Inclusion. It’s a word that is stressed by parents of special needs often. It’s simple. Inclusion is the act of including. Inclusion means feeling part of something larger than yourself and feeling like you belong. It’s a feeling, we all take for granted, but if we never had that sense of belonging, it would make a seriously detrimental impact on our lives.
The Occupational Therapy Framework, which I had to memorize by heart as a college student, breaks down our lives into seven occupations. The goal at mind is to find happiness, independence, and balance between the seven occupations: Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) Instruments of Daily Living (IADLs) Rest & Sleep Education Work Play Leisure Social […]
Here’s the thing about meltdowns. They are not a tantrum. They are not manipulative feats to get what they want. The individual with autism can not control it. And they are not about you. I’ve been told: “Well, he’s getting too old for that.” “It wasn’t fair to (insert adult name here). He didn’t do anything […]
As Brian begins to enter the world of puberty we struggle with hormones and emotions and how to explain abstract concepts to a little boy who in some ways is no further along developmentally than a preschooler. In the mornings we’ve added in the step of using deodorant to help him not be the stinky […]
As an occupational therapy assistant (OTA), I find myself doing my best to help parents through tricky times in their lives. You read my blog….I, obviously, don’t have all the answers all the time. But I do find myself giving out these five tidbits over and over again. No, they don’t have to do with […]