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pain

As occupational therapists and mentors we know how to alleviate pain by stretches and heat therapy.  If we can relax the child enough they can alleviate their own pain because most of the time pain is caused by tight muscles.   I know a young man who is so tight that he wasn’t able to grow past the size of an eight year old, therefore we need to try to relax tight muscles to allow the body to grow and also to make the child more comfortable so they can just be children.

Children without pain or decreased pain are able to focus on therapy and just being a child playing with friends.   Gentle massages and heat therapy works on tight sore muscles which for my clients is easy to do because they are unusually small allowing me to put them on my lap.   Children who are comfortable enough are able to do well at school and play with friends.   Children in their tumble foam for most of the day are able to concentrate on school work which I totally understand as I am known to work in my tumble foam. Comfortability allows children to have better stamina throughout the day which allows them to do more and just feel well.

It helps me treat children in pain as I know what it is like because I develop my chronic back pain at the age of fourteen and have never felt well since then.   I want to prevent my mentees from developing back pain so I make sure their seating fits their body well and their tumble foams are also molded to their bodies.  If I am able to keep children comfortable they are able to stay out of the hospital because of seizures due to pain and stay at school allowing them to be on time with their age level correlating with their age giving them a healthy self-esteem.

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pain

If the child is in pain there is no way they can do school work as I am an adult and I can’t concentrate on work.   I am sick right now and it’s very difficult to concentrate on work but I have strategies to be able to do work while in pain.   Children in severe pain aren’t mature enough to be able to put their discomfort in the back of their mind to be able to concentrate on school work so I have to put them in extra plush equipment for them to be able to concentrate on school work.   Children have to be comfortable for them to do school work so I use star fish tumble foams because they can lean back with still allowing me to position the rolling mount so they are able to access their communication device.

As occupational therapists and mentors we are able to make our clients comfortable so they can do what they need to do throughout their day.   Children who are comfortable have the abilities to do school work and play with their peers.   They are also able to have better appetites because no one is able to eat well not feeling well.   I’m not concerned with how the child looks but rather I am more concerned with their comfort level because if they should get sick we are playing with dangerous water as young children are unable to accurately tell us what exactly is wrong with them.   If we know that they are more comfortable in their tumble foam I keep them in it for the majority of the days.

Children who are comfortable are capable to demonstrate knowledge and are able to play with their friends for longer.   If they are comfortable they are able to do school work to their best ability and most of the time they are able to get to their top of their class.   I work with children with significant physical disabilities so their intellectual abilities are just like their able peers.   The ability to communicate with the aid of a rolling mount gives them the ability to work and socialize with friends in a more comfortable position. Sometimes even if we make their seating to perfectly fit their body they are still more comfortable in the tumble foam.   The most important thing is the child is comfortable to allow them to be themselves.

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Neck Control

As occupational therapists and mentors we have the ability to give our clients an alternative to their four limbs if they don’t work and that is their neck.  I like to try their neck control as soon as we have figured out their four limbs aren’t viable sources for them to use for them to control a communication device or a power chair.   We want the clients to be productive since the toddler age so they are able to start to use talkers and power chairs by the age of three.

My goal for every mentee is to get them to be independent at the pre-school age or even earlier so they can start school on time.  If a child starts school on time they can be on schedule with school which means they are able to make friends easier and graduate on time.  If we figure out a viable limb or body part to use then it will allow the mentee to go through life on schedule which gives the individual a higher self-esteem because they are with their peers.   As someone who started school on time I want the same opportunities for my mentees as it boosts their self-esteem knowing they are on the same level as their able-bodied peers.

As a quad myself I attribute my being on time with school to an occupational therapist finding that I had the most control over my neck.  If we are able to find what body part works for a child: the child is able to show their intellectual ability and they can be mobile at an early age. I don’t care how it looks as I am able to refine the system once we know the Method works for the mentee and nine times out of ten they are going to use the body part for the rest of their life.

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Comfortably Working and Communicating

As occupational therapists and mentors we have options available to us that allow our clients to work and communicate while in their tumble foams through the use of rolling mounts. The rolling mount is a mount on wheels which allows us to bring the communication device to the child in any position.  They are able to do their school work and communicate in any position which helps alleviate their pain.  Communicating shouldn’t be limited to the child being in their wheelchair because that is not how life works for the rest of us; as we are able to communicate in any position. If I am able to keep my mentees comfortable they are able to stay healthy which enables them to attend school and therapy more regularly.

For children who are more comfortable in a tumble foam, I am able to set up their talker on the rolling mount allowing them to work from a more comfortable position. For my mentees, I use eye gaze devices or switches because I personally hate the tracker as I have seen too many children developing chronic back pain from using those devices. I feel that I need to keep children from developing back pain because once they do their health goes downhill as I have learned from my own personal experience.   Children who are able to work comfortably sometimes never develop pain which allows them to go through life “normally”.   The ones who do develop back pain have seizures and usually multiple health problems, when I see that I really start using tumble foams frequently to help ease their pain and to prevent seizures.

As my followers are aware, I have severe back pain and there are days where I have to be in my tumble foam all day because the pain is excruciating. I work with small statured children which makes it easier for me to pick them up and hold them to relieve the pain. If I am able to catch them before the pain gets to its peak, I am sometimes able to prevent the mentee from having a seizure. Children shouldn’t have to live in pain; so we use anything we can to keep them comfortable and healthy.

-Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children.

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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