here https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44993036

Building Sensory Friendly Spaces

Have you seen these resources for building sensory and ASD friendly environments… Given up to 90% of young people with ASD have sensory integration difficulties, these resources are a great guide for anyone looking to build or create sensory friendly spaces. Our own favourite is the Virco Zuma Chair for schools, offices and home – with adult and child sized options. What is your favourite…

Research In Practice: Do SI patterns identified in research exist outside a US population?

Patterns of sensory integration difficulties have been studied in the US since the 1970’s.  Many questions exist about if similar patterns exist in cultures and communities outside of the US, and studies are limited. Here is a summary of an important study conducted in South Africa. The purpose of the study was to investigate and describe the similarities and differences of patterns of SI dysfunction…

Messy Play 1 – What is messy play and how can it help?

Submitted by guest blogger, Ruth OT It’s the summer holidays for most schools in England, including my kid’s schools. I’m well known for my love of messy/ tactile play, and summer holidays and messy play are made to go together. First of all, can I just say that messy play is not just about the sensory input, it’s not a “sensory session”, it’s certainly not…

CPD on the Sofa: Early brain development 0-3

We all know the early years are critical to development – what does this mean for practice. Well it is probably all about parent education and advocacy for health promotion. This is a role we OT’s should embrace – we know how essential early input and the environment is in shaping development of the body and brain – and the importance of ‘just right’ sensory…

Research Update: Children with better coordination more likely to achieve at school

Young children with better eye-to-hand coordination were more likely to achieve higher scores for reading, writing and math according to new research — raising the possibility schools could provide extra support to children who are clumsy. — Read on www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180711093224.htm Programmes like Fun Fit, developed by in Cornwall and used as a first line of in school support of motor development of young people at…

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