Monthly Archives: January 2016

Sensory considerations with handwriting

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Sensory considerations and handwriting difficulties are topics that are discussed often in schools.  These areas are often on the top of teacher’s lists when they refer to Occupational Therapy.  Here is a great article and information that could be very helpful to many. 

http://www.sugaraunts.com/2016/01/sensory-processing-and-handwriting-for-kids.html

 

Start where you are!

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I guess it’s just important to start…… right?  Taking the first step is so important.  If I am going to work on that word I have chosen for 2016 which is CHANGE, I need to start right here, right now and think about the plan and course of action I want to take.

This picture came from the coloring book that I am enjoying. I am really finding pleasure in  the coloring that I have done…… it is so calming, stimulating to my brain, allowing the creative side to come out and thought provoking.  On the back of the coloring page is a saying that has been chosen to go along with the coloring page.

You are confined only by the walls that you build yourself ~ Unknown

I find this is SO true.   Whether it’s change in healthy choices, being more organized,  trying something new…….I am only confined by ME holding ME back.

As a Brain Gym Instructor, I have completed balances to help me focus my attention to the task at hand, completed Tapping to help support my well-being, used music and movement to help with supporting my sensory needs, and…… just taking some quiet time for myself.  All to help myself say YES to CHANGE.

So, each day I am going to start right where I am and move forward. I need to remember that I have many “tools” in my “toolbox of supports”.  Looking forward to continuing to work on CHANGE.

 

 

 

CHANGE ~is the word of 2016 for ME

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Many folks pick a word for the year.  I am inspired by family and friends who choose  a word for the year. I thought I would give it a try this year.   First it was going to be transition…… then love…… and maybe happiness……. but they just didn’t feel right.  Then, of course when in the shower (where I seem to think clearly)….I thought about “change”.

For me, to get to happiness, to be able to transition, and feel love….I NEED to change.

Change maybe in the way I think, feel and act.  Some small changes and maybe some big changes.  I don’t know…… that’s why I think this is a good word for me……

Change defined in the Webster’s Dictionary:

The act, process or result of changing: as an alteration, transformation or substitution.

I had started this blog a few years ago….. didn’t really know what path it would take.  I haven’t used the site that much…..a few times when I feel something to write about, share etc.  But, I really want it to be more. CHANGE…. be more Happy and Healthy but with others = Together.

When I think about recent times….. there has already been much change.  In November my mom passed away, December with the holiday was the first time my oldest son did not come home for Christmas…… and now next weekend, we will be moving the youngest to Bowling Green so he can start a new chapter in his life.  He will be giving the college life another try. He is much more focused and has a greater understanding of what he want to do in his life.

Many of my friends have included me in challenges for health…… who can put in the most steps during certain periods of time.  I try my best…. hoping to meet my 10,000 steps each day.  Eating healthier is always a challenge.  Maybe 2016 will help me change those eating habits.  Never sure which “eating plan” is best.  I hope to find the one that works the best for “ME”.

In the work area…..I hope to challenge myself more…. looking into different avenues to use my Occupational Therapy talents.  I have found a real passion in using art as a form of therapeutic strategy… but I also find it very calming, intriguing, thought provoking, allowing creative energy to flow and just plain old ordinary FUN!!

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As Eleanor Roosevelt said ~

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”

I encourage ALL of us to change something in our lives to become more HAPPY AND HEALTHY!  We CAN do this TOGETHER. 

Welcome to 2016