The next step in my learning journey starts this week…

I’m so excited that 3 years after starting my postgraduate training in Ayres Sensory Integration, I have finally been able to take the next step in my journey and this week I have started to study the materials for ASI WISE CLASI CASI Module 2 online, with face to face M3 later in August. Next year will mark 20 years since I completed my Master’s…

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…

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…

Please don’t say… “She seems fine to me…”

Submitted by guest blogger, Ruth OT. In my time as a special needs parent, I’ve had a variety of responses to telling people my child has special needs. Some responses have been great, others have left me crying all the way home. Literally. Some have opened up conversations, others have shut them down. I know that those people who have not been so helpful have…

All About Slime

Slime is a good way to unwind. It is satisfying, gloopy and fun to play with. You can make it in many different colours, amounts, smells, and textures. There are many different slime recipes, here is one we made earlier. We added some shaving foam to make it fluffy (but it isn’t fluffy slime) and smell nice. Here Is Our Recipe. Here is our homemade…

Neuroscience and Sleep

Submitted by guest blogger Ruth OT Before I trained to be an occupational therapist, I studied neuroscience to masters by research level. It is so helpful in my work to have that underpinning knowledge of some of the things going on in the brain and how these affect behaviour. However, I don’t miss growing neurons in petri dishes and counting them. Our kids are not…

Ayres’ Sensory Integration: Making The Ordinary Come Alive

Today I was sent a copy of this poem, thanking me as an occupational therapist, for doing Ayres’ Sensory Integration therapy as this little person’s occupational therapist, I play with him in my therapy space, and it is changing his life; his confidence, his mastery of the world around him, and his ability to actively participate in his everyday life at school and at home.…

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…

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…

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