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 […]
Twas the night before school starts, when all through the house not a creature was stirring… Heck, who am I kidding. Everyone is still stirring. There’s an air of excitement, despair, hope, and sadness. No one is really ready for the summer to end. Summer brings about more carefree days spent with family and who […]
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.
Brian started his first day of school on Monday. First day of school with new staff, new programming, and a new school. We did all the pre-school work such as visits to the classroom, working with the new staff during ESY (Extended School Year) to acclimate to them, updating my “Brian Manual” that I pass […]
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 […]