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Your Mental Wellbeing and the Coronavirus

This can be a tricky time, but there are still lots of opportunities to look after our mental health. Here is a link to some fantastic advice from Mind charity with ideas about how to take care of your wellbeing during this time.

This information is helpful for those who might be feeling anxious about the virus or if you are wondering how you will cope if you need to work from home or self-isolate.

Read more here – Mind Charity, Coronavirus and your wellbeing

 

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Sensory Integration, praxis and speech and language difficulties.

Language and communication difficulties commonly co-occur in children and adults with movement and coordination difficulties.

Speech is not just about understanding and using language it’s also about timing, sequencing and movement of mouth and body muscles. Body language can make up 90% or more of how we communicate.

You need to be able to have adequate praxis to know what you wanted to say, plan it and execute – the same praxis skills required for playing, walking, doing a sport or managing skills for daily life like dressing and eating.

Read more about Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Read more here about speech delays and CAS

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Sensory Overload, Poor Habituation and A Brain that is Constantly Surprised

This article by science mag uses the analogy of predictive coding to explore how a mismatch between what the brain predicts might happen with what actually happens can cause the brain to be in a constant state of surprise. It attempts to explain some of the core features of Autism, Sensory Integration differences, poor habituation, focus on detail rather than the big picture and difficulties with social interaction…

“In Ayaya’s telling, her autism involves a host of perceptual disconnects. For example, she feels in exquisite detail all the sensations that typical people readily identify as hunger, but she can’t piece them together. “It’s very hard for me to conclude I’m hungry,” she says. “I feel irritated, or I feel sad, or I feel something [is] wrong. This information is separated, not connected.” It takes her so long to realize she is hungry that she often feels faint and gets something to eat only after someone suggests it to her.”  Read more here…

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Walking into the New Year

As we start the new year, with lots of hopes for a fresh start, often its the smallest most simple and achievable changes that work best. 

Amy Fleming talks to neuroscientist Shane O’Mara who believes that plenty of regular walking unlocks the cognitive powers of the brain like nothing else. He explains why you should exchange your gym kit for a pair of comfy shoes and get strolling

“Our sensory systems work at their best when they’re moving about the world,” says O’Mara. Read more here 

active dog walking enjoyment fun

 

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ICEASI Education Standards Approved.

We are answering more and more questions online, via text and What’s App – all asking the same questions about our Certification in Ayres’ SI, and why our experienced Directors and Lecturers have chosen to be affiliated with the CL-ASI Programme.

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We suggest that this recently published document developed after much consultation and with consensus from many organisations teaching ASI around the globe, is helpful (see below). Read more here about ICEASI, it’s history and development of these standards, which were published in an AOTA publication here. 

ASI Wise is part of ICEASI, so we use these standards to guide our programme and provide advice about knowledge and skills required for practice.Consultant OT, Director and CLASI Lecturer Kath Smith, pictured above, represents ASI Wise at ICEASI meetings.

 

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