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The Lighthouse Bulb Family by Dominic Simpson, Jigsaw Occupational Therapy

Jigsaw Logo BackgroundFinding even a tenuous link between a lighthouse bulb factory and a Sensory Integration therapy centre is pretty much impossible but these two industries are forever now linked with Jigsaw OT! Our long search to find a new home for our therapy centre came to end when we found a space previously used to store huge, six feet tall lighthouse bulbs! As you can imagine a sizeable space was required to house the gigantic bulbs but luckily for us either the market for lighthouse bulbs has been hit by the impending brexit concerns (maybe lighthouses will become redundant as no other countrieswill be able to visit us?!) or maybe the lighthouse bulb industry is highly competitive and Lighthouse Bulbs ‘R’ Us beat the previous occupiers into submission. Either way, the space was perfect for our plans and free for us to jump into!

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Vendredi Noir avant Joyeux Noel by Mademoiselle Carla Lauren, Jigsaw OT

Logo Background No TaglineWhether you wallow in the warm satisfaction of wrapping your Christmas presents before the sparklers have even sizzled out for bonfire night, or thrill in the buzz of a last minute dash round the shops on Christmas Eve, there is no getting away from it. With the nights drawing in, festive season is looming, for those with super senses this can be an overwhelming time of year.

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Mango Trees and Ball Pits! By Vicky Ruffle, Jigsaw Occupational Therapy

Logo Background No TaglineAs I step off the aeroplane the intense humidity hits me, the noisy bustling airport enlightens my senses after a long eight hours flight filled with anticipation and excitement (and a little snooze following a couple of G&T’s!).  This is my first trip to Saint Lucia and no, I’m not on a honeymoon!  This is Saint Lucia with a difference, the real Saint Lucia!  I’m here to volunteer for a week, using my OT skills at the Islands only Child Development Centre. 

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Interoception: Improving your internal body awareness. By Kellie Jennings, Jigsaw Occupational Therapy

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Your stomach is grumbling, your mouth is dry, your heart is racing, you’re sweating hot. This is your internal system communicating to your brain that you are hungry, thirsty, nervous and too hot. Your interoceptive system is working to send messages to your brain about how your body is feeling and what it needs from inside, also known as your internal body awareness. 

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Summer Days Drifting Away by Dominic Simpson, Jigsaw Occupational Therapy

Logo Background No TaglineIt seems you should be careful what you wish as since my last article on how I was rapidly melting in the UK summer heatwave the temperature has coincidently dropped. And , as John Travolta sung in Grease (i’m honestly not a fan of the film, it just works for the purposes of this blog!) the summer days are slowly drifting away and we are now approaching the tail end of the summer holidays. So thoughts naturally begin to turn to returning to school and all of the organisation and preparation that process entails. We’ve waxed lyrical on returning to school a number of times and there is probably a plethora of other blogs with advice so I don’t feel we need another today. So a slightly different topic has been chosen discussing home educating a child with special needs as it was recently reported that the number of children being homeschooled in the UK has risen by approximately 40% over the past three years.

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