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  • Sleep Time

    ''There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.'' ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson I love this time of the year. The cooler evenings always seem to help me sleep better. There is nothing quite like that feeling of climbing into bed, pulling the covers up, and laying my head on my nice soft pillow. Not long ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on October 10, 2013
  • A Sensory-Free Halloween

    Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,  Voices whisper in the trees, “Tonight is Halloween!” - Dexter Kozen   Ok, while I don't think anyone who has a child with sensory challenges will ever have a truly ''sensory free Halloween'', I would like to offer some suggestions that might help make it less stressful.  I also ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on October 3, 2013
  • Therapist, Mother, Writer, Advocate, Friend

    I wanted to take today's blog to share with you a little bit about who I am, where I've come from, and where I'm hoping to go. I'm hoping this little insight may make you feel a little more comfortable in asking for advice, sharing your stories, or just coming back here to see what is being shared each week. First and foremost I am a mom of two ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on September 11, 2013
  • Seasons Changing and Sensory Needs

    Here in New England the leaves are starting to turn colors, there is a nip in the air, and the apples are ready for picking.  Fall is just around the corner!  As much as I love this time of year I know that there are many parents right now who are looking at their kids wondering what the heck has gotten into them.  Their ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on September 4, 2013
  • Some Thoughts on Vestibular Input

    Lately all things vestibular have been showing up in my world. A colleague has been having issues with vertigo (your world shrinks fast when you feel dizzy all of the time!). It reminded me to be thankful that my own system is intact for now despite my ‘tween niece’s recent visit and her desire to ride every single roller coaster at one of the ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on July 9, 2013
  • Weighted Blankets: What Do We Know?

    As a peds therapist and on staff expert for an equipment company for special needs, I do get asked periodically for more resources on weighted blankets.  There have been some well-known published studies on weighted vests including Fertel-Daly et all on the effects of a weighted vest on attention to task and VandenBerg’s study on the use ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on May 28, 2013
  • Recess Resources

    Continuing on our Earth Day adventures with the theme of getting outside one of my fellow colleagues who is a former PE instructor sent me a great blog from peds OT Loren Shlaes.  Entitled Why Kids Need Recess and PE for Academic Success it is an open invitation to teachers (and parents and ANYONE who will listen!) on the value of recess ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on April 23, 2013
  • Eye Gaze Aversion and Autism

    As the good sensory trained therapists that we are, we have long known anecdotally that children with autism often avert eye gaze especially when there is simultaneous input, such as when the child is being given auditory directions and/or is attempting to problem solve a situation.  When I work with teachers who have kids on the spectrum ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on March 26, 2013
  • In Memoriam

    I was saddened to learn recently  of the death of an icon in the world of OT. Jane Koomar, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA passed away peacefully at her home on February 24th after a long illness.  I did not have the privilege of knowing her personally, but she certainly had an influence on my life as a peds OT with a love for all things SI.  An ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on March 10, 2013
  • SPD Foundation Comments on Adam Lanza’s SPD Diagnosis

    I just received this update from the SPD Foundation regarding the Newtown, CT murders and the young man identified as the shooter Adam Lanza.  (See my December blog:  Autism Speaks Out About Newtown Tragedy).  PBS's Frontline has released a riveting documentary on Adam, his apparent diagnosis of SPD and his early years as his family ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on February 28, 2013
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