Update: Lesley Parker in Tennessee is the winner! 🙂 Congratulations Lesley! I will pass on your information to the Magic Weighted Blanket people. 🙂
I was recently e-mailed by Keith, who told me about his magic weighted blanket company, saying “We’ve been in business since 1998. We first called our blanket the “Bean Blanket,” but people were assuming it was filled with beans. So we changed the name to The Magic Blanket, after one of our customers told us her daughter called it her “magic blanket.” We’ve recently created a new web site called www.magicweightedblanket.com“
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It's past midnight, I didn't hardly get any sleep last night thanks to advocate concerns. As I earlier mentioned on Facebook…I don't care if I am the most perfect person and OT in the ENTIRE WORLD….if an intimidating educational advocate gets on board, I'm going to doubt myself. I could have written a fifty thousand page book on X, but if the advocate questions me I, inside of my head I am like WHAT IS X I FORGET AUGHHHHHHHHH and then I tear out my hair and run screaming from the room. 🙂 Just kidding. But seriously. Wow. I understand why parents hire educational advocates, but some feel like a great part of the team while others seem to exist solely for torture. Parents…if you're in a reasonably good district with good workers and a good reputation and you want an advocate….PLEASE consider hiring someone who is known for their teamwork/collaborative process with the team. The vast majority of IEP teams have good intentions and want to help your child as much as you want your child helped. A good advocate aids this process of collaboration and recognizes a good team. I, of course, am biased, but I think my district does an amazing job. I have quite a few schools and I am impressed with each team, even though they all have different personality dynamics, so it's neat to see the interactions between teams, parents, advocates, students, etc. 🙂
can just hire my OT friend Bill for that because he loves stats!
I have so much I want to write about that I've been e-mailing myself lists of things I want to write about which doesn't even include the INCREDIBLY huge bag of blog stuff I have next to me. But alas, it's bedtime, so I will copy paste this status update I wrote on Facebook…
I've worked with children who flap their hands with excitement. Their joy is so great they can't contain themselves in those moments. Even when playing an iPad game where the game requires constant touch, those hands fly up on their own to flap in excitement. Those gestures “stand” out and label the child as different.
Playing on Pinterest tonight…..found this site with a really really cool sensory lab she did
“I'm feeling like a star, you can't stop my shine” – lyrics in Ridin' Solo.
So today I ran into a front-desk lady at one of my schools who has told me about her grandson at the end of last school year, and we had chatted about him. I don't remember how his name came up, but she was talking about how he didn't like to do all these things and she was pushing him to do them and couldn't understand why he fussed so much. I asked her some questions and he sounded like a TOTAL sensory kid, in the sense that he over-reacted to a lot of different sensory stimuli. Anyway, we talked about some tactics she could use to gently get him into trying more sensory experiences, and also recommended he did lots of swimming, etc.
getting stuff off my chest, I know much of it is repeated throughout the blog but clearly it’s the stuff I’m still heavily pondering. I still need to put aside a set time to blog. I was thinking about maybe designing certain days of the week blog days, certain days of the week writing days (not for blog), for a 30 minute session.
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