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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

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God’s presence, the student’s excitement, the parent’s anticipation of the night’s events were a few things that filled the atmosphere of All Children’s Academy’s performance of Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, performed this past Friday night. Having been in the throws of making preparations for the night’s events for a few months now, it wasn’t until the day after that I truly got to reflect on the awesome wonders that occurred.

Dr. Joyce Pickering ~

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Guidance and Tips from Dr. Joyce Pickering

Friday Night All Children's Academy welcomed Dr. Joyce Pickering from the Shelton School in Dallas, Texas. How insightful it was to hear the workshop, "All Children Learn Differently!"

What To Look For In Finding a Therapist to Treat Sensory Processing Disorder

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Evaluating SPD

Evaluation of the child with suspected SPD requires an extensive look at the whole child and his/her behaviors and how the behaviors impact the roles of the child in everyday functioning. Standardized tests help to identify specific areas of sensory dysfunction, while clinical observations and family/child interview help to link evaluation findings to how the identified areas of dysfunction are affecting the child’s functioning day to day. 

When Life Isn't Always What You Expect

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“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to?

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!”

Make It To The Promise Land

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I am going to admit in writing I have struggled with my weight and have been on some sort of DIET now for about 44 years …  OH MY!!!!!  I know that will sound absolutely positively absurd to many of you, but remember even the Israelites were wandering around for 40 years and finally made it to the Promise Land.  I still have HOPE for me.

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.

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