Dr Yana Wengel is an associate professor at Hainan University. Yana takes a critical approach to tourism studies; her interests include volunteer tourism, tourism in developing economies and nature-based tourism. Her dissertation examined the social construction of host-guest experiences in volunteer farm tourism. Her current projects are focused on nature-based tourism and leisure and travel experiences of patients with an eating disorder. Yana is interested in creative methodologies for data collection and stakeholder engagement. She is a co-founder of the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® research community.
We will be hosting a Q & A session tonight. Come and join us to hear about Sensooli and Chewigem products. We will be joined tonight on the call by Jenny McLaughlan and Loz Young, who will be telling us more about Chewigem and their new initiative Sensooli . They are keen to hear therapist feedback about their products and how this relates to our practice;including what we might like to know more about. For more information please see https://chewigem.com/and their new spacehttps://sensooli.com/.
Please post any questions before the session to the ASI in Practice Telegram Group or email through to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is an open evening session, so please also do bring any others questions or chat about anything related to ASI.
PANDAS and PANS Sensory Integration and Processing Difficulties
Sensory Systems: Vestibular processing deficits, often low PRN Poor postural control especially antigravity extension Can slouch, slump – extension against gravity is tricky and tiring Likes to move and not stop/fidgeting Can have low levels of alertness when not moving Scared of the dark without visual input to support spatial understanding Altered spatial awareness Poor grading of force May appear ‘low toned’ – but normal Beighton Scale Poor self-awareness – spatial; position in space and body awareness ARFID and picky eating | often poor tactile registration and poor modulation Super sensitive to some tastes Altered temperature perception Delayed cues re ill, nauseous, hungry, full or needing toilet Hyper-responsivity to some textures and light touch eg certain fabrics/textures May dislike light touch; skin, hair, tooth and nail care can be tricky Dislike being touched or held when not on own terms Slow or under-responsivity to pain, Hyper-responsivity in far senses; smell, vision and hearing
The dyspraxic patterns seen can include; Often bumping into things and people Difficulty playing with manipulating tools and toys Difficulty learning new/novel movement/motor skills Fine motor co-ordination difficulties e.g., handwriting, bilateral co-ordination, poor tool use Speech praxis difficulties include stutter, slurred words, poor pronunciation and timing Ideation, planning and execution can all be affected.
Emotion Regulation Rage Anger Irritability Poor frustration tolerance Difficulties with co and self-regulation Poor self-awareness – emotional lability is common Tearful one moment, raging the next 0-100 in 3 seconds
Executive Function Poor processing speed Multi-tasking is hard Poor timing and sequencing Poor concentration and focus Slow to perform tasks ? observed difficulties with language processing ? observed difficulties with more complex and abstract problem solving that is age-appropriate
Fatigues easily and needs lots of reset time May go ‘off legs’ Looks like have regressed
May need much parental encouragement and support Lose resilience to trying new things Low self-esteem
Older children Self-loathing and disgust at self Extreme fear and losing control of agency over the world Awareness of personality change and burden on parents and siblings
Despite high phenotypic heterogeneity in ASD, a meaningful subpopulation of children with ASD (∼90%) show significant general motor impairment. More focused studies on the nature of motor impairment in ASD reveal that children with ASD are particularly impaired on tasks such as ball catching and motor imitation that require efficient visual-motor integration (VMI).