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…

A find online: Why Do Kids on the Spectrum Have Trouble with Transitions?

This article is a great read., and links to the BBC news item this morning about a research project exploring if parents with children with autism are experiencing stress. Some children on the spectrum may exhibit problematic behaviors when asked to change their routine or to transition from one task, activity, or setting to another. Why is this? — Read on www.findatopdoc.com/Parenting/Why-Do-Kids-on-the-Spectrum-Have-Trouble-with-Transitions

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

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…

Online Resource: Thresholds

Learn more neuroscience about the senses… This lecturer explains differences in threshold receptors – importantly distinguishing between absolute thresholds and those that detect differences.

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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