Active sensory and body-based strategies are evidence-based to directly reduce hyperarousal, tame anxiety, and limit the impact of sensory reactivity.
If you’re the parent of a child with Fragile X syndrome, you’re probably very familiar with mouth stuffing. Mouth stuffing for kids with FXS is usually an adaptive means of trying to succeed with eating.
How To's of Sensory Diets in Fragile X Syndrome is the new video for this special time from Tracy Stackhouse from Developmental FX. A sensory diet is an occupational therapy intervention strategy devised to attain and maintain appropriate arousal states throughout each day.
Leading pediatric occupational therapists, Tracy Stackhouse and Sarah Scharfenaker, provide an overview of the concept and use of sensory diet including a downloadable sensory diet template, and an example of a completed template for a sample patient.
Mantras, like positive affirmations, really do have power. Mantras are short, positive, instructive statements full of action words. We use them to quiet the mind and focus on thinking and action.
Therapy is a fun, creative process – one of the reasons that we have been at this for so long! One of the challenges of being a therapist is staying on top of the ever-emerging intervention techniques that come into our practice and making them work for individuals with FXS.
Direct questions are typically the way we try to engage people in conversation. For children with FXS, we need to learn other strategies. It is critical to understand why it is so difficult for children with FXS to understand and respond to these questions, before we get to the how of getting answers.
One of the common sites we encounter when visiting a child's home is a play area chock-full of every toy known to man, yet they won’t play with any of them. This exasperation is likely familiar to many of you.
Mouse and Tracy present day-to-day strategies they've drawn from their evidenced-based practice and knowledge of the neurocognitive development of children with Fragile X syndrome.