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Making Sense Season 1 is Dedicated to Janet Wright

Making Sense Season 1 is Dedicated to Janet Wright

February 12, 2021

This Making Sense podcast season is dedicated to the memory of Janet Wright. Who was Janet you ask? Janet was an incredibly enthusiastic occupational therapist who loved what she did. More importantly, she was always striving to further her education and was passionate about bringing that knowledge to her patients, parents, peers, and most especially OT students.

STAR Institute is a 501(c)3 organization, for more information and to donate please visit www.sensoryhealth.org.

Introducing Making Sense, a STAR Institute Podcast

Introducing Making Sense, a STAR Institute Podcast

February 12, 2021

Executive Director Virginia Spielmann and Carrie Schmitt introduce the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing’s podcast and discuss how a podcast is a wonderful medium to further the vision and mission of STAR Institute. In addition, they discuss the cornerstones of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (OTPF-4) highlighting the OT’s unique ability to integrate macro and micro viewpoints into our practice. Listen in and hear how we plan to use this season of the podcast to share research to practice translation through our unique perspective on sensory integration, relationship, and regulation. 

STAR Institute is a 501(c)3 organization, for more information and to donate please visit www.sensoryhealth.org.

 

Resources:

  • American Occupational Therapy Association. (2020). Occupational therapy practice framework: Domain and process (4th ed.). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74(Suppl. 2), 7412410010. https://doi. org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S2001
  • Appiah, K. A. (2011). The honor code: How moral revolutions happen. Norton & Company.
  • Morris, Z. S., Wooding, S., & Grant, J. (2011). The answer is 17 years, what is the question: understanding time lags in translational research. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 104(12), 510–520. https://doi.org/10.1258/jrsm.2011.110180
  • O'Rourke, P. (2011). The significance of reflective supervision for infant mental health work. Infant Mental Health Journal, 32(2), 165-173.

STAR Institute. (n.d.). Vision, Mission, & History. https://www.sensoryhealth.org/basic/vision-mission-history

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Exploring the Connection Between Sensation and Emotion Through the Therapeutic Medium of PLAY

Exploring the Connection Between Sensation and Emotion Through the Therapeutic Medium of PLAY

February 12, 2021

In pediatric occupational therapy, play is often used as a therapeutic medium. Today Carrie Schmitt and Michele Parkins discuss how the ways in which we play can include emotion regulation alongside sensory motor regulation. They explore the concept of psychosensory experiences tying in temperament as it manifests in play and how this guides therapeutic play aligning with sensory modulation, discrimination and sensory motor development.


Resources
Mentioned in this episode:​

  • Foley, G. (2017). Play as regulation: Promoting self-regulation through play. Top Language Disorders 37(3), 241-258. doi:10.1097/TLD0000000000000129
  • Miller, Lucy Jane, Anzalone, Marie E, Lane, Shelly J, Cermak, Sharon A, & Osten, Elizabeth T. (2007). Concept evolution in sensory integration: A proposed nosology for diagnosis. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61(2), 135-140.

Find Michele Parkins’ new webinar HERE

How Challenges With Sensory Processing and Integration Impact Students’ Learning and What We Can Do About It

How Challenges With Sensory Processing and Integration Impact Students’ Learning and What We Can Do About It

March 3, 2021

Sensory differences have a profound impact on learning. Colleen Whiting is our faculty specialist on school-based practice. Today, Carrie Schmitt and Colleen Whiting discuss an article highlighting a study aimed at capturing parent and teacher perspectives on how sensory differences affect learning and life at school. This conversation covers topics such as the current day impact of distance learning, sensory profiles mismatches, sense of agency, and what specific strategies work to support students with sensory differences. Parents and school-based therapists alike will benefit from this discussion. 

Resources Mentioned In this episode:​

  • Bialer, D., & Miller, L.J. (2011). No longer A SECRET: Unique common strategies for children with sensory or motor challenges. Sensory World. 
  • Jones, E.K., Hanley, M., & Riby, D.M. (2020). Distraction, distress and diversity: Exploring the impact of sensory processing differences on learning and school life for pupils with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 72, 101515.
  • Miller-Kuhaneck, H. & Kelleher, J. (2018). The classroom sensory environment assessment as an educational tool for teachers. Journal of Occupational Therapy Schools & Early Intervention. 10.1080/19411243.2018.1432442.
  • Miller, Lucy Jane, Anzalone, Marie E, Lane, Shelly J, Cermak, Sharon A, & Osten, Elizabeth T. (2007). Concept evolution in sensory integration: A proposed nosology for diagnosis. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 61(2), 135-140.
  • Piller, A., & Pfeiffer, B. (2016). The sensory environment and participation of preschool children with autism Spectrum disorder. OTJR Occupation Participation Health, 36(3), 103–111.
  • Short Child Occupational Profile (SCOPE): https://www.moho.uic.edu/productDetails.aspx?aid=9 

 

Find more about the school-based course Colleen Whiting designed at https://www.sensoryhealth.org/basic/school-based-intensive-for-occupational-therapy-practitioners

Motor Development and Psychological Development are Dynamically Intertwined in Early Childhood

Motor Development and Psychological Development are Dynamically Intertwined in Early Childhood

March 17, 2021

Motor development is essentially psychological. In this conversation, Carrie Schmitt, OTR/L and Renee Allen, MS, OTR/L discuss the idea that motor development informed by sensation allows us to act on the world in the context of culture and relationship and ultimately enables skill acquisition across both motor and psychological milestones. Using clinical examples, they unpack what motor development challenges can tell us about a child’s sensory and psychological development.

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:​

  • Adolph, Karen E, & Hoch, Justine E. (2019). Motor Development: Embodied, Embedded, Enculturated, and Enabling. Annual Review of Psychology, 70(1), 141-164.
  • Bialer, D., & Miller, L.J. (2011). No longer A SECRET: Unique common strategies for children with sensory or motor challenges. Sensory World.
Vestibular Sensory Processing Contributes to Sense of Self/Embodiment

Vestibular Sensory Processing Contributes to Sense of Self/Embodiment

March 31, 2021

The vestibular system is critically involved in integrating sensory signals from inside our bodies (interoception) with sensory signals from outside ourselves (exteroception). There is a large body of work showing that our sense of self stems from multisensory integration. Today, guest Lisa Porter, PhD, OTD, OTR/Land Carrie Schmitt, OTR/L unravel the important role of the vestibular system in our sense of self. From the role, vestibular sensation plays in modulating sensory processing to vestibular sensations contribution to safety and perspective taking, listen to Lisa and Carrie discuss the impact of this important sensory system. 

 

Resources mentioned in this episode:​

 

Find Lisa Porter at https://sensorykidsot.com/

Making Sense Season 2 is Sponsored by Calm Strips

Making Sense Season 2 is Sponsored by Calm Strips

January 20, 2022

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Understanding the Profound Impact of Play through an Interpersonal Neurobiological Lens

Understanding the Profound Impact of Play through an Interpersonal Neurobiological Lens

January 20, 2022

Play is a child’s occupation and has a profound impact on attachment and neuro-development. Therapeutic and developmental experiences benefit from a deeper understanding of the importance and impact of play. Today, Carrie Schmitt and Mim Ochsenbein unpack The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Play by highlighting and defining Play, while considering both the impact of play on brain development and the way that play in the context of relationship is powerful for driving development. 

 

Resources Mentioned In this episode:​

  • Brown, S. L., & Vaughan, C. C. (2010). Play: How it shapes the brain, opens the imagination, and invigorates the soul. Avery.
  • De Waal, F (2019). Mama's last hug: Animal emotions and what they tell us about ourselves. W. W. Norton & Company.
  • Kestly, T. (2014). The interpersonal neurobiology of play : Brain-building interventions for emotional well-being (First ed., Norton series on interpersonal neurobiology). New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
  • Stephen Porges on Polyvagal Theory:  https://www.stephenporges.com/
  • Dan Siegel on Interpersonal Neurobiology: https://m.drdansiegel.com/about/interpersonal_neurobiology/
  • Yogman, M., Garner, A., Hutchinson, J., Hirsh-Pasek, K., & Golinkoff, R. M. (2018). The power of play: A pediatric role in enhancing development in young children. Pediatrics, 142(3). https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2018-2058

 

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The role of Pre-conscious Sensory Processing in Embodied Occupation

The role of Pre-conscious Sensory Processing in Embodied Occupation

February 9, 2022

Occupational therapists recognize the importance of occupation to well-being. This episode explores the essential contribution of sensation to the way occupation is expressed in humans. From socio-cultural experiences to sensory habits, listen as Drs. Bailliard and Schmitt explore occupation with a wide lens. 

Episode guest: Antoine Bailliard, Ph.D., OTR/L

Resources Mentioned In this episode:​

 

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5 Concrete Action Steps for Clinicians to Take in Response to Anti-black Racism in the Autism Clinical Pathway

5 Concrete Action Steps for Clinicians to Take in Response to Anti-black Racism in the Autism Clinical Pathway

February 23, 2022

The clinical pathway for Autism services is complex. Anti-black racism within that pathway is well-established in the literature.  This pervasive, systemic racism affects every step of the pathway from early caregiver concerns to accessing intervention.  This conversation begins with raising awareness around this issue and ends with five action steps clinicians can take to respond to the anti-black racism in the autism clinical pathway.

Episode guest: Aksheya Sridhar, M.A. and Diondra Straiton, M.A


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Evidentiary support for Occupational Therapy’s Role in Empowering the Occupation of Caregiver in those caring for Autistic Loved Ones

Evidentiary support for Occupational Therapy’s Role in Empowering the Occupation of Caregiver in those caring for Autistic Loved Ones

March 9, 2022

Evidence-based practice is vital to focus the OT lens and voice in the autism community.  Occupational therapists are in a position to recognize the importance of the occupation of caregiver and provide evidence-based support in intervention when working with all clients. Today, we focus this conversation on autism intervention science.  Listen as this conversation unpacks the value of research in guiding us towards essential ingredients in support of caregiver agency with a focus on the parent-child dyad.

 

Episode guest: Carrie Alvarado, Ph.D., OTR

 

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The Shift to Neurodiversity-affirming Psychological Assessment

The Shift to Neurodiversity-affirming Psychological Assessment

March 23, 2022

The concept of neurodiversity is credited to a sociologist named Judy Singer. Neurodiversity recognizes and pays respect to the diversity of human minds, and the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species (Walker, 2014). Today, listen in as two clinical psychologists, Dr. Courtney McDonnell and Dr. Jared Kilmer, discuss what a neurodiversity affirming assessment pathway could look like.

 

Episode guests: Courtney McDonnell, Psy.D. & Jared Kilmer, PhD

 

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