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What Can School Based Occupational Therapists Offer?

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Occupational therapists are part of the education team within a school setting. The profession of occupational therapy is concerned with a person’s ability to participate in desired daily life activities or “occupations.” In the schools, occupational therapist use their unique expertise to help children prepare for and perform important learning and school-related activities and to fulfill their role as students.

I Don’t Need Occupational Therapy. I Already Have a Job!

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“My child doesn’t need occupational therapy…he won’t be working for another 12 years!”

“OTs…don’t they just work on handwriting and tying shoes?”

“All they do is play games.”

“They don’t need OT, it’s a reading issue.”

“The OT can get that child quiet and modulated, that’s their job!”

How Do Those With SPD Describe Sensations?

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Children and adults can be affected by Sensory Processing Disorder. It is hard for another person to understand the behaviors of people who have SPD, especially when on the outside, there are not necessarily notable differences.  The following quotes were taken from a course I went to years ago. I thought it gave some insight and perspective on how (internally and externally) sensations can feel to those that have SPD.  These are real people, real sensations, and real perceptions of the sensations.

Defensiveness to Touch:

Statistically Speaking...

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Parents of children with special needs are met with a host of life challenges that other parents do not have to face.  These difficulties are increasingly difficult when parents do not have a united front to go through these trials together.  The institution of marriage is a jeopardized entity in the United States for many reasons. For a married couple who are raising children with special needs, the divorce rate is statistically higher.

A Parent's Perspective

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Therapy verbiage, protocols, advice, etc., can be very overwhelming, especially for parents just entering the world of therapy. A colleague of mine sent this link to me. I so appreciate this parent's wisdom and perspective.

Casting Out an Anchor

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Thinking about my responsibility of stewarding children that are not mine by parental rights, I can sometimes honestly choose very easily to cower away from the responsibility to earnestly take hold of the opportunity to teach them in the ways that are right and true. Nurturing children by ways of taking care of their physical needs are relatively easy. Applying my knowledge in my field of occupational therapy and experience with children in an educational environment is comfortable and automatic.

SPD Didn't Make the Cut

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A word from Lucy Miller:

Sensational Holiday Experiences, For Your “Sensational” Child

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     Ah…tis the season to be jolly, possibly a little overwhelmed, most likely busy, and genuinely tired! Commercials have begun to abound the television with scenes of Thanksgiving meals, family gatherings, presents, shopping, and Christmas tunes playing in the background.  Winter weather, well…not sure yet, at least for our area, but no doubt the days will get colder, just as daylight savings has already delivered less daylight hours.

Overcoming the Storms

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This past week we ventured out to Maumelle Park to take our students camping. We knew that there was a possibility of rain and possibly thunderstorms. However, we were determined to continue on with the plans. Hours of packing, practicing campfire songs, pre-teaching campfire and campsite safety, and planning our meals were all part of the hype in leaving for the overnight trip. 

Please STOP screaming!!--Sensory Processing Disorder Subtypes

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Sensory Processing Disorder is categorized into 3 subtypes:  Sensory Modulation Disorder, Sensory-Based Motor Disorder, and Sensory Discrimination Disorder.  

Sensory Modulation Disorders are typically the most identifiable types of SPD noted by teachers and parents due to their behavioral responses.  There are three distinct types of Sensory Modulation Disorders: