iPads are designed for OTs

ipads are designed for OTs

iPads are awesome.  I still remember when I bought my first iPad and started to play around with what it could do.  My mind exploded with possibilities. 

With the right app you could customize feedback and select what skill you wanted to focus on.  

Say what????

Seriously this was a turning point in my OT career!! 

But shortly after I started working with clients on the iPad, I read an email from an OT supervisor stating that OTs didn't need to know about iPads and apps when they were searching for a course for their OTs.   

I just about lost my mind! 

What are they talking about???  

Of course, OTs need to be using iPads and apps -- it offers something other approaches DO NOT. 

I was so passionate about OTs using the iPad that I designed my iPads at School Program for OTs.  

It took time to walk through what I needed to cover and how it all related to our profession. 

I started with the WHY.  

>>> Why do OTs NEED to use iPads (and technology in general) what does it offer our clients.  

>>> Why is it an incredible FIT when it comes to Occupational Therapy and skill development.  

The WHY was BIG.  This part of the program tends to shift how OTs view and use the iPad and apps.  

If you are questioning your role as an OT when it comes to the iPad and apps (or technology in general) don't sit and wonder anymore...get confident in what YOU can offer.  Add technology particularly the iPad and apps to your OT toolbox, so you are ready to support your client, and you can then address the questions others will ask you.  

I'm so passionate about OTs using technology that my program is now $197.00 instead of $325.00. Right now I'm considering this my summer rate for this year.  I want OTs to be confident and ready to use technology powerfully.  LET'S DO THIS OTS!!

Susan 

 

Entrepreneurs and learn differences -- let's make the connection!

entrepreneurs and creative kids that learn differently -- what's the connection?

I've been in the business world for a few years now and loved connecting with other business people, and I wondered why I wanted to stay here. Why didn't I move onto OT or Mom's groups?  What drew me to this population? Over time I started to figure it out. 


When I was working with various business women, they usually would ask my business is about so I would tell them that I help parents support their children's learning differences.  At that point, they would say great, but there was little response from them. 

Maybe they were thinking about what I said and relating it to their world.  Maybe it sounded like I was a teacher and their child already has one..so why talk any further.  Or maybe they were just focusing on their business, and that's all good I'm at the same event for the same reason -- my business. 

But when we sat down for lunch, and we moved away from our business focus, I usually found myself explaining the why behind my business and my story.  From that conversation, I found many women then started to talk about their child's learning and the frustrations they have had.  In fact, in one situation, there were about 3/4 of the women at the table that shared the struggles they were dealing with at home and school when it came to their child's learning and other concerns. (and I would have to say the ones that didn't talk....didn't have kids) so that's more like 100%.

It got me thinking about the connection with Entrepreneurs and their children.  How they are smart, and so are their children, but the silent struggles of learning differently still exist.  

Perhaps, we don't want to say anything about the learning concerns because our kids are smart or we feel we can handle it. But we also know it's something in the back of our minds maybe even keeping us up at night because our children don't feel smart and they can't seem to show others their abilities. 

So.... what if as entrepreneurs we started to look at how incredible WE are -- and how awesome OUR children are and what is NEEDED to help them learn in a way that fits them right now.  Just like we found a career that fit US! 

What if....we looked for the same type of support that we do for our business.  A mentor.  Someone to guide us through the steps, so we don't have to figure everything out for ourselves, and THEN we can focus on what we need to do next?? 

Doesn't that sound like something most entrepreneurs would do? Learn and then put things into place?  Well, that's what I offer.  The ability to figure out what steps to take at home to allow your child to see their way of learning -- and this then filters into the school setting as well (or helps with homeschooling).  
 


I know I have the experience to tell me that entrepreneurs and learning differences are connected but I wanted to see what research says about this.  So I decided I would look into this a bit more and see what facts were out there, and this is what I found: 

ADHD: The Entrepreneur's Superpower

Study shows stronger links between entrepreneurs and dyslexia

New Research Reveals Many Entrepreneurs Are Dyslexic

ANALYSIS OF THE INCIDENCE OF DYSLEXIA IN ENTREPRENEURS AND ITS IMPLICATIONS

Coudl This Be teh Sercet to Sussecc?

The study indicates that 35 % of entrepreneurs have a learning difference such as dyslexia or ADHD.  But when reading the study, it was only through self-identification.  

I might have missed something, but I feel the percentage is much higher, as many adults don't have a diagnosis and may have 'survived' school similar to myself. And when you are out in the business world you don't have to focus on the struggles -- so would you identify yourself as having a learning difference at that time? Maybe. Maybe not. 
 
There is a connection.  If you see it and YOU are thinking about your creative, smart child and how they learn differently, I want you to think about not just investing in our business courses but in a 'course' that will allow our child to tap into their abilities sooner -- rather than later.  Consider my strategy sessions as the earliest business course you will purchase for your child. 

If you want to know more about my story -- you grab a free chapter of my book -- or read a quick overview here. 

We got this - my entrepreneur friends :) 

Susan

 

 

 

Keyboarding. Let's think of it in terms of levels instead of One approach.

Keyboarding Skills Made Easy

Occupational Therapists in general look at keyboarding because this skill can help children that are having difficulties with their printing/writing skills. 

When I first started working in the school, I would recommend developing keyboarding skills -- as it seemed to make sense. But as time progressed, I began to consider what was needed to allow a child to make progress with their school work and that's when I started to see that keyboarding wasn't the first skill to develop and that they were many other skills to consider.

I decided to write out the different levels and skills of keyboarding and what OTs and parents could focus on at each level.  

The levels start with pre-keyboarding skills and end with 10 finger typing but how long a child focuses on each level depends on the skills they are developing -- makes sense, right!

We want children to concentrate on being successful at school and not bogged down with drills that may or may not support them with their writing and school progress. 

To find out if the keyboarding camps or workshops are a good fit for your child or client (as they seem to be available during the summer months) look at my Keyboarding Skills Made Easy mini course.   I want OTs and parents to know what skills to develop first and why. 

Keyboarding skills alone may not give a child any advantage when it comes to their ability to express themselves.  With my Keyboarding Skills Made Easy - you will get a checklist to review each level and videos from me to consider what you are looking for at each level.  From there you will see a few fun apps to work on the skills at the right time. 

It's "crazy priced" for the summer - so find out what your child or client needs BEFORE you focus on those keyboarding camps. 

You got this!

Susan

The Power of Strategies

the power of strategies

Strategy: an approach.  

It's as important as the tool in your hand.


 Yes, you need the tools or the technology but if you don't have the right strategy it can just be a really 'neat' device or app -- but the results are minimal. 

That's why I have strategy sessions and not TECHNOLOGY SESSIONS.  Because the Strategy is what is needed to make the progress!

So when you think about getting support to help your child or client = think about what you are really looking for STRATEGIES. 


Strategies...

Is about offering ways for your child to get their school work done -- with and without your support.

Is about figuring out what to focus on first -- to help your child make the best gains possible.

Is about allowing your child to use their strengths to help them learn and show others what they know (because you know your child is smart they just need something more!)

So if you feel having an app list is all you need -- most of the time it's not (sorry).

You might have the right device which is wonderful too ....but you need to know how to set it up and what to use and when.

So I'm gonna say it again...strategies are powerful.  Then add the strategies with a clear plan and support and you've got progress! 

You can wait. Figure it out on your own. Wait for others to support your child.  OR you can get a plan with strategies that you can use at HOME and SCHOOL.  

Set up a time for your Summer Strategy Sessions -- we will work through the concerns, get focused, find the right devices/tools and put strategies in place -- while still have time to have fun during the summer months. 

Susan

The Power of Priorities and a Plan

the power of priorities and a plan

We all do this.  We try to figure things out on our own.

We think "We've got this!"  

And for most things... we do!  

But when it's about navigating around an issue that can have a big impact on so many areas of your life (and your child's life)...

it might not be the best idea to 'figure it out" on your own! 

I've had to reach out a few times to various professionals this year (and part of last year) for guidance to help me put some pieces together to support my child's health issues.  

I could have read books, listened to podcasts, but I needed to focus on helping my child with a clear plan 

-- and to do this --  

I needed someone with the skills to give me the steps I needed to take.  

I needed to know what the priorities were and what I could do about them.  

From there I could move forward more confidently to make the changes that would have an impact on her health. 

I could also use the knowledge I now had to start looking for other resources.

A clear plan Understanding. Support.  Priceless.

Did it cost me money?

Yes.  

Did it move us forward?

Yes.  

Will it have an impact on what we do as a family in the future?

Definitely. 

Was it a good investment for my child (and our family)?

Yes. Yes. Yes. 

 When I stop and look back and reflect on the support I received and the gains we have made.  I wonder where we would be right now without it.  And even though there were times when the gains seemed minimal they were still gains and they all added up to where we wanted to be -- a healthy happy kid. 

I believe when you wait and try to figure it all out by asking others (who may not have the training to really support you) you can get confused, overwhelmed and feel like you are STUCK. (I've been there)

So what I found out was "Figuring it out on your own" can mean: 

>>> waiting

>>> frustration

>>> lack of focus

>>> trying everything under the sun (exhausting) 

>>> focusing on the wrong thing (and getting no results or minimal) 

And this is what I find with the Moms (parents) I work with.  

I take my years of experiences as an OT/Mom and help parents get clear on a plan that can work for the priorities we identify.... and how that can fit into their home life and the school setting as well.   

With their list of priorities and a plan to follow ...they are clear on what to focus on and how to support their child at home.

The results are progress and the ability to move forward and find more resources to support their child!

Which is awesome!!!!! (I get really excited when I hear this) 

So the power of priorities and a plan is:

>>> understanding

>>> clarity

>>> action steps

>>> focus

>>> working with others

>>> progress

So if you are done trying to figure out how to support your child's learning or other skills at home (and at school) you need a plan and someone to support you.  

Take a minute to look at the Summer Strategy Sessions (which is just designed for summer) or the Strategy Sessions that fit you.  

Let's work together and get clear on your next steps

Susan 

 

Working harder doesn't work!

Harder doesn't work!

We Tend To Think That A Child Just Needs To Work Harder To Get Better Results.

But it's not HARDER they need.  They need SMARTER. They need a way of learning that fits THEM. 

I have watched for years, as kids with various learning differences have tried to learn using traditional ways - the way others want them to -- only to have bigger LEARNING GAPS between them and their peers, a lower SELF ESTEEM and no real PROGRESS in their learning world. 

And that's why I'm here --  to help YOU understand what your child needs so they can learn successfully. so you can help your child - so we can stop the lack of progress, the loss of self esteem and to minimize the learning gaps that can happen. 

Really it's about helping YOU, so you can support YOUR child.

In other words:

  • It about stopping the frustration and fighting that comes with homework. 
  • It's about helping your child see how they learn -- so they know they can learn. 
  • It about stopping all the extra 'learning programs' that may not be helping your child.
  • It's about minimizing the other concerns that can arise such as anxiety and low self esteem.

Susan 

Grab a spot in the Summer Strategy Sessions to find out how to move towards smarter and a happier child.