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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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What the Puzzle Panel teaches me about proximal and distal goals

Mary Read from Take Part Occupational Therapy Ltd offers some handy learning tips for therapists becoming familiar with Sensory Integration Theory. She highlights these tips using a piece of Southpaw equipment to help meet your client’s needs.

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‘It’s so hot I’m melting down here’ by Dominic Simpson, Jigsaw Occupational Therapy

Logo Background No TaglineSo the weather man reports that it’s going be 33 degrees tomorrow. Yikes. You’re already going through a bottle of suncream lotion a day. You can’t sleep at night unless you literally lie on top of a fan. Children are coming into your room at night complaining about the heat. A hosepipe ban is surely imminent. It’s super, mega, scorching UK summer time!

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Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer by Vanessa Southgate, Jigsaw OT

Logo Background No TaglineA few weeks ago, I was very fortunate to be able to attend the first world OT conference in Cape Town, South Africa. We were gathered at the southern tip of Africa because of the life and work of Dr Jean Ayres. Her incredible work has been continued through the efforts of her passionate and dedicated scholars such as Susanne Roley-Smith, Zoe Mailloux and Diane Parham, who were the keynote speakers at the conference. 

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