Before we discuss occupational therapy games and activities let’s look at some lingo. When I say “high engine” I mean those times when he is obviously over stimulated. For S1 this means running around the house squealing. A “low engine” means no energy, whining, laying around. (Did you know this can happen with ADHD? It does. Especially … Continue reading Child Occupational Therapy at Home
Just two months ago our daughter was an orphan. Today she smiles and giggles at her four siblings and my husband and me. Without us or families like us she would be in an orphanage or worse--abandoned on a side street in the dark. The Orphan Crisis and How to Help What is the Orphan … Continue reading The Orphan Crisis and How to Help
Sometimes I'm sad. Angry. Frustrated. Alone. It took me about four years to say the words. "I am a mom to a special needs child." I didn't believe it--which shocked me. I feel like I'm usually self aware. Occasionally my conversations with some friends go like this where I start off with, "Oh man. S1 … Continue reading Being a Special Needs Mom is Lonely
Child Anxiety in ADHD can be unpredictable. Sensory processing is wired differently in a child’s brain just like in this story of the stick.
ADHD and Anxiety in children is difficult to watch. As parents it hurts us. Do your child and yourself a favor and take care of yourself too.
Let’s talk OT. Occupational Therapy. Have you tried it for your child? Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, ADHD...there are many reasons to take your child to OT. And there are ways to integrate it at home when he really needs it or if OT just isn’t an option right now. What do they do there? Do … Continue reading Sensory Overload
As a mom with five young kids I know how important it is to take care of yourself too! I know because I’ve failed many times. You know those times when you’ve cried in the bathroom while your kids continued to dump beads into the carpet while screaming at each other and begging for ice … Continue reading I See You.
Think of the first few words or phrases you think of when you hear ADHD... Ok, go! Awesome, did you think any of these? Hyper In-your-face Can't sit still Talks too much Just calm down! Ritalin "Bad" at school Those are fairly stereotypical. What about any of these? Co-morbid diagnoses Over-stimulated Racing thoughts Sensory disorders Intelligent … Continue reading “Oh, so he’s hyper?”
I was sitting on my crumb-covered couch (We have a strict no-food-out-of-the-kitchen rule. Can you see how much good that does?) in my white t-shirt and yoga pants, both splattered earlier that day with spaghetti sauce. At least three loads of dishes sat on my counter, but I was busy holding my two month old … Continue reading Welcome to my Chaos