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…

Infinity Hoops

  These are amazing totally recommend them.   Infinity Hoops

Swimming is great for supporting sensory integration.

Submitted by Guest blogger Ruth OT I first started to really think about the sensory integration benefits of swimming when I realised our daughter was getting so much better at the climbing frame at her favourite park. This was right around the time we started going to the park on the way home from swimming lessons. I didn’t connect the two at first but once…

Frozen Vegetable Alert UK

We know lots of young people with sensory challenges like to crunch on frozen veg. Please be aware of this extensive list of possibly contaminated vegetables from many of our favourite brands. https://policehour.co.uk/2018/07/urgent-national-frozen-veg-recall-after-nine-dead/ https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-44739472

Assessment tools are just that – tools in our toolbox!

We should use and value our specialist skills – promoting our profession – information from one assessment tool is not a comprehensive assessment. We should act with integrity and only practice what we are skilled in and trained to do. This can and must include postgraduate training and we should value this investment in our own skills to deliver a great service to our clients.…

Summer fun ideas for challenging Tweenies and Teens

Here are some great hand-eye coordination activities for clients across the lifespan – some are especially good for teens! Try these with tweenies and teens with difficulties with sensory-motor coordination, to get them off devices and outdoors over the summer.

Dyspraxia or DCD, what term and recommendatons do you use in your EHCP’s and why?

“Developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD), also known as dyspraxia, is a condition affecting physical co-ordination that causes a child to perform less well than expected in daily activities for his or her age, and appear to move clumsily.” NHS Choices[accessed 1 July 2018]  Sometimes the terms we use as therapists are disputed in EHCP meetings or tribunals. The following quotes have proved useful in defending my…

Trauma and development of the brain.

Watch this amazing TED about trauma…here’s a taster of what Nadine Burke Harris will share with you in her presentation, which explores the underlying neuroscience. “Well, imagine you’re walking in the forest and you see a bear. Immediately, your hypothalamus sends a signal to your pituitary, which sends a signal to your adrenal gland that says, “Release stress hormones! Adrenaline! Cortisol!” And so your heart starts to pound, Your…

Early trauma is stored in the body via the senses, this is why therapy through the senses is effective

“Early trauma is stored in the body via the senses, this is why therapy through the senses is effective.” Smith, K BPD and SI 2004 Occupational Therapists are ideally placed to work through play and via the senses to promote the development of healthy neurological pathways and structures; impacting the development of sensory motor skills and abilities that underpin our ability to move, learn, play,…

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