The fidget spinner craze! Have you heard of it? A new “fidget” hit the markets and immediately became the newest sought-after toy among elementary and middle school students. It’s a small hand held toy that spins on different bearings which each give different sensory feedback. Though the craze has just recently begun, the design was […]
Children are often referred to occupational therapy for handwriting difficulties, especially within the educational model. Yet, you’ll rarely see me doing handwriting within one of my sessions. And this often baffles the minds of the parents and teachers who have brought their child/student to me. The reason is, as an occupational therapy practitioner, I’ve been […]
We had a whole slew of errands to get through this morning and it’s not always easy to make a lot of stops with Brian in tow as transitions are very tricky for him. He started fussing after the third stop so like any great Mom, I bribed him and his brother with some fast food […]
Over time, the consistency of my posts have waned. Not because I don’t love to write or that I don’t have a gazillion things that would make great blog posts. The more my children grow, the more I’ve had doubts about posting about them particularly as it pertains to the areas in their lives that […]
Individuals with autism do not like change. It can take a lot of effort to make their way through our sensory-rich environment, without having to navigate change. We use tools to help them, things like visual timers, visual schedules, social stories, and chaining. Last Friday, Brian graduated from the fourth grade. Next year, he’ll be heading […]
“What is wrong with him?”
It’s not the first time I’ve been asked this question by an innocent child at the playground. It doesn’t get any easier to hear though. Each time I choke on my own spit, my heart enlarges and pounds, and at the base of my amygdala I can feel the Mama Bear just wanting to come out and ask the little brat what’s wrong with him..
But it passes.
“I’m feeling really angry right now,” piped up a little voice from my backseat out of nowhere. So thankful for this big brother. “Really, what’s wrong Corbin?” “I’m thinking about something that happened at school today.” “What happened?” “We were sitting at lunch today and ‘T’ was making a lot of loud noises and a […]