That's a tough pill to swallow...literally!
On this Throw Back Thursday (TBT) I thought I would share something I wrote last year and share with our newsletter subscribers:
Getting your Child to Take a PillEvery day we receive calls and emails from parents just like you who need a little support to help their child succeed to their fullest potential. We recently recieved a question that I think many families can relate to... Getting your child to take a pill. Whether it is a vitamin, an allergy medication, a medication to manage their behaviors or any pill, this can be a tricky situation to deal with!
I wanted to pass onto you all the tips and suggestions that I shared with this family:
On February 11th we held an open house event to celebrate our recent expansion. For months now we have been looking all over Almaden (and beyond) to find a larger space in order to be able to serve more clients. After a long and unsuccessful search space became available within our current complex!! So, over the holidays we were busy securing a lease and completely remodeling our expanded space.
At our open house we hosted a mix of family, friends, and clients sharing with them all of our hard work and excitement. There were special events scattered throughout the day including open gym time, fine motor/art stations, therapist meet and greets, educational talk on the importance of self care for parents by Shannon Feldman MS, LMFT, an interactive dance party hosted by MAGIC Dance Arts, a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring District 10 Councilmember Johnny Khamis and more!
We were blown away by the outpouring of support from everyone! Thank you!
Parents are always asking us for product recommendations to help make life easier at home or to help their children learn and develop. Here is our first edition of OT Product Recommendations. We will be featuring a great book and a must have tool for managing behavior and making life easier (for you and your child).
You are a Social Detective
Authors: Michelle Garcia Winner,Pamela Crooke, PhD
We are all “Social Thinkers,” on a daily basis, when interacting with the people around us. As good Social Thinkers, we are aware that we have thoughts about the people around us and that they have thoughts about us and the way we behave. We are also “Social Detectives” who are constantly listening, looking, thinking, and doing things in our environments. You are a Social Detective: Explaining Social Thinking to Kids encourages kids to act as Social Detectives, considering the environment and thinking about their own thoughts before choosing how to act. This comic book provides a wonderful visual explanation of how we can be good Social Detectives who can determine what are expected and unexpected behaviors in various situations. Great illustrations in this book help depict the concepts and provide a useful tool to explain Social Thinking to a child.
If I was stranded on an island and could only bring 5 items to do therapy with what would I bring? Definately a Time Timer! This is a must have item in my "therapy tool kit." If I am ever doing therapy outside of the clinic this is one of the items that I am sure to grab.
Many of the children I work with have a lot of difficulty with transitions. Some struggle to stop an activity and move to something new and others struggle with not constantly moving from activity to activity. Many children struggle with both! Using a Time Timer provides a clear visual reminder of when a child will have to stop the activity and move on or it will help a child see how long they must remain focused on the task at hand. I find that the Time Timer makes it so I am not making the child stop, start or continue doing something that they may not want to. The timer now is the dictator. Most children are rule followers and they understand the concept of rules. The rule is very black and white (well, actually red and white)..."when the red goes away we ________."
I highly recommend making the investment in a Time Timer. Also, did you know there is a Time Timer App!
What do you like best about the Time Timer? What are you favorite strategies for helping your child manage their time?