Whether 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.
As 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.
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.
It 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.
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.