Integrated Listening System’s Safe and Sound Program (SSP) Results from April 2018

Melville Occupational Therapy and Extra Lesson put 8 children through the Integrated Listening System’s Safe and Sound Program in April 2018. This program delivers filtered music through air conduction headphones using only vocal music. The focus of this program is on the middle frequencies which in turn supports language, emotional regulation and anxiety. The parents filled in the Measure of Foundations of Abilities questionnaire before and after the program and each parent was interviewed afterwards. Results are Summarized Below Only two questionnaires could be used due to missing data. Of these one reflected no change and the other demonstrated changes in Social Emotional and Organization/Attention by 41 and 4 percent respectively. This client had already been using the iLs home program. Of the interviews (7), the following observations and comments were recorded: “We connected this holidays more than we have before” Using more language than before without echolalia Communicating his needs with more joining words. (eg “Milk, cup, Mummy please”) Sleeping better (2 children) Showing empathy (eg cried during the sad piece of the movie) Reacting appropriately to his mother’s emotions Laughing appropriately with a funny story (Green Eggs and Ham) Reduction in anxiety and emotional fragility noted (2 children) also noticed by the teacher. Listening to reason when he is upset and then emotionally regrouping. Demonstrating more affection towards his mother (hugging her differently) Handling change better More chatty, less reserved. Able to tolerate the noise of the building going on next door to home. Got on better as siblings than was normal Not annoyed by things that normally would annoy him. Unusual vocalizations had settled to being...

NDIS

  As clients you would be aware that Western Australia is transitioning its disability services from WA NDIS under the Disability Services to NDIS. Existing WA NDIS clients are transferring over in an area rollout. Eligible clients will need to call NDIS or go through the NDIS web site under http://ndis.gov.au/people-with-disability/accessing-the-ndis  . Alternatively, if you are an existing client you can go through your LC. There is a tentative rollout timetable on the Disability Services Commission web site. Further to this, if your child is between 0 to 6 and has a disability you can access NDIS services for Early Childhood Early Intervention. At this stage there appears to be only one contact office for this which is Midland. Once again we will need to wait and see how this service unfolds. The assumption is that there won’t be a gap in services and you will continue to be looked after by your existing services whether it be WA NDIS, HACWA or Better Start or DSC. Meanwhile, our advice is to look up the website and ready yourself for the steps to take for when NDIS is rolled out in your area. The advice pared down is: Ready yourself with your child’s personal details, their current support details, how you manage your child’s every day activities and note any safety considerations. Ready yourself with reports to validate the disability (see website for details eg permanent impairment that impacts on daily functioning). These reports can be from your GP, your specialist, or your Allied Health Professional (OT, Speech Pathologist, Physiotherapist or Psychologist) Plan your goals for your child to facilitate...

Parent Development Evening-The Zones of Regulation for Emotional Control

  Want to help your child stay in the zone? The Zones of Regulation is a cognitive behaviour approach to teach children how to regulate and better control their emotions through movement, sensory and cognitive strategies. Using a visual framework that categorises feelings and bodily signals into four coloured ‘zones’, children are taught to develop self-monitoring skills and their own tool kit of practical strategies that can be used at home and school to support optimal participation, engagement and wellbeing. When: Monday 19th March 2018 Time: 6.45pm for a 7.00pm Start Where: 9 Hulme Court Myaree WA 6154 Tea and light refreshments provided Cost: $5 BOOK TODAY 08 9329 9500 or email...

SOLD OUT – Swimming with Sharks Presentation 24th October 2017

In 2001 Clara & Damian Harris were overjoyed to be expecting their first child. They had dreams of raising their child on the family farm in Binnu, Western Australia. Never did they imagine that the next 19 years would actually be filled with intensive applied behavior therapy, main stream school, severe depression, special needs schooling, dreams of being eaten by sharks and bureaucratic bungling. Three year old Sam was diagnosed with autism in 2004 which irrevocably turned their life, and the lives of their family and friends, upside-down. Their story of strength and courage and despair needs to be heard: not only by parents of children with disabilities but of careers, teachers, health professionals, and anyone who has been touched with depression. Swimming with Sharks is not a story that Clara expected to be telling, but life doesn’t ever work out the way you plan does it? Date:                                               Tuesday 24th October 2017 Parents & Public:                    7pm – 9pm Click here for tickets SOLD OUT Where:                                      Melville Occupational Therapy and Extra Lesson for Children, 9 Hulme Court, Myaree WA...

What’s the difference from one pencil grip to another?

There are many different pencil grips that have been designed to assist children to hold their pencils in a functional way. It is important that the right pencil grip is selected for the child’s individual needs. This is assessed by an Occupational Therapist. The use of the grips must also be closely monitored to ensure the child is using it correctly. This is by no means a comprehensive list; I have only chosen a few favourites. They are all suitable for both right and left handed children.   The Pencil Grip is ergonomically designed to support the finger and thumb in a tripod position while also increasing the surface area of the pencil.         The Crossover Grip  is designed with a barrier to prevent individuals from wrapping their thumb around the pencil. It promotes a tripod grasp and an open webspace (area between the index finger and thumb) for dynamic finger movement.         The Stetro is a small pencil grip which provides visual cues and indentations so that individuals can achieve an efficient tripod pencil grasp. As wonderful as pencil grips are, I do prefer a minimalist approach whenever possible and they must not be used in isolation. An Occupational Therapist will also provide fine motor activities to promote a functional pencil grasp and to improve hand strength and finger dexterity. I believe it is important that young children (6 years and below) use thick writing implements which provide a larger surface area for their little hands. An efficient pencil grasp must be encouraged through demonstration and fine motor activities. Occupational Therapy...