AUDITORY PROCESSING IS MORE THAN HEARING

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) or Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) occurs when an individual has normal hearing but struggles to listen. It is believed that up to 1 in 6 children have some of the signs and symptoms of APD.

 

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SPINE CARE TIPS FOR CHILDREN

Help your child’s spine grow up to be straight, strong and flexible with the following hints and tips.

MORE TUMMY TIME.  Lying on their front when on the floor or on their bed is an achievable activity for most children.  It can be used for a variety of tasks including reading, puzzles, tablet use, TV or game consoles. This propped-up position encourages an upright chest and head posture and creates a contrast to the slouching posture many children get through prolonged sitting.

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BABY MASSAGE & THE POWER OF TOUCH

Touch has been proven time and time again to be beneficial to our health and well being – from decreasing blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormones (cortisol); touch has also been shown to increase love hormones (oxytocin) and establish stronger feelings of connection. This is especially true for babies – with touch being the first sense that we develop – the power of touch in establishing the parent-infant bond is huge!

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The Overwhelm Trap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Often as parents and carers, we are so busy coordinating and caring; that we aren’t mindful of our own behaviours and emotions. Or if we are, we attempt to suppress and ignore them.

With strict care regimes and the necessities of treatments, medications, appointments, specialists, therapies, endless paperwork and advocacy; there just doesn’t seem to be much time left for anything else!

Over time, we inevitably come to accept the emotional ups and downs and take them as a ‘given’. We convince ourselves that this is just ‘life’. We find ourselves putting our needs last and accept the fact that what we want and need doesn’t matter anymore; or that no one understands.  It’s so easy to arrive in this place, and it can sneak up on you without you even realising it.

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I’M TOO BUSY TO MEDITATE

This is easy for a Zen Master to say!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He doesn’t have children, run a household, go to work, entertain and certainly doesn’t have to shop and prepare for Xmas! Yet there are people who live in our world who do all this and smile, breathe, relax, enjoying what they do.

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OHANA MEANS FAMILY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those who know me well, know that I have a love for children’s movies and many of the beautiful quotes that come with them. Ohana from Lilo and Stitch is one of those beautiful quotes (as I sit here in my Stich onesie). When working with a child it means I am working with the whole family. As an occupational therapist, the family is encompassed in the environment of an individual and they play such an important part. There are so many times that a family, mother, father, caregiver or friend walks into a session feeling as if everything is too much, with an overwhelming amount of things on their plate.

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WHY DO YOGA AS A FAMILY

Here are 5 good reasons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. A family that plays together, laughs together – we often forget to have fun in our busy lives. Family yoga gives families a challenge to attend all 6 sessions, makes time to be together, leave their homes, tasks and technology to exercise, relax, laugh and have fun.
  2. A family that connects together, feel secure together – the family yoga poses allow us to touch, problem solve and challenge as we build trees, bridges, become animals, statues and show our balance and respect for all things.

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THE PENNY DROPPED IN MY THIRD YEAR

WHAT DOES AN OT ACTUALLY DO?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

University was an easy flow on from high school for me. It was simple to slip into the study routine as this was all I had known – there was no gap year for me! However, I remember thinking that this isn’t just something I need to learn for an exam; it’s something I will need to apply for the rest of my working life. I then began to learn with new meaning and focus.

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