Attention teachers! These children NEED your help, compassion, and support...now, more than ever! THANK YOU so much for investing your precious time in trying to do just that. I sincerely appreciate YOU, your dedication, support, understanding, and commitment. Together we CAN positively change and affect the lives of children with special needs everywhere!
As a mom, as a parent of a child with a sensory processing disorder, as a very close friend of a teacher, and as an Occupational Therapist who has worked in schools, daycares and preschools, I have seen and truly understand the amount of patience, dedication, self-control, and knowledge your career and "life's work" demands of you. I applaud you for doing and handling so well one of the toughest jobs a person can have!If you have the time (which I know is scarce) to browse through my site, you will quickly see I am extremely passionate about educating parents, children, teachers, and other professionals about sensory processing disorders (what used to be called sensory integration dysfunction). Part of my "life's work" is being a "teacher" as well; helping as many people as possible to understand the daily struggles a child with sensory processing disorders has to deal with and how best to help them.
It can be so difficult to deal with and watch some of these children as they try desperately to function at home or school. My heart goes out to them AND you.
There is nothing more exciting to me (well, except maybe a Carribean vacation) than finding teachers who believe in, are educated about, are understanding, validating, open to suggestions, and incorporating sensory integration theories into the daily life of children within their classroom.
For example, I was OVERJOYED to find out my daughter's current fourth grade teacher not only knows about sensory processing disorders, but truly believes in, and uses, some of the core concepts and "treatment" ideas in her classroom every day! One of her favorites is giving the students gum to chew during high concentration tasks and tests...which will help keep any child calm, alert, and focused.
I completely understand that sensory processing disorders are just ONE of the MANY "special needs" you have to deal with every day. Thank you so much for supporting these children with sincere effort and an ever- increasing understanding. Trust me, you ARE appreciated! (Even my daughter appreciates it to a degree that is almost incomprehensible to most).
So, no matter where you are on the "learning curve" of truly understanding the concepts behind sensory processing disorders, I want to help you find the best resources possible.If you ARE new to this theory as a way of understanding and explaining children's emotional and behavioral issues, then I say thank you for opening up your mind to new possibilities. Thank you for taking a sincere interest in helping these often-challenging little "chickadees".
I truly hope you find these resources helpful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your contribution to proper child development; socially, physically, intellectually, and emotionally. Take care of yourself and our little "gremlins".
(Do not be afraid of clicking around on the resources that interest you... this page will stay underneath anything you check out and close out so you can easily return.)
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