Sensory W.I.S.E. Solutions Podcast for Parents

Sensory W.I.S.E. Solutions Podcast for Parents

Calling all parents! Do you have a child with sensory processing challenges or Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)? Looking for some practical tips and advice from an Occupational Therapist’s expert in sensory development? This podcast is for you! Every week, Laura Petix, (aka The OT Butterfly) will educate you on the impact that sensory processing has on your child’s learning and behavior. She’ll teach you the why behind your child’s behavior, how to identify their sensory profiles, how to support them using sensory strategies and how you can engage with them using the just right challenge. Being a parent of a child with SPD can feel so isolating, but Laura’s here to let you know, you are not alone. Get comfy, press play and imagine yourself hanging out with your new OT mom bestie.

Episodes

May 15, 2022 27 min

In this episode, I share clips from my recent masterclass that talks about the 3 biggest mistakes I see parents make with their sensory sensitive child (I have made these mistakes as well!)

You'll also learn one of the best ways you can support your child's meltdowns, and what the just right challenge is. 

If you listen to this episode between May 15th and May 20th 2022, the Sensory W.I.S.E. Solutions program is open for enro...

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If you follow me on instagram, you know that mornings before school are the hardest times for us. Now I'm letting you in to witness what a mostly typical morning sounds like for us.

In these audio clips, you'll hear my daughter struggle with her anxiety about clothes, her having a meltdown (and how I respond to the meltdown) + my processing of emotions after the morning meltdown.

At the end of the episode, you'll als...

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When you have a neurodivergent child, most family gatherings, playdates or holiday parties can usually come with a lot of extra stress. 

Maybe you have well-meaning friends or family who want to help during a meltdown. Or the judgey Aunt who always makes a comment about your child's diet.

Parents always ask me, how can they advocate for their child's needs and still show up to these family parties? Listen to this episode to f...

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In honor of OT month, I’ve spent all month diving deeper into some common topics and ways that OT can help support you and your child in daily tasks or activities. For this final episode, I’m going to talk about the best routes for you to get started working with an OT, and also feature some VIP parents who shared some amazing testimony about how OT has changed their life.

Links: 

Sensory Is Behavior Mini Course for Parents: www.theo...

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Happy OT month! In the U.S.,  we are celebrating the field of Occupational Therapy in April, and I’m celebrating it by spreading awareness about all the wonderful ways OT can help people be successful in their everyday lives. I recently did an episode on handwriting, which was episode 29. Today we are talking about picky eating, a topic that MANY parents face at one point in their parenting journey.


Some parents’ journey with their ...

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Did you know that handwriting development depends on a solid foundation of sensory processing skills? Really, all of our motor output (both gross and fine motor) become refined and developed after sensory skills have been established. So, it’s pretty common for some kids with handwriting challenges to have underlying sensory processing issues. In this episode, we’ll talk about: common handwriting development struggles, when it’s ti...

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Dr. Tina Bryson is going to share some strategies to help you with night time routine struggles. We’ll also talk about how this might look different or be a little harder with a neurodivergent child, and when you might benefit from seeking support from an Occupational Therapist.

Episode Links:
Transcript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/27

instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterfly

email: LauraPetix@TheOTBu...

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February 28, 2022 33 min

As an Occupational Therapist, I get asked all the time what my thoughts are on ABA, and if I think ABA is harmful. Keep reading to learn more about an OT’s perspective on ABA therapy, some alternatives to ABA therapy, and how to ensure your Autistic child can thrive even if they are in ABA therapy. 



ABA (Applied behavioral analysis) therapy is a type of intervention where people are trained in behavioral analysis and use that lens t...

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Join me and the amazing Mr. Chazz Lewis as he educates us on what Conscious Discipline is, and what it isn't...and more importantly, how you can apply conscious discipline methods to a neurodivergent child. 

Mr. Chazz's mission is to help adults truly see, guide and trust children. He is pushing the needle a little closer toward world peace. He goes by, “Mr.Chazz” and he even has a song to prove it.  He has been a teacher of...

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February 14, 2022 40 min

Making the most out of your child’s OT services (that you had to fight tooth and nail for, go down very deep internet rabbit holes and stalk the local mom group just to find) is important, but how? In this episode, I’ll be answering common questions I get from parents, like what to do if your child isn’t making progress, how you can ask your OT to support you in non-traditional ways, when it might be time to take a break or pause f...

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How can you best prepare your sensory child (and yourself) before a stressful event like going to a Doctor visit or going to the Dentist? I’ve got a list of practical tips and some mindset shifts that can set you up for success for the next time. 


Links: 

Work with me: www.theotbutterfly.com/parentconsult


Transcript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/23


instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterfly


email: LauraPetix&...

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Did you know that there’s a difference between a meltdown and a tantrum? It’s important for parents and professionals to differentiate between the two because it gives us so much insight into our children and allows us to better support them in the best ways.

 Listen to this episode’s interview with Dr. AnnLouise Lockhart to find out how to identify the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum and some important tips to keep you ...

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January 24, 2022 32 min

One thing I’m always preaching to my clients, my in person clients, my virtual parent coaching clients and the parents in the Sensory WISE Solutions program is that it’s important to have the “sensory cup” talk with your child. You know, as long as they have the language capabilities to understand. It’s important for your child to understand that their brain processes sensory input differently and it’s even more important for them ...

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January 17, 2022 21 min

All behavior is a form of communication, but sometimes it can be hard to decipher what our children are communicating. When kids hit, kick, spit, punch, throw or push, parents often ask me, “is this sensory or is it behavior?” 


I’m here to end that debate once and for all. Well, maybe not end it, but at least help you reframe it.


Because what the real question should be is “What is it my child is trying to communicate with me right n...

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So you have a sensory sensitive child who’s sensitive to seams of socks, mushy textured food, messy play, or toilets flushing. What should you do? 

Do you accommodate every environment and task for them so they can avoid the sensory triggers altogether? 

Does that make them spoiled? 

Should you force them to get used to it? 

Where do you draw the line? 

Listen to this episode to find out how I talk about accommodating vs. exposure. 

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 It’s so amazing how much a shift in mindset can positively impact progress in your own parenting journey as well as your neurodivergent child’s journey. Sometimes we can feel like we’re stuck, not making progress and we try to find all the right solutions and tricks and hacks, but what we need most is a mindset shift, or at least a mindset re-set. 

Links: 

Transcript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/18 

instagram: @TheOTButte...

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December 27, 2021 20 min

One of the most common questions I get asked about is if children can have mixed thresholds, meaning seek some sensory input and be sensitive to others. 

The answer is yes! A child can have a whole grab-bag of surprises when it comes to sensory profiles and sensory processing challenges.

 Listen to the episode to find out more. 

Links: 

Transcript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/17 

instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/...

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December 20, 2021 39 min

My whole experience of motherhood has been completely different than what I had envisioned, and that’s okay, but it needs to be talked about. 

I don’t love this version of motherhood. I’m not enjoying the role I play as Mom.

 I miss the old me. 

Raising a neurodivergent child is hard. 

So many thoughts are unraveled in this episode, and I share a lot of vulnerable thoughts and feelings about motherhood, in an unscripted way. 

I also sha...

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December 13, 2021 23 min

Co-regulation is something that will always be part of us as human beings. We are social beings and need the interaction, social transaction and intimacy and trust with another human being.

But we can’t always rely on others to regulate ourselves, and we do want the ultimate goal for our children to be some version of self-regulation. I want to share with you what you can do now to build towards self regulation.

Links: 

Transcript/sh...

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December 6, 2021 18 min

Forget thriving, how can we survive the holiday season with a neurodivergent child? Well I don’t have a magic wand, but I do have some tips for you to hopefully set you all up for success. Here's a hint- it all has to do with building in familiar routines. 

Transcript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/14 

instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterfly

website/blog: www.theotbutterfly.com

email: LauraPetix@Th...

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