I launched this blog/website almost 2 months ago and have truly enjoyed writing the blogs and getting the comments and emails about them. Thank you so much for being a part of this new venture with me! :) I thought I'd post a Christmas picture of me with my precious nieces and nephews from 4 years ago. Tomorrow when we are all together again, I will get another picture made and will post it too. They have changed and grown so much and all are funny, sweet, full of kindness and brilliant - I'm not proud or anything, you understand. ;) I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas and peaceful time with their loved ones and I hope we all experience a year of many blessings! :)
Many kids with identified (and non-identified) special needs such as autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, ADD/ADHD, developmental delays demonstrate difficulties with initial and sustained attention to task, focus, self-stimulating behaviors, self-abusive behaviors and tactile and sensory defensiveness. Some kids will also appear not to be ‘grounded’. That’s not an official diagnosis and it’s hard to describe conclusively, but ‘ungrounded’ kids will frequently crash into objects/walls/people, appear restless and will roam aimlessly, and just don’t seem firmly in place or on the ground (I know that sounds a bit weird but trust me, there are kids who look like this and therapists often know them when they see them). Although the reasons for these difficulties are varied and many, one intervention that many kids respond very well to is the wearing of weighted vests over a period of time.
I'm a little behind my blog postings these last couple of weeks - I blame the frenzied pace of the holiday season but things will settle down again soon and I'll be back on my regular blog posting schedule. :) In the meantime, I just had a delightful lunch today with a sweet college student who is thinking about becoming an occupational therapy assistant and eventually an occupational therapist. In my preparation for our meeting, I went searching through my email archives and found an email that I wrote almost a year ago to another young student exploring occupational therapy as a profession and I thought I would post my response to her questions as it may be helpful to other folks considering this great profession. :)