(OT) What do you do when YOU need support?

OTs: what do you do when YOU need support?

I gotta know!  

What do you do when you need help or support to figure out technology for your clients?


Do you ask questions? 

Do you google to get some facts/strategies? 

Do you download a random app list?  

Do you ask to watch others? 

You can put a WHOLE lot of effort into figuring out what to do, but if you don’t feel confident in using technology, the results will be limited. 

You might be wondering how to move a client from one skill to another using technology.  

Or, how and when to transfer skills away from technology. 

If you are using all your time to look for answers, you might be using up your precious time! 

I want YOU to be a confident OT. 

I want YOU to know exactly why you are using technology and how to use it. 

And I want YOU to be able to create your app list and customize apps for the client you have in front of you right now. 

So here’s what you can do now: 

1. I want you to think about a skill you love to assess.  (sensory, fine motor, visual perceptual, etc.) 
2. I want you to now look for all the technology that supports this one skill area.  (only this one area -- nothing more) 
3. I want you to think of a client that you already have on your caseload that needs support in this area (so you already know what skills they need to develop) 

4. I want you to try the app or technology with them (maybe it’s an app and the iPad or software and a laptop, etc.) 
Finally, consider if you are working either directly or indirectly with them as you use technology. 

5. Now I want you to observe -- what worked and what did not? When you do this, you will learn what skills the app will work on and what it doesn’t which is excellent for your client!  Now you have an idea of what will work for others with similar needs. 

6. Go through this cycle again and keep track of the apps and what they work on.  

You are now stepping into the world of technology and skill development!! Woo Hooo! 

But let's take this a step further and sign up for the iPads at School Program

to give you LOTs of strategies to use technology powerfully. 

Keep going and let me know how you make out in your technology adventures!!  

You got this!


P.S. The Summer time pricing for the iPads at School Program will be changing in September.  Don't miss it! $197.00 instead of $325.00. 

Strategy Sessions: What are Moms saying?

Strategy Sessions: What are people saying?

Feedback is so important.  I ask for it after I work with a client to find out what is working and what is not. You can read some of the comments listed below.  

Each of my Strategy Sessions are different as it depends on what the client needs and what level of support they are looking for.  It can be a one time session or multiply sessions.  

Strategy Sessions with Follow up Sessions

"My son was having difficulties getting thoughts from his head to paper. He was feeling discouraged when he was unable to work as quickly as classmates.

We were stressed over simple homework assignments. They were taking a long time and my son was frustrated.

The biggest takeaways from the Strategy Sessions was having the technology to make things easier for my son so he could write and edit his work. My son feels more confident and doesn’t feel bogged down by homework anymore. 

My son knows now that everyone learns differently and that’s okay. He knows now how to express himself better in what helps him make sense of things."

VIP Strategy Sessions

I was having a difficult time managing my time with my daughter, I was unsure if I should be working on first..it was all very new and overwhelming

The biggest VIP take away was having a schedule written up for our day and I felt I had a better grasp on making the most of my daughter’s day. I also felt like I was encouraged to just play and be her mom and everything didn’t need to be planned and structured

The Strategy Sessions helped us at a time where we were very overwhelmed and at a stand still.

After the Strategy Sessions, I felt much more confident and organized. I felt like she made gains quicker, and I spent less time figuring out what to do with our time and referred to the schedule and suggestions from Susan.

VIP Strategy Sessions

My son benefitted from the apps/programs allowing him to type his answers on the computer, organize his materials and the use of the pdf transfer sheets allowing him to answer questions on his computer reducing the dysgraphia challenge. He is learning to break down his work into more digestible pieces and encouraged to keep working and not give up. My son’s frustration is reduced by the reduction in the distractions during his learning time, his ability to meet his sensory needs when he needs it and then be able to continue with a minimum of interruption. 

The awesome by-product of all of this is that he can focus more on his school work and has freed him up to feel more willing to socialize knowing his learning challenges have been addressed.

My son and I felt encouraged and validated. Your clarification of his challenges, your confirmation of the strategies that had already been implemented and your further provision of strategies has increased his self-esteem and has encouraged him to apply himself with a more positive attitude.

My son was encouraged by the success he experienced and the respect he received from you working with him. He is now gradually building his self-esteem, recognizing that he is not inadequate but that his difficulties are a result of a specific learning needs. 
My son now uses technology to answer questions without having to be overwhelmed by the grammar piece. He can focus on his ideas and then return to his work to correct spelling errors with word search and then separately focus on grammar and sentence structure.

Parent Workshop

I learned more from you (Susan) in 1 hour than I have from others over the years. 

Stop waiting for Occupational Therapy Support

Stop waiting for support

Your child's on a very LONG waiting list for OT services or maybe no list at all. Now what? 

You know your child needs help and an Occupational Therapist was recommended but there's a 2 or 4-year waiting list.  That's a VERY long time to wait. 

Or you might not even have your child on a waiting list because they are "doing ok." but you know differently.

So what can you do?  

1.  You can decide to reach out and find out what options you have for support. Just do it!  You can start with me. Reach out and I will review what I can offer you. It's a good start.  

2. You can make a decision to support your child now.  If you find a professional that fits what your child needs.  You can make a decision to move forward. Ask if there are payment plans that fit your budget. 

3. You can get the support you need without waiting. Knowing that there are supports available without the long wait is good to know :) 

But we might be used to waiting (even though this frustrates us).  

And we might even be used to not paying for supports that are best for our child. We are used to paying for a phone, a mortgage, car expenses but not always other new expenses that will have life-changing experience (which means that they will cost up front but will have lasting effects.  I had to acknowledge this barrier myself. 

And I want you to know that even if you wait, you might NOT get the support you want because the therapist you get depends on who works in your area and what experience and knowledge they have.  They might be an incredible support in one area but not in the area your child needs support with. I don't say this to be negative but to let you know that waiting maybe not be a good option for a few reasons.
So do you wait?? (you decide)

Let review a simple case study to see what one Mom decided to do: 

A mom knows her child needs support but an Occupational Therapist can't be referred until they have a diagnosis.  

She finds the right OT fit after reading an article about an OT.  

She reaches out to find out what supports can be offered (and if this fits what her and her child needs). They decide the fit is right and work together for 3 sessions over 4 months.  There is  progress made not only at home but in the school setting as well due to the strategies and plans but in place.  Strategies were set up for the summer months. And a plan for ongoing support for the next school year.  4-5 sessions for the next year.  

Here's a child that was not referred to OT but still received OT support.  

So whether you have your child on a waiting list or they don't qualify for OT support -- you don't have to wait.  You can get started now and see the progress you and your child need to see.  

Does this mean you need to take your child off the waiting list? NO, of course not!  Stay on the waiting list but until then get some strategies and plans in place for when the OT arrives (and with the gains your child has made and the insight you have, you will be able to work with the OT to look at very specific areas for support).  It truly is a win-win set up. 

P.S. just in case you were wondering you can do this to with my strategy sessions. Don't wait.  Make a decision to get the support you and your child need now. 


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!!



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


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 :) 





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!