July 25, 2022
Rethinking expectations for seating and positioning to meet a child’s sensory needs and improve engagement.
July 19, 2022
I first learned of the descriptors “the upstairs and downstairs brain” when I read the Whole-Brain Child (Siegel, Bryson, 2012). The premise is simple and brilliant. The downstairs of a traditional house is where all of our basic needs are met. There’s a bathroom, a kitchen and a living area. Similarly, the “downstairs brain” is responsible for basic functions like...
May 8, 2022
We teach the five senses. Should we be teaching more?
April 1, 2022
When we think about the greatest impacts of Disability and Neurodiversity on our capacity to do the things we need and want to do, the common denominators are environments, systems, education approaches, employment and social relationships that either don’t understand, care about, or cater to our needs. It’s not that we are inherently ‘wrong’, ‘lacking’ or ‘broken’, its that we...
March 25, 2022
What to do when your child “needs” that toy in the store or the snack from the vending machine? How to navigate your child interrupting you on the phone or in another conversation? and of course, changing the sensory channel when your child “isn’t listening”.
March 15, 2022
Advances in neurosience have taught us to move on from token boards. It’s a controlling, inauthentic intervention that teaches a child to ignore their body so they can get their reward. Some professionals like that control, so they will defend the use of them. They’ll argue that “working for” tokens is the same as working for a paycheck. It’s a...