Do You Know What Your Child is Doing in Their OT Sessions?
I'm going to write this with the knowledge that there will be rebuttals from parents and therapists alike. I just wanted to throw that out there. The topic? Parents involvement in their child's Occupational Therapy (OT) sessions or should I say lack of it. As a STAR Institute "trained" parent I'm passionate about this mostly because I know what a difference it made for us and our son Jackson regarding success with his therapy for Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). I've also been on the other side (not involved in therapy) and have seen the harm it can do.
My SPD Diagnosis Helped Me Understand My Story
In September 2017, we came across an inspiring TED Talk by Jennifer Allison that made us instantaneous fans. Her ability to compose herself in a calm and organized manner while talking about sensory challenges, addiction, and joy struck us with awe. In her TED Talk, Jennifer shares her love for art and she is REALLY talented. About a week later, we had one of her prints hanging above the door of our shared office.
There Were Few Adults with SPD
As STAR Institute therapists for the Adolescent and Adult Treatment Program, we’ve seen so many of our clients take their sensory processing challenges and use them as sensory “superpowers” and develop amazing abilities. These newly repurposed abilities have helped them succeed in work and parenting, become SPD advocates, and so on. Recently, we decided to share our own personal sensory stories.
SPD and Sexuality: An Interview
Can Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and sexuality impact one another? If so, how does this look, especially in terms of relationship?
In the following interview, we explored one young man’s experience as a self-identified gay man and person with SPD.
Relationship Focused Sensory Treatment: We Shouldn't Just Treat Individuals
I’m Carrie Einck and you know me from the STAR Institute videos on Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) for adults and teens. Today, I’m sharing my story of what drove me to work with families dealing with Sensory Processing challenges and how I address sensory challenges in my own life.... (BUT don't forget to read Sarah's story too!)
My Life Path with Sensory Processing
I’m Sarah Norris and you probably know me from the STAR Institute videos on Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Recently, we’ve been asking the adult SPD community to share their sensory stories with us so we can create more community and awareness for all. Today, I’m sharing my story of how I’ve chosen this career and how I address sensory challenges in my own life.... (BUT remember to read Carrie's story too!)
The Self-Care Struggle for Special Needs Parents
I’m Autistic: I Have a Voice
I'm Autistic and one of the most frustrating things that can happen for me is when someone decides they know better for me, than I do. When someone speaks over me. When someone ignores my opinion...
The same rule applies to Neurodiversity. If you need an opinion on Neurodiversity, why not ask the Neurodiverse person?
(Neurodiversity (ND) simply means: A fundamentally different way of thinking caused by neurology.)
Autism: A Different Sensory Experience
Sensory Processing Disorder: It’s Not… Something You Outgrow
The “Terrible-Twos”. Separation anxiety. Night terrors. These conditions are closely associated with childhood. They can cause misery to child, caregiver and family alike. They bring distress, angst, loss of sleep, and unfortunately, sometimes the need for professional intervention. What these childhood conditions generally share as a group is the tendency for people to “outgrow” them as they age. In general, we view “childhood conditions” as just that – issues we need only worry about with children.