Thursday, March 26, 2015

What is a Play Diet?

As a, ahem, slightly "seasoned" OT I look on "digital play" with alarm, since so many of the students I work with report engaging in digital play after school and on weekends but rarely tell me that they participate in physical, social or creative play when they're at home.  When a student describes going on a hike with their family or making a b-day card for Grandma I want to jump for joy.

This article discusses the importance of balancing play choices and presents different aspects of play in a clear, visual format that is familiar to all of us who are working on balancing our food choices:

http://learningworksforkids.com/play-diet/

Monday, March 9, 2015

Overprescribing OT Services in Schools???

Eek!  This article from the New York Times about the significant increase of OT referrals in some school districts is alarming (thx for the alert, OT Practice, March 9, 2015).

Increase in OT Referrals--NY Times February 2015

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Concentrating at Work

Recently I discovered how using background music or nature sounds can help regulate my tolerance for aversive noise at home and work.  I have a favorite "waves on the beach" YouTube clip for times when I'm writing reports and have just begun using Coffitivity for those times at home when my DH is enjoying his meal, with relish.

After 37 years of trying to talk myself into not minding the sounds of others' chewing, slurping and other "mouth" sounds I have been testing the effectiveness of keeping a portable device nearby during meals and pressing the Play button for background noise.  If I adjust the volume low enough my DH doesn't even hear it.  Now that I think about it I realize that I could cue up an oldies country radio station, or playlist on my device, to have at the ready; we could both enjoy my musical auditory screen during mealtimes. Using music to enhance self regulation and improve interpersonal relationships--sounds like a client-centered OT strategy to me.

Related post:  http://otinpublicschools.blogspot.com/2014/12/misophonia.html

Friday, February 6, 2015

Exchanging 2-D for 3-D

It's getting warmer outside here in Virginia--time to think about cutting back the perennials and deciding which annuals to plant this spring.  Spring is also IEP time!!!

Since there's quite a bit of screen time going on at work (new evals to write up, treatment documentation, Medicaid billing via an online software provider, everyday e-mails related to the job) I think I need to take a little break from the computer when I'm off the clock.  So...

...I'll be spending more time at home in 3-D pursuits (napping counts, right?)  Please use the "Search this blog" feature in the right-hand column to look up previous posts on different topics for the next month or two while I keep my hands busy at home.  Hope to catch up with ya'll real soon.

Hark, I hear Stewey meowing for me at the back door.  Time for his daily brushing.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Kiddie Fisherman's Vest for Proprioceptive Input

I promise I haven't been online shopping at work!

Looking for an improvement to my makeshift rice bag/duct tape weighted items for kids I came across this post:  http://elvis-sightings.blogspot.com/2010/11/product-hits-and-misses-sensory-seeker.html

If you've tried a therapist-made or parent-fabricated weighted vest with your student and feel that it is helpful, maybe it's time to step up to a cool fisherman's vest that is probably quite durable and washable.  Use safe objects as the weights and you're all set.