A Poem about Occupational Therapy

This is a beautiful poem shared by a client I had evaluated in Israel. She is currently being treated by an occupational therapist (OT) that I had the pleasure to meet and to train while I was providing workshops and courses. I am very delighted and proud of how this client is doing, how the techniques I taught in the workshops are benefitting both the OT and the client, and how family dynamic with the client has improved. I hope you enjoy reading this poem. Continue reading “A Poem about Occupational Therapy”

Tips & Strategies for a Good Night’s Sleep

Don’t you sometimes wish there was a switch to turn your brain off and you could instantly fall asleep? Or better yet, a switch on your child or spouse, too? Unfortunately, such switches don’t exist, but there are a few, just as simple alternatives to help you and your child fall asleep faster and have a deeper, more relaxing sleep. Continue reading “Tips & Strategies for a Good Night’s Sleep”

Setting Intentions When There’s Trouble Achieving Your Goals (Part 2)

When beginning something new, many individuals set goals for themselves regarding what they hope to accomplish. The goal could be to get promoted within a year by taking more initiative at work, striving to be a better mother by setting aside an hour for your children each day, or maybe losing 5 pounds by going to the gym at least three times per week. The core aspect of each of these goals is that there are steps being taken to actively achieve the goal. In my previous blog, “Setting Intentions When There’s Trouble Achieving Your Goals (Part 1)”, I explained what intentions are and differentiated a goal from an intention in that an intention is taking a statement and framing it in the positive and repeating it daily until it becomes reality. In this blog, you will learn how to set your own intentions. Continue reading “Setting Intentions When There’s Trouble Achieving Your Goals (Part 2)”

Setting Intentions When There’s Trouble Achieving Your Goals (Part 1)

Often in therapy sessions, yoga classes, and meditation workshops, the therapist or teacher has everyone set a goal for themselves. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a goal as “The end toward which effort is directed.” You work hard to achieve that goal, whether it is to decrease reactivity or eat healthy. You take concrete steps to achieve it such as buying more vegetables and proteins to fill the fridge or setting yourself reminders. But you may also have trouble setting or even achieving your goals. Continue reading “Setting Intentions When There’s Trouble Achieving Your Goals (Part 1)”

Autism Blog Series 2: Activities and Tools in the Classroom

As some children develop and learn new skills, there can be challenges along the way. Children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may especially face some of these challenges within the classroom environment. However, there are a few strategies that can be utilized in the classroom to help make these children feel more grounded and secure. This in turn may decrease stimming, reduce their anxiety, and increase their ability to focus on what is happening around them. Continue reading “Autism Blog Series 2: Activities and Tools in the Classroom”

Autism Blog Series 1: What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a wide range of conditions characterized by difficulties with verbal and nonverbal communication, socialization, and other repetitive behaviors. The disorder is referred to as a “spectrum” because no two children with ASD are alike. Moreover, it manifests differently in every child, which highlights the individual’s unique strengths and challenges. Continue reading “Autism Blog Series 1: What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?”

The Heart of a Young Woman with Sensory Processing Disorder

The poem below was written by a dear client who is 21 years old. She wrote it about a year ago and wanted to express her feelings of what it is like experiencing life with sensory processing disorder. This client is very sensitive to sounds and certain foods, which is what I described as the “Princess and the Pea” in my book, The Parent-Child Dance. Her sensitivity to sounds and foods heavily affects her ability to work and participate in family and social functions. She recently gave me permission to post this written work, and I wanted to share it so that those who can relate to the feelings expressed in this poem can feel a sense of validation. In addition, I hope it will provide insight into how people with sensory processing disorder feel and experience life so that those who do not experience this disorder may understand. Continue reading “The Heart of a Young Woman with Sensory Processing Disorder”

Snapshot of “Breakfast for Families” Event

The following video is a brief snapshot of the event “Breakfast for Families” presented at Kean University for caregivers and family members of individuals with autism. I was presented this wonderful opportunity to be a key note speaker at this event. I spoke about my family history, background knowledge, and experiences with children and adults with developmental delays and disabilities as well as their caregivers. Throughout my experiences, I’ve noticed that caregivers often experience exhaustion and overwhelming feelings as they juggle with responsibilities of handling a child with special needs. To help alleviate some of that stress, I offered them strategies, tips, and techniques in order to take care of themselves, feel happier, and enjoy their relationship with their autistic child. Continue reading “Snapshot of “Breakfast for Families” Event”

Juggling Parenthood

For the first half of this past summer, I chose to do Mommy Camp which is an alternative option for summer camps and is done at home by mom. Even though I work throughout the year, I made sure to adjust my schedule so that I could spend time with my children. However, juggling my children (who I love) and work (which I also love) is just that: a juggling act. So, with a long list of things I have to do which include (but are not limited to) taking care of the kids, handling a business and caseloads, taking care of myself, making dinner, cleaning up, and attending to a parent or sibling in need…how was I to handle this juggling act? Continue reading “Juggling Parenthood”