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Picky Eaters vs. Problem Feeders:
The S.O.S. Approach to Feeding
The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation is pleased to present
Kay A. Toomey, PhD, Pediatric Psychologist, teaching her internationally
renowned intervention for problem feeders with Erin Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP and
Bethany Kortsha, MA, OTR!
The Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) Approach to Feeding is a family-centered, transdisciplinary program for assessing and treating children with weight/growth problems from birth to 18 years. It integrates postural, sensory, motor, behavioral/ learning, medical and nutritional factors to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems.
LOCATION AND DATES:
March 6-9, 201
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, special education teachers, psychologists, physical therapists, early intervention specialists, nurses, physicians, registered dietitians, nutritionists, and mental health professionals.
We hope you all had a safe and joyful holiday season. We are looking forward to a sensational New Year filled with hope!Welcoming New Hires!We are thrilled to announce Stephanie Capshaw as our new Education Manager/Senior Clinician!
Stephanie Capshaw, OTD, OTR will be developing and implementing the overall education plan for the Foundation as well as developing new content for our current programs to expand our offerings. She will also be a part of the STAR team of occupational therapists, evaluating and treating clients.
Stephanie comes to us from the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) where she was the Program Director of the Occupational Therapy Program and Clinical Associate Professor. Additionally during her time at UTEP, she taught courses in pediatric occupational therapy and served as the program’s Academic Fieldwork Coordinator.
For over 14 years Stephanie has been a pediatric occupational therapist, providing services in the public school systems, and pediatric inpatient and outpatient settings. She holds specialty certificates in School-based Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration, and Handwriting. Her research interests include pediatric occupational therapy, international adoption health, and sensory integration. We are delighted to have her join our team.
Welcome back Karin Buitendag, Occupational Therapy Supervisor at STAR Center.
Karin Buitendag, OTR, comes to us from South Africa. She was with us over one year ago before returning to South Africa for family reasons. Now, Karin has just moved back to the United States and we couldn’t be happier to be welcoming her back to our team. Those who have had Karin as their child’s therapist know her to be of the highest caliber. That is one of the reasons our team of therapists welcome her back as the department’s supervisor. She is also a great mentor and has great experience in providing sensory therapy to children from various backgrounds and with a variety of needs like Sensory Processing Disorder, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, ADD/ADHD, Learning Disabilities and general developmental delays. She is certified to administer the SIPT, is certified in Neuro-Developmental Therapy techniques and is trained in Therapeutic Listening. Welcome back, Karin!
Begin the New Year With Education
Clinical Reasoning in Intervention
This five-day program, headed by Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR and Sarah A. Schoen, PhD, OTR is a must-have for pediatric OTs wanting to learn the STAR Center Treatment Model, which focuses on intensive, short-term treatment along with family participation and parents-only educational sessions.The Intensive Mentorship Program is a small group setting where participants learn to apply clinical reasoning through live treatment observations, lectures, and analyses with experienced STAR Center therapists.Register before February 1 to receive 2013 pricing. Tuition will be increasing on February 1 to $1,595.
Details and registration here… http://www.spdfoundation.net/mentorships.html
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Save the Date for Our Banquet of Champions!
Banquet of Champions March 14, 2014
This evening of entertainment and activities will honor champions in three categories: Champion of Inspiration, Champion of Passion, and Champion of Partnership. With lots of surprises in store for this evening, we are still in need of volunteers to help on our planning committees.
Planning committees consist of:
* Table Captains/Auction Donations/Sponsors
If you are able to help in any capacity please contact Jodi Kinnen at firstname.lastname@example.org
T’was the Night Before an SPD Christmas
By Patty Porch (with her husband) and Hartley Steiner
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The snack packs, arranged on the counter with care,
In hopes, on our journey we’d be well prepared.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Chex Mix danced in their heads;
Ma in her hoodie, and I in my sweats,
were to put away pillows and therapy nets.
When in the back room there arose such a clatter,
I ran at full sprint to see what was the matter.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a puzzled old man buried up to his ears,
(in scooter boards, swings, and small colored spheres.)
Poor devil had brushed ‘gainst our therapy stash,
When it came down around him it made such a crash!
that I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
“What is all this stuff that you people collect?
Are you Circus performers?”–the old man interjects—
“I came here with toys, for the boys and your girl
But looking around I think ‘what in the world?’
This room that would normally have children’s stuff
Is packed to the gills with equipment enough
To start your own CIA torturing session!
Tell me I’m wrong and you’re not!” (oh good heavens!)
My wife and I snickered and held out our hands,
And reassured Nick we’d had no evil plans.
“Our kids have a condition; they have a hard time—
They yell when it smells and they climb up the blinds.
But eventually found an OT who could speak
To their curious quirks and aversion to crowds
And toothpaste and barbers and things that are loud.”
St. Nick answered back, “So, then they misbehave?”
We answered with, “Actually, no, they’re really quite brave.
Kids with SPD deal with all kinds of things,
Like big hugs, itchy tags, and loud alarm rings,
or can’t get enough and spend hours on swings.
You see, our children are sensitive to all that life brings.
Yet do very well with a consistent routine.
But it isn’t bad behavior you see when they yell,
but rather a problem that is hard to tell.
Our kids work hard, at therapy and play
Sending hours and hours and hours each day
Trying to find ways to control their bodies,
and working hard not to look naughty.
But what they need is understanding, and some help along the way,
Because our kids amaze us, each and every day.”
small children with parents who did what we dared.
To seek out help, and look far and wide,
turning over each rock, letting nothing hide.
Until we found what they needed, what would make them feel whole,
For families like ours St. Nick couldn’t leave coal.
So, Nick with the bundle of toys on his back,
Frowned and thought, then sullenly sat,
(and mumbled to himself which took us aback):
“I’m quite at a loss, I don’t know what to give
To children who struggle while trying to live
In a world that is already noisy and bumpy
And twisty and scary and thorny and jumpy—”
While he tugged at his beard, and scratched at his nose
(And he huffed and he chuffed and he shifted his clothes)
Then with a wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
he drew the sack wide till the seams popped some threads,
dug in his hand and pulled out a small box
(with very small writing) –but before he could talk
He ungloved his hand to wipe soot from his eye
(Or was it a tear? Or perhaps a sty?)
So he bid us farewell, and went back to his work,
He filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
While giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.
I said to Ma, as she turned towards the tree,
“Who knows what St. Nick left us, we’ll have to see.
Yet we gave him something great, I say with fairness,
we sent him on his way with a new found Awareness.”
Which is a gift to our kids, in a different kind of way,
Because when all understand SPD, that will be a new day!
Now we looked o’er the copious gifts left behind,
The tiny collages of paper and twine,
The moon-sparkled ribbons, the plastic that shined,
We spied the small box for the children to find.
“The best gifts can be pretty small–” Ma started then said,
“But our best gifts of all are still snuggled in bed.”
This Holiday season, you SPD Fathers and Mothers,
You cousins and nephews and sisters and brothers,
When you wake in the morning and throw off the covers
(And tear into presents while everyone hovers)
Do you think ‘Will I get what I wanted this year?’
Or realize ‘all that you need is right here!’
You might think it’s corny, but surely remember
your children are better than any gift in December.
And in case you were wondering what Santa had stashed,
It may not surprise you, it might make you laugh,
“What did the children receive?” you may ask?
Well when the snowy chips are down…
…even Santa gives cash.
Merry Christmas to all and to all
a SENSATIONAL night!
Hartley Steiner lives in the Seattle area with her husband and their three sons, two of which are on the spectrum. Hartley is the award winning author of the SPD Children’s book This is Gabriel Making Sense of School, a contributing writer for the SPD Foundation’s blog, S.I. Focus Magazine and Autism Spectrum Quarterly. Hartley chronicles the never ending chaos that is her life on the blog Hartley’s Life With 3 Boys. When she isn’t writing, or dealing with a meltdown, she enjoys spending time in the company of other adults preferably with good food and even better wine.
Patty Porch is from Central Illinois and is the mom of three crazy kids, two of whom have Sensory Processing Disorder. Her oldest son also has high functioning autism. A former English teacher, Patty currently stays home with the kids and blogs at Pancakes Gone Awry. Her other interests include baking (which her kids wholeheartedly support), reading (kids: not so supportive, unless constant interruptions count as support) and exercising.