I’m super excited to publish this post by Melissa Souden, Occupational Therapy extraordinaire- She’s a fabulous OT and a very handy lady! She created her own foot fidget swings using PVC to help sensory and inattentive kids pay attention in class. Here are the Step by Step directions so you can do the same!
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Learning how to tie your shoes is a giant leap toward becoming a “big kid”. Kind of like getting your first car or driver’s license. It feels like you are immediately branded as a “grown-up”.
Yup, being self-sufficient below the ankles is a big deal.
There are tons of tips and tricks to help kids achieve those “big kid” milestones. Learning to get dressed (including shoes) by themselves is really monumental in a kid’s life.
Did you know that typically developing children are ready to learn how to tie between the ages of 4 ½ and 6? It’s true. Unfortunately, many elementary school children don’t learn for years after that.
<A powerful sensory processing resource can change your life>
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Do you remember when you first started using Pinterest? Really using it on a daily basis?
Discovering Pinterest literally changed my life. All of a sudden I was:
- A cook with tons of healthy and fresh recipes
- A DIY ninja who could change my own electric outlets (Yes, I did that!)
- A budget-diva who could wear thirty different outfits using only ten pieces of clothing that were already in my closet
Not to mention the TONS of awesome OT activities and hacks I discovered, pinned, and started to use every day as an OT.
A resource like that is worth a million bucks.
I FOUND ANOTHER ONE… A Sensory Processing Resource.
<The Twiddle® Sensory Toy is the answer you’ve been looking for! >
HOW TO USE THE TWIDDLE® SENSORY TOY
I’m so excited to write about a new product I found called the Twiddle®. This is a sponsored post, which means I was compensated to write about the product. I only endorse products that I use personally in my practice, and the Twiddle® Sensory Toy is a new favorite.
Twiddles are soft, therapeutic activity/comfort aids that assist caregivers and professionals specializing in children with autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorders, developmental disabilities, and more.
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What is a Twiddle® Sensory Toy and what is it for?
The Twiddle intrigued me when I first saw it – what an awesome idea! It’s a comforting, engaging tool that looks like a toy or a stuffed animal but functions as a sensory aid to keep a child’s hands busy and mind focused.
It has gadgets on the outside and a soft flexible plastic orbit ball on the inside; perfect for active hands that like to squeeze, pull, and play!
<#AOTA17 is a must! See 10 reasons why you HAVE to go!>
I’ve been an OT for seventeen years, but I’m embarrassed to admit that I’d never attended the AOTA conference until #AOTA15 in Nashville, Tennessee.
My excuses were:
- It cost too much
- I’d have to miss work
- None of my friends were going/ I wouldn’t know anyone
Two years ago, my old roommate from college asked me if I was interested in attending #AOTA15 in Nashville.
YES! I’d been dying to go to Nashville, it was a chance to hang out with my former partner-in-crime for a few days, so I was totally in.
That trip totally changed my perspective on the AOTA conference.
Truthfully, I had no idea what I’d been missing!
Now, I can honestly say that I’ll make every effort to attend the AOTA conference each year. I decided to write this article to convince the Occupational Therapy practitioners who are thinking “hmm maybe…” to “YES!” for #AOTA17.
Here are 10 reasons YOU should go To #AOTA17 in PhilLY!
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I have a lot of students on my OT caseload who are clumsy, uncoordinated, and distracted.
Then, there are the students who are impulsive, avoidant, and behavioral.
This leads to TONS of spilled paint, knocked over blocks, and (the worst) tiny items that end up ALL OVER my classroom floor.
<Baby shower gifts can be so dull and boring. Finally, a different personal baby shower gift that the new mom definitely didn’t register for, The Best Baby Shower Gift Ever>
I have a confession: I hate baby showers.
And bridal showers too.
I know it makes me a horrible person. And I am TRULY happy for my friend and their new milestone. I just hate having to sit somewhere for four hours
drinking punch with no liquor in it when I could be reading a book, going to yoga or cleaning out my closet.
I’m a terrible person. I know.
BUT – I suck it up and do my womanly duty because it’s the right thing to do and I know my friend needs the loot.
Plus, I LOVE to give presents. I always give my BEST EVER “Miss Jaime OT” baby shower gift. I’ve perfected it over the years and every one of my friends has gushed about how useful it was. Plus, NO ONE thinks to register for it.
I can’t wait to share it with you!
Every new mom registers for diapers, bottles, and sheets, etc. They go up and down the aisles aiming their “gift gun” at all kinds of silly things that they may never end up using; noise machines, diaper genies, and special “baby” detergent.
BUT THEY ALWAYS FORGET THIS ESSENTIAL ITEM.