Why Don’t More Police Know About Autism?

In today’s world, we’ve (finally) begun to have in-depth conversations about the realities of police brutality and racism. We’ve become flooded with information, from history lessons we never knew to personal stories in real-time. You can’t scroll down a social media feed without coming across them. As I was doing what is now my quarantine…

Learning Styles (and strategies!)

When I take notes in class, you would think I was trying to make a comic book. There are doodles everywhere, different lettering, and a rainbow of colors splashed across each page. No, I’m not an aspiring artist, I’m a visual learner (also kinesthetic, but we’ll get to that in a minute). I need eye-catching…

The Case for COTAs: We’re Just As Important!

As you all know (and if you don’t know, now you know), I am a COTA: a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. In my opinion, having the word “assistant” in the job title has been a huge disservice to me and my colleagues. When you hear the word “assistant”, you typically think Oh, okay. Your boss…

The Importance of Building Rapport

I always thought that was a strange word, rapport. What does it mean? The dictionary says rapport is “a close and harmonious relationship in which the people or groups concerned understand each other’s feelings or ideas and communicate well”. As a therapist, rapport is a crucial element to have if you want your sessions to…

Proprioception: What is it and why is it so calming?

Your proprioceptive system is one of the most organizing and regulating system in our bodies. Case in point, Temple Grandin’s squeeze machine, “a device that delivers deep touch pressure to help her learn to tolerate touching and to reduce anxiety and nervousness”. When I think about things that are relaxing to most people, I think…

5 Resources for Special Needs Teens and Young Adults in San Diego

When I type in a quick google search for “local special needs resources”, I get loads of hits for little ones. However, when I search for resources for teens and adults, the results are scarce. It seems like people forget that kids with autism become adults with autism, and as a community we should be…

Stack Up!: A Toy Review

This great and versatile game is called Stack Up! by Peaceable Kingdom. The game comes with a game board, 12 blocks, 12 challenge cards, 2 stack sticks, a Stack Smasher and stand, and a spinner. The gameplay is pretty straightforward: you spin a color and stack a block. The object of the game is to…

Quality vs. Quantity: When Less is More

There are multiple reasons an occupational therapist chooses the frequency and duration of therapy. In my experience, the common consensus among parents is that if their child has more sessions, they’ll see progress sooner. I’m here to tell you that that’s not always the case. More sessions doesn’t always mean faster progress, and vice versa….

The Importance of Generalization

Let’s say one day you decide you want to become physically healthier. So you get a personal trainer, but every time you get home you eat nothing but junk food. Would you expect to see or feel any results? It’s the same with occupational therapy. Most kids get a few hours a week, or even…

Toy Review: Catch and Count Fishing Game

The first toy I decided to review called the Catch and Count Fishing Game by Melissa and Doug. It’s great because it can be used in so many different ways that target all kinds of skills, which is something I absolutely LOVE as an OT practitioner. The game comes with a set of 10 magnetic…