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The Mama Bear Podcast is a place for women raising children with special needs to get together and chat about life. Mary Susan McConnell and her guests discuss the beautiful highs and the extreme lows that can come with parenting on such unique journeys. Conversations are fun, candid, and you may want headphones (adult language warning).
 
Occupational Therapy Insights is a show for parents, educational professionals, and occupational therapists, that delves into the world of occupational therapy. Here occupational therapy is broken down into its simplest form for all to understand. The show is hosted by Dr. Frederick Covington, an occupational therapy professor, author, award winning inventor, and occupational therapy private practice owner.
 
Your host, Kim, has a teenage daughter with severe autism and other special needs that will require 24/7 care the rest of her life. Like many parents, Kim has a lot of important questions. She does not claim to know the answers for her child nor yours but does promise to search for them and share what she is discovering along the way. The show runs topical series deep diving into an issue for 10-12 episodes with interviews from expert guests, including self advocates who she believes are the ...
 
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While nobody really wants to go to the dentist, there’s a big difference between a grumbling as you walk in for a cleaning and hiding under the dining room table when the word “fluoride” is uttered. This week, Dr. Kelly McConnell stops by to discuss her research on helping individuals with autism tolerate dental exams, including the do’s and do not…
 
As we perfect treatment methods within our occupational therapy realm, here is an interesting perspective of a burn patient. Is there any OT recommendations you would make? Is this person outside of the realm of occupational therapy, and would not require intervention? Are there any home or technology modifications you would recommend? Let’s see!…
 
What if I told you that the research community has discovered the single most potent predictor of mental and physical disease processes for all people and across the lifespan? In this article, I argue for the importance of operationalizing the variables related to self-regulation and co-regulation and that doing so is critically important to develo…
 
The Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) for cerebral palsy is based on self-initiated movement, with emphasis on sitting, transfers, and mobility. When defining a five-level classification system, our primary criterion has been that the distinctions between levels must be meaningful in daily life. Distinctions are based on functional…
 
For our first patrons-only book club, you voted on "Meaningful Differences" by Hart and Risley. And here it is: 2+ hours all about this classic, and sometimes controversial, book documenting Betty Hart and Todd Risley's longitudinal study exploring the home lives of 42 families to try to determine why some children develop more robust language than…
 
Each year, 600 thousand workers have to take time off due to RSI and motion related inquires to the hands and arms, according to statistics. Computer users for example spend most of their time repeating the same motion such as typing at the keyboard, maneuvering the mouse, and swiping on touchscreens. These seemingly innocent gestures when done tho…
 
Discover how Allison Cullen helps fellow mamas design a life of ease and authenticity by helping them align with their unique energy type. Find Allison's podcast, The Aligned Designs Podcast on iTunes (or click the link). Find Allison on instagram at: @aligned.designs The link for the chart mentioned in the show is HERE Find Mary Susan at: www.mary…
 
The FAST identifies factors that may influence problem behaviors. Use it only for screening as part of a comprehensive functional analysis of the behavior. Administer the FAST to several individuals who interact with the client frequently. Then use the results to guide direct observation in several different situations to verify suspected behaviora…
 
Diana was so amazed by a talk given by our special guests, Worner Leland and Barb Gross from Sex Ed Continuing Ed, that she emailed them immediately to join us on the show. We’re thankful that they agreed and spent an evening discussing the sexual wellbeing of individuals with developmental disabilities. We discuss the danger of seeing sexual behav…
 
Kim picked 5 episodes that have had the greatest influence on her approach to disability and future plans. Listen to this republished episode from season 2 where a new friendship was formed that has continued to present day. While not the topic of this episode, the conversation opened Kim’s eyes to a gaping hole in her circle of friends. **Special …
 
Self-awareness and insight are critical functions required to maintain safe and optimal participation in all daily life activities in a variety of environmental contexts. In the past two decades, occupational therapists have developed several psychometrically sound assessments designed to identify self-awareness and insight deficits in patients wit…
 
Today we’re sharing an important discussion about hidden disabilities with our guest Victoria Jenkins. She is a designer, garment technologist, and the creative director and founder of Unhidden Clothing. Martyn talks with her about the challenges of living with a disability that is not visually obvious as well as her work designing and altering clo…
 
This toolkit provides information about puberty, sex, and sexuality for autistic teens and adults. Sometimes autistic people and people with other developmental disabilities aren’t given the chance to learn about sex. But you have the same need and right to learn as everyone else! Learning about sex and sexuality is an important way to help you und…
 
Puberty can be a stressful and confusing time, especially for you and your son with an Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability (I/DD). In spite of delays in other areas, children with I/DD usually enter puberty around the same time as other children their age. Some boys with I/DD, including those with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, may start…
 
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