Monthly Archives: July 2017

Developing Pain

As occupational therapists and mentors we are able to assist in stopping a person’s pain right when it starts. We look at their positioning and their access to their communication devices. I like to change things around first before starting from scratch, as it might just take a little tweaking. The child must be comfortable in order to be able to communicate and participate at school. Children who are comfortable most of the day, are able to demonstrate their knowledge as they are able to concentrate on school work and interacting with their friends.

Positioning their bodies correctly is going to enable them to play and to participate at school and demonstrate how truly knowledgeable they are. Children who are comfortable are going to be able to compete with their peers just like how most of my mentees are in general classes. Children who are able to fully participate at school typically earn a high school diploma and provides them with the option to attend college.

More important, if you can keep the child comfortable they are going to be able to stay healthy in spirit and physically. The child is going to be able to do school work faster as they can focus on their studies instead of the fact that they are uncomfortable. Overall, children who are healthy are able to go through school at a faster pace; which can motivate them, to earn the grades that will get them into a good college. As you can see, there are many benefits in keeping the child comfortable. Use tumble foams and other cushions that allow them to be comfortable, they can focus on being children instead of being children in pain.

 

Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children

Play

As occupational therapists and mentors we know how important it is for children to play so we adapt toys with switches making them accessible to children.  My younger mentees have created play dates for their children to get together to play.  Playing is a normal part of childhood so in my sessions I create playful- sessions because if my client is having fun I am able to accomplish more if they are having fun.  Children with motor disabilities want to play with their peers so I would adapt toys with switches allowing the children to play with toys independently.

Playing with their peers is a social thing to show children how communicating and walking in the walkers makes them just like their able-bodied peers. Disabled children have to go to therapy so why not make it fun? If we are working on their balance I would throw a ball to them while they are balancing on a medicine ball.  If I am working on driving I would have bowling pins for them to knock down, we have to remember that they are children so we have to make it worth their while. If we are working on eating I will make sure I have their favorite snacks.

Therapy can be fun while we are working on their goals and it will make them want to work on their goals.  As occupational therapists and mentors we have to be creative with our younger clients or they will skip out on therapy.  They aren’t thinking that therapy can make them more independent in the future but rather they are thinking they can be with friends.  As occupational therapists and mentors we have to think outside of the box when working with children as they simply don’t want to be there.

 

Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children

Play

As occupational therapists and mentors we know how important for children to play so we adapt toys with switches making them accessible to children.  My younger mentees have created play dates for their children to get together to play.  Playing is a normal part of child hood so in my sessions I create a playful- sessions because if my client is having fun I am able to accomplish more if they are having fun.   Children with motor disabilities want to play with their peers so I would adapt toys with switch allowing the children to play with toys independently.

Playing with their peers is a social thing to show children how communicating and walking in the walkers makes them just like their able body peers.  Disabled children have to go to therapy so why not make it fun?  If we are working on their balance I would throw a ball to them while they are balancing on a medicine ball.   If I am working on driving I would have bowling pins for them to knock down, we have to remember that their children so we have to make it worth their wild.  If we are working on eating I will make sure I have their favorite snacks.

Therapy can be fun while we are working on their goals and it will make them want to work on their goals.   As occupational therapists and mentors we have to be creative with our younger clients or they will skip out on therapy.   They aren’t thinking that therapy can make them more independent in the future but rather they are thinking they can be with friends.   As occupational therapists and mentors we have to think outside of the box when working with children as they simply don’t want to be there.

 

Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children

Back Pain

As my followers know I have chronic back pain which is the source of my seizures so if you have clients with significant back pain we want to keep them as comfortable as possible. Our clients can tell when they are going to have a seizure due to how much pain they are in. If my client tells me they don’t feel well; I immediately get them more comfortable by holding them or putting them into their tumble foams. This technique helps or doesn’t depending on how long they have been in pain. Pain seizures look similar to epileptic seizures except we don’t foam at the mouth and we are able to communicate with people as to what is going on with us.

As occupational therapist and mentors we have a wide range of equipment to help our clients avoid having seizures and as you know my favorite is the star fish tumble foam chair. The tumble foam has the ability to lay out all the way or sit allowing the child to communicate. An uncomfortable child has serious consequences such as staying in the hospital for a week due to residual effects from the seizures. Pain also can diminish their appetite which is not good as children with disabilities are typically small to begin with, due to their disabilities.

As a professional who has had to live with chronic back pain since junior high I want to make sure my mentees are comfortable at all times. If my mentees are comfortable that means they are spending less time in the hospital and more time at school. School has to allow them to be in their tumble foams in class if the child is able to focus better in the tumble foam. A comfortable child is a more successful child with their academics and they will have a chance of getting into a good college.

Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children

Comfortably

If someone is super uncomfortable I get the person in a tumble foam right away as someone can have a seizure because of the pain.   This is how my own seizures are triggered because my body can only take so much pain before it goes into a seizure.  Children with chronic pain need tumble foams to break up the pain throughout the day because if we don’t they are more likely to have seizures.   I know for myself if my back pain is high enough I have seizures therefore I am constantly making sure my mentees are comfortable enough to avoid seizures.

When working with children who are developing chronic pain we need to look at their wheelchairs and into getting them alternative positioning equipment.   Children are able to better concentrate on school work and therapy if they are comfortable.   I also want my mentees to use quick phrases on their talkers to cut down on how much they are typing.   I also use ultra-plush pillows on the tumble foam to help them to feel extra comfortable because as a professional with pain I want to avoid my clients from being in as much pain as I am in.  There is a plethora of equipment to make children comfortable and all the occupational therapists need to do is to find what works for them.   I am learning that if my mentees are comfortable they are able to accomplish more throughout the day.

If our clients can be comfortable all day they are able to do more throughout the day and they are going to be more accurate with their communication device.  They will be able to focus on school work and play with their friends for a longer duration of time.   My favorite tumble foam to use for my clients and myself is the star fish tumble foam as it can bend my high tone mentees so they don’t go into extension and it can also layout for those who have back pain.   I also use the traditional tumble foam on a wedge for my mentees who can’t be in a traditional wheelchair but they need to sit to do school work.  We have a plethora of options to keep our clients comfortable and all we need to do is to think outside of the box.

Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children

Spine Pain

Over the weekend I had been rushed to the hospital due to my back pain. If you have a client with significant pain you must take actions to make it tolerable because not only will your client remain in pain but it may cause them to go to the hospital. Which they will already have numerous visits throughout their life already as it is. Use customized equipment to help the child be more comfortable throughout their day and use gentle massages to help ease the pain. My clients are small so it’s easy for me to put them on my lap to allow them to be more comfortable and we want to ensure they are comfortable over the weekend as well. If we are able to keep our clients comfortable then we can keep them healthy and out of the hospital; so that they are left to be able to just be children.

Keeping our clients comfortable enables them to compete with able bodied peers and socialize with them. As someone who had grown up with back pain, I know how challenging it is to complete school work with chronic pain so I use tumble foams to keep them comfortable. Children who are comfortable are able to do more at school and possibly reach the top of the class. I work with children who are able to be in general education which means they have to be comfortable enough to participate at a regular school. Putting the children into tumble foams during class allows them to be more comfortable which enables them to focus on school work longer.

As a mentor with chronic pain; I know how to keep my mentees comfortable because my clients are intellectually normal so if they are comfortable they are capable of keeping up with able bodied children. My client’s afflictions is that they are physically disabled; therefore they understand everything that is going on with their bodies and everything around them. As occupational therapists and mentors we have the equipment and knowledge to keep our clients comfortable so that they are able to participate in school and at play dates. My mentees are just like any other child but they have physical disability but they want to do, what children without disabilities can do. If the children are comfortable, they are able to be like able bodied children playing with their peers.

– Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children

Dangerous Pain

As occupational therapists and mentors we know when a child is having dangerous pain. We do not want a child to have pain in their spine as that tells us that there is something wrong with their spine. Children need to be checked right away so we can correct the issue. Children also need to be properly checked in position to prevent problems later but even with that as they grow something comes up with their bodies. I like to use custom made equipment so I can be assured that they are properly supported whatever they are in. Children who are properly supported grow up with less disfigurement and pain.

Equipment that is comfortable for the child means that they are going to be able to communicate better and faster now that they are supported correctly. Children in wheelchairs are able to play longer and to work on school work longer if they are in equipment made just for them. I like to even make tumble foams custom to their bodies as half of their day they are working on school work in the tumble foams.

Children who grow up using custom made equipment have a greater chance of not needing corrective surgeries. They also have a better chance of not developing pain as they get older. Most of my clients have not needed surgery as I put them into custom made equipment and was able to prevent some damage.

I, myself, even use custom made tumble foams because what would be the point of putting someone to chill out in something that is not comfortable for them. As a mentor, I have experienced a lot of back pain since I was in junior high school so I understand the importance of giving children equipment that was specifically made for them. Children who are not hurting excel at school and at life so the extra work to mold the child for equipment is well worth it.

 

Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children

Spine Pain

Over the weekend I had been rushed to the hospital due to my back pain. If you have a client with significant pain you must take actions to make it tolerable because not only will your client remain in pain but it may cause them to go to the hospital. Which they will already have numerous visits throughout their life already as it is. Use customized equipment to help the child be more comfortable throughout their day and use gentle massages to help ease the pain. My clients are small so it’s easy for me to put them on my lap to allow them to be more comfortable and we want to ensure they are comfortable over the weekend as well. If we are able to keep our clients comfortable then we can keep them healthy and out of the hospital; so that they are left to be able to just be children.

keeping our clients comfortable enables them to compete with able bodied peers and socialize with them. As someone who had grown up with back pain, I know how challenging it is to complete school work with chronic pain so I use tumble foams to keep them comfortable. Children who are comfortable are able to to do more at school and possibly reach the top of the class. I work with children who are able to be in general education which means they have to be comfortable enough to participate at a regular school. Putting the children into tumble foams during class allows them to be more comfortable which enables them to focus on school work longer.

As a mentor with chronic pain; I know how to keep my mentees comfortable because my clients are intellectually normal so if they are comfortable they are capable of keeping up with able bodied children. My clients afflictions is that they are physically disabled; therefore they understand everything that is going on with their bodies and everything around them. As occupational therapists and mentors we have the equipment and knowledge to keep our clients comfortable so that they are able to participate in school and at play dates. My mentees are just like any other child but they have physical disability but they want to do, what children without disabilities can do. If the children are comfortable, they are able to be like able bodied children playing with their peers.

- Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children