Criss Cross Applesauce

July 25, 2022

Rethinking expectations for seating and positioning to meet a child’s sensory needs and improve engagement.

Upstairs Brain

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...

The 8 Senses

May 8, 2022

We teach the five senses. Should we be teaching more?

Model of Childhood Engagement

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...