In recent years, a positive shift has occurred from the therapist being the expert and “prescriber” to a more collaborative approach. Caregivers and therapists are working together to ensure the child is engaging in meaningful activities that are relevant to the child and family’s routines and priorities.
The shift to a therapeutic partnership acknowledges that each member of the child’s team has expertise to share. Additionally, the teaming process allows for improved caregiver engagement, inclusion of family values and perspectives, joint problem solving, and on-going reflection to ensure progress.
Recent research studies consider collaboration of caregiver and therapist as best practice with improved therapeutic outcomes documented.
Ways to improve collaboration with your child’s therapist:
- ask questions
- give frequent updates
- attend child’s appointments consistently
- follow-through with joint plan
- provide feedback on whats working or not working
- provide details, no matter how big or small
- share concerns and priorities for your child
Integration Station, located in the University area of North Charlotte, would like to announce the addition of therapists Ashley Stevens and Alexa Hughes. Ashley and Alexa are a great addition to the already dynamic and sought-after team of therapists specializing in child occupational therapy services at Integration Station. Welcome Ashley and Alexa!
Charlotte Parent magazine recently published the 2014 Mom Approved Docs for the Charlotte area as nominated by parents. Integration Station is excited to announce the inclusion of director and therapist Nicole Cyphert as the only occupational therapist recommended in this years edition. To read comments made by parents in recognition of Nicole’s dedication to the children and families of Integration Station go to Charlotte Parent Mom Approved Docs 2014.
Sensational Summer Camps at Integration Station provide children with the opportunity to learn through fun, multi-sensory experiences under the guidance of pediatric occupational therapy practitioners.
Through the use of the Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum, children will enhance letter recognition, letter formation, and improve fine motor abilities to support successful writing.
Our camps are designed for Rising Kindergarteners, First and Second graders who are struggling with handwriting or just need that extra boost to set them soaring from A to Z.
Learning Letters the “Write” Way- July 21st -August 1st
Children will learn to form their uppercase letters and their name. Recommended for most 4-5 year olds.
Diving into Lowercase Letters- August 4th-August 15th
Children will review accurate formation for uppercase letters, learn to form lowercase letters and properly form their name. Recommended for most 6-7 year olds.
Cost: $225 for 2 weeks including supplies
Monday-Friday, 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm
A $50 non-refundable deposit is required at registration. All fees are due prior to the first date of class.
Control and Choices can promote calmness in a changing environment i.e. allowing your child to help rearrange furniture to place the Christmas tree, pick out holiday decorations, and holiday songs.
Decrease sensory information. Flashing lights maybe to over-stimulating for your child. White lights are a less distracting alternative.
Quiet spots and breaks can help your child calm when visiting friends and family or when family visits. After your child has had a break, encourage your child to rejoin with friends and family. Include pillows, fidget toys, and books in the quiet spot and practice going to the quiet spot to ensure the child this is a safe place.
Develop a plan. Providing predictability and preparing for the holiday changes prior to the event can be helpful! Going over the schedule for the following day at nighttime can add structure to the holidays. Simple, practiced plans are the best plans!
Routines are important to maintain over the holidays.
Environment: When decorating for the holidays try to respect the child’s favorite space or toy and see if the Christmas decorations impede their view of their favorite space or toy.
Sleep: Changes in routine can affect sleep patterns. Try to maintain sleep schedules over the busy holidays.
Food Routines: Incorporate familiar foods with holiday meals.
There are no bizarre behaviors- more accurately, there are human responses that are not fully understood or appreciated. – Carol Gray, 1997
Spread the Word about Sensory Processing Disorder!
Sensory Integration, is a term that refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. Whether you are riding a bike, eating an apple, spending time outside, or reading a book, the activity requires successful processing of sensation or “Sensory Integration.”
Sensory Processing Disorder is a complex neurological disorder that impacts a growing number of individuals. When sensations are not registered, processed or interpreted with accuracy, the response may not be appropriate for the situation/event. For example; an individual places their hand on a hot burner and leaves it there for several seconds before realizing their hand is hot, due to poor sensory integration they incur a severe burn to the hand.
There are several indicators that an individual may be struggling with Sensory Processing Disorder, and if you feel you or your child may be impacted by difficulties with Sensory Integration consult with a sensory-trained Occupational Therapist.