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

June 26, 2022 21 min

Tags are too itchy, seams are too irritating, pants are either too tight or too loose; the shoes don't feel "just right". Whatever the clothing issue is, I've heard it all. As a pediatric Occupational Therapist, clothing sensitivities is one of the most common challenges I support in my professional practice and in my person life. Listen to this episode for my tips on knowing when you need to intervene and what some...

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Dealing with power struggles and push back from your child when you just want them to clean up, get dressed, brush their teeth or simply transition from one activity to the next can be exhausting. While I wish I had a child who would just do what I say when I say it with no tricks, unfortunately, I have a very opinionated, strong willed girl and sometimes I need to get creative with motivating her to do things, rather than pulling ...

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When you have a child who’s neurodivergent, should you talk to them about their neurodiversity? When should you talk to them about their neurodiversity? And most importantly, HOW do you talk to them about it? All those questions answered in this episode. 


Links: 

Work with me: www.theotbutterfly.com/parentconsult

Transcript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/37

instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterfly

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Even when young children drop their last nap, research shows it’s still important for their brain to have downtime and to rest.

But how on Earth do you get a young child to stay in their room if they’re not napping? Listen to this episode to learn how you can get started, no matter how old your child is.

Links: 

Transcript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/36

instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterfly

email: La...

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May 29, 2022 32 min

You've heard me say the system is broken, but did you know it's broken even for those of us who work IN the system? As a pediatric OT, I have had to jump through hurdles and hoops just to get medical professionals to actively listen to my concerns about my daughter.

Just when I thought I got the "golden ticket" for an eval, another hurdle pops up.

Listen to this episode to  get caught up with where I'm at with Li...

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May 22, 2022 31 min

Sticker charts, reward charts, token systems almost always work, until they don't. 
I've seen sticker charts backfire more often than not, especially when used in a way with neurodivergent children to manipulate or change their behavior. In this episode, I detail why I don't love using these approaches with neurodivergent children and an alternative way to think about discipline. In the end, you can make the decision on ...

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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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