Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.
Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:
Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science.
The reason we have decided to get an OT evaluation for Charlotte because, during her speech evaluation, the therapist noticed her hand flapping, claw hands(something she does with her hands), running around, tiptoeing, and the rubbing of fabric when she's drinking. The therapist said she was "sensory seeking", and that it may interfere with her daily activities later in life, but she wouldn't conclusively say until after her psychology appointment, and a few speech therapy sessions because she theorized that these actions may be a form of communication.
Charley had her evaluation with an occupational therapist last Friday. And while she’s sensory seeking less and less since starting speech therapy, we’ve had an appointment since May, so we decided to go just in case.
The consensus was that her sensory seeking did not interfere with her daily life and she has no obsessive tendencies. But to help with her sensory seeking, the therapist suggested I go on Pinterest and find some activities for her.
The first is just water in a roasting pan, with stones and toys. We noticed she liked pouring her juice and playing in it, so this would mimic that. As you can see, she likes it. She also likes to play with stones while she’s outside so I bought craft stones from the dollar tree.
The second is rice. Pretty straightforward. I’m actually thinking of purchasing fancy sand for that table since it keeps everything contained although I still find myself cleaning up rice. But it keeps her occupied and I’m happy about that.
The third is Play-Doh. She’s only playing with that in her high chair and where she won’t get it stuck in my carpet or anywhere else. LOL.
I have 5 more activities planned, some I haven’t got the supplies for yet:
1. Flour and baby oil:
This makes a mixture like kinetic sand, and I already have the supplies!
2. Grass and barnyard animals:
I’m going to the dollar tree to pick up tiny plastic animals, along with some dried grass from outside.
3. Cotton balls:
I don’t have enough but I have a container that I can fill with cotton and small toys and have her go searching.
4. Texture board:
We would make this using poster board, sandpaper, and other textures.
WE’RE GONNA MAKE SLIME LADIES! (I actually can’t wait for this one).
Now for the serious part. If you feel like your child may be sensory seeking, I implore you to take them for an evaluation. Early intervention is key, and if there's nothing wrong, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Don't listen to outside sources that say these things are normal, because what's normal for one child, isn't normal for another. You know your child better than anyone. Trust your instincts, and do your best.
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A doctor told a very good friend of mine that the first three months of a baby's life is like a fourth trimester (I guess it wouldn't be called a trimester then but whatev). He said that some major development is far from done but we wouldn't be able to give birth to their giant heads if they stayed in the womb any longer (I wouldn't say that they fit really well at 40 weeks either but I'm not going to argue with nature.)
My friend told me this when my first son was about a month old and I was trying to implement all the "well intended" (code for "shit") advice that is often bestowed on a new mother. It was like an Oprah A-Ha moment and it made perfect sense. If I just let him live his life like he's still in the womb my life will become way less complicated. Here's what I did:
I stopped trying to give him a bath every night.
Someone told me a bath was essential to establishing a bedtime schedule. She also told me that this should be followed by a massage (sadly for him, not me) and a story. He hated bath time because he was naked and freezing (for the record, he loves being both now), the massage confused him just long enough to get through it and I don't know why I thought reading "Go Dog Go" to a two-week old was logical, but then "sane" wasn't an adjective I'd use for me in the first three months of my child's life. I accepted that he was a newborn and not a member of the Deadliest Catch fishing crew so he wasn't dirty and he didn't need a bath.
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As a kid, I hated taking naps. Heck, even as a pre-kid adult I hated taking them. They seemed like a waste of time that could better be used reading or eating or binge watching a Real World marathon.
Then I had kids.
Science tells us that kids need naps. It’s good for their development. What science doesn’t tell you—but I will—is that we need our kids to take naps for our own sanity.
Like every other kid on the planet, my kids also fight naps. What’s worse, though, is that while there are ten different types of naps a child can take, there’s only one that is actually a gift from above. Can you guess which one is the only good nap on the list?
1. The “I Need’ Nap. This is the nap where your kid needs something every seven seconds. “I need a drink of water,” “I need to go potty,” “I need a story,” “I need, I need, I need.” By the time the kid actually falls asleep, it’s time to wake them up and begin the countdown to bedtime.
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Is your milk supply really low? First of all, is your milk supply really low? Often, mothers think that their milk supply is low when it really isn’t. If your baby is gaining weight well on breastmilk alone, then you do not have a problem with milk supply.
It’s important to note that the feel of the breast, the behavior of your baby, the frequency of nursing, the sensation of let-down, or the amount you pump are not valid ways to determine if you have enough milk for your baby.
What if you’re not quite sure about baby’s current weight gain (perhaps baby hasn’t had a weight check lately)? If baby is having an adequate number of wet and dirty diapers then the following things do NOT mean that you have a low milk supply:
Needle pricks can look a lot worse than they actually feel (especially to the parent who's watching that needle head for their baby's impossibly soft skin). Any pain your child feels is fleeting (often more like a pinching sensation than actual pain) – and it's a pain with a very significant gain (protection against diseases that would hurt a lot more). Still, there are ways to help your child feel less pain with every prick:
A little cuddle: Studies show that babies who are held by their parent when they receive their shots cry less.
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