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Tags are too itchy, seams are too irritating, pants are either too tight or too loose; the shoes don't feel "just right". Whatever the clothing issue is, I've heard it all. As a pediatric Occupational Therapist, clothing sensitivities is one of the most common challenges I support in my professional practice and in my person life. Listen to this episode for my tips on knowing when you need to intervene and what some of my favorite strategies are. Links: Transcript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/39instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterflyFree clothing sensitivity list: www.theotbutterfly.com/sensoryclothesFrom Stressed to Dressed Home Program: www.theotbutterfly.com/ebookopenemail: LauraPetix@TheOTButterfly.comwork with me: www.theotbutterfly.com/parentconsult
Dealing with power struggles and push back from your child when you just want them to clean up, get dressed, brush their teeth or simply transition from one activity to the next can be exhausting. While I wish I had a child who would just do what I say when I say it with no tricks, unfortunately, I have a very opinionated, strong willed girl and sometimes I need to get creative with motivating her to do things, rather than pulling the “because I said so” card, which always ends in an battle. These are my top 6 tricks for getting your child to cooperate with non-preferred tasks. Links: Transcript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/38instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterflyemail: LauraPetix@TheOTButterfly.comwork with me: www.theotbutterfly.com/parentconsult
When you have a child who’s neurodivergent, should you talk to them about their neurodiversity? When should you talk to them about their neurodiversity? And most importantly, HOW do you talk to them about it? All those questions answered in this episode. Links: Work with me: www.theotbutterfly.com/parentconsultTranscript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/37instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterflyEpisode 31 How to talk to friends and family about neurodiversity email: LauraPetix@TheOTButterfly.com
Even when young children drop their last nap, research shows it’s still important for their brain to have downtime and to rest. But how on Earth do you get a young child to stay in their room if they’re not napping? Listen to this episode to learn how you can get started, no matter how old your child is. Links: Transcript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/36instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterflyemail: LauraPetix@TheOTButterfly.comwork with me: www.theotbutterfly.com/parentconsultResearch: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1745691612447308Research: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/mental-downtime/ Hatch light: https://amzn.to/3an60Rf 
You've heard me say the system is broken, but did you know it's broken even for those of us who work IN the system? As a pediatric OT, I have had to jump through hurdles and hoops just to get medical professionals to actively listen to my concerns about my daughter. Just when I thought I got the "golden ticket" for an eval, another hurdle pops up.Listen to this episode to  get caught up with where I'm at with Liliana's journey to getting evaluated and accessing services. Transcript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/35instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterflyemail: LauraPetix@TheOTButterfly.comwork with me: www.theotbutterfly.com/parentconsult
Sticker charts, reward charts, token systems almost always work, until they don't. I've seen sticker charts backfire more often than not, especially when used in a way with neurodivergent children to manipulate or change their behavior. In this episode, I detail why I don't love using these approaches with neurodivergent children and an alternative way to think about discipline. In the end, you can make the decision on what works best for your family. Links:Transcript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/34instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterflyemail: LauraPetix@TheOTButterfly.comwork with me: www.theotbutterfly.com/parentconsult
In this episode, I share clips from my recent masterclass that talks about the 3 biggest mistakes I see parents make with their sensory sensitive child (I have made these mistakes as well!)You'll also learn one of the best ways you can support your child's meltdowns, and what the just right challenge is. If you listen to this episode between May 15th and May 20th 2022, the Sensory W.I.S.E. Solutions program is open for enrollment.Links: instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterflyemail: LauraPetix@TheOTButterfly.comWatch the masterclass until May 20th: www.theotbutterfly.com/masterclassJoin the summer SWS cohort: www.theotbutterfly.com/wisesummer
If you follow me on instagram, you know that mornings before school are the hardest times for us. Now I'm letting you in to witness what a mostly typical morning sounds like for us. In these audio clips, you'll hear my daughter struggle with her anxiety about clothes, her having a meltdown (and how I respond to the meltdown) + my processing of emotions after the morning meltdown.At the end of the episode, you'll also hear me go through my process for "repairing" with her the next morning after having an extremely hard evening the night before. Links: WebsiteFREE Sensory Meltdown Masterclass InstagramWork with me 1:1Sensory is Behavior course for parents
When you have a neurodivergent child, most family gatherings, playdates or holiday parties can usually come with a lot of extra stress. Maybe you have well-meaning friends or family who want to help during a meltdown. Or the judgey Aunt who always makes a comment about your child's diet.Parents always ask me, how can they advocate for their child's needs and still show up to these family parties? Listen to this episode to find out my "script"Transcript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/31instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterflyemail: LauraPetix@TheOTButterfly.comNew- Sensory Is Behavior course: www.theotbutterfly.com/behaviorInstagram small sensory cup reelInstagram large sensory cup reelwork with me: www.theotbutterfly.com/parentconsult
In honor of OT month, I’ve spent all month diving deeper into some common topics and ways that OT can help support you and your child in daily tasks or activities. For this final episode, I’m going to talk about the best routes for you to get started working with an OT, and also feature some VIP parents who shared some amazing testimony about how OT has changed their life.Links: Sensory Is Behavior Mini Course for Parents: www.theotbutterfly.com/behaviorTranscript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/30instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterflyemail: LauraPetix@TheOTButterfly.comwork with me: www.theotbutterfly.com/parentconsult
Happy OT month! In the U.S.,  we are celebrating the field of Occupational Therapy in April, and I’m celebrating it by spreading awareness about all the wonderful ways OT can help people be successful in their everyday lives. I recently did an episode on handwriting, which was episode 29. Today we are talking about picky eating, a topic that MANY parents face at one point in their parenting journey.Some parents’ journey with their child’s picky eating is a little more severe than others, and we’re going to cover it all today. We’ll talk about the skills that are required for eating, how sensory processing is related to eating, how OT helps picky eating, and lastly when it’s time to seek support from an OT. 
Did you know that handwriting development depends on a solid foundation of sensory processing skills? Really, all of our motor output (both gross and fine motor) become refined and developed after sensory skills have been established. So, it’s pretty common for some kids with handwriting challenges to have underlying sensory processing issues. In this episode, we’ll talk about: common handwriting development struggles, when it’s time to seek OT support for handwriting challenges, and how OT can help with handwriting challenges. Links: Transcript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/28instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterflyemail: LauraPetix@TheOTButterfly.comwork with me: www.theotbutterfly.com/parentconsultblog with BusyToddler: https://busytoddler.com/2022/01/learning-handwriting/
Dr. Tina Bryson is going to share some strategies to help you with night time routine struggles. We’ll also talk about how this might look different or be a little harder with a neurodivergent child, and when you might benefit from seeking support from an Occupational Therapist.Episode Links:Transcript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/27instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterflyemail: LauraPetix@TheOTButterfly.comwork with me: www.theotbutterfly.com/parentconsult Connect with Dr. Bryson: https://www.instagram.com/tinapaynebryson/ https://www.facebook.com/TinaPayneBrysonPhD https://twitter.com/tinabryson www.TinaBryson.comLinks for Dr. Bryson's Center https://www.thecenterforconnection.org/ot-homehttps://www.instagram.com/at_the_Center/https://www.facebook.com/thecfcn
As an Occupational Therapist, I get asked all the time what my thoughts are on ABA, and if I think ABA is harmful. Keep reading to learn more about an OT’s perspective on ABA therapy, some alternatives to ABA therapy, and how to ensure your Autistic child can thrive even if they are in ABA therapy. ABA (Applied behavioral analysis) therapy is a type of intervention where people are trained in behavioral analysis and use that lens to manipulate (either increase a certain behavior or reduce another behavior) behaviors in children, it’s most often used and associated with Autistic children. I’ll be talking about my thoughts on ABA as an intervention for Autistic children, and discuss the practices that have made ABA seem harmful to the Autistic community. Links: Transcript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/26instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterflyemail: LauraPetix@TheOTButterfly.comwork with me: www.theotbutterfly.com/parentconsultSponsor my coffe: www.theotbutterfly.com/coffeeABA & PTSD research article: https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/AIA-08-2017-0016/full/html?fbclid=IwAR3vN0MwnuJKqtpB1ml0W3WdY5wqofD_3XvsqwfNhtnaQvbxQxM2IVzwGlo
Join me and the amazing Mr. Chazz Lewis as he educates us on what Conscious Discipline is, and what it isn't...and more importantly, how you can apply conscious discipline methods to a neurodivergent child. Mr. Chazz's mission is to help adults truly see, guide and trust children. He is pushing the needle a little closer toward world peace. He goes by, “Mr.Chazz” and he even has a song to prove it.  He has been a teacher of teachers and parents for a decade. He has worked with many schools, thousands of teachers and thousands of children.   He has trained thousands of teachers in person and virtually.Links: Transcript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/25instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterflemail: LauraPetix@TheOTButterfly.comwork with me: www.theotbutterfly.com/parentconsultConscious Discipline Books: “Easy to Love Difficult to Discipline”Work with Mr. Chazz: www.patreon.com/mrchazzMr. Chazz TikTok: www.tiktok.com/mrchazzmrchazzMr. Chazz Instagram: @mrchazzMr. Chazz Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mr-chazzs-leadership-parenting-and-teaching-podcast/id1525418064
Making the most out of your child’s OT services (that you had to fight tooth and nail for, go down very deep internet rabbit holes and stalk the local mom group just to find) is important, but how? In this episode, I’ll be answering common questions I get from parents, like what to do if your child isn’t making progress, how you can ask your OT to support you in non-traditional ways, when it might be time to take a break or pause from OT, and even some signs that you may need to switch therapists. Links: Work with me: www.theotbutterfly.com/parentconsultTranscript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/24 instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterflyemail: LauraPetix@TheOTButterfly.com
How can you best prepare your sensory child (and yourself) before a stressful event like going to a Doctor visit or going to the Dentist? I’ve got a list of practical tips and some mindset shifts that can set you up for success for the next time. Links: Work with me: www.theotbutterfly.com/parentconsultTranscript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/23instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterflyemail: LauraPetix@TheOTButterfly.com
Did you know that there’s a difference between a meltdown and a tantrum? It’s important for parents and professionals to differentiate between the two because it gives us so much insight into our children and allows us to better support them in the best ways. Listen to this episode’s interview with Dr. AnnLouise Lockhart to find out how to identify the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum and some important tips to keep you on the right track. Links: Transcript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/22 instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterflywebsite/blog: www.theotbutterfly.comemail: LauraPetix@TheOTButterfly.comwork with me: www.theotbutterfly.com/parentconsultMore SPD parent resources: www.sensorywisesolutions.com Buy me a coffee &  me a question for a future episode: www.theotbutterfly.com/coffeeDr. Lockhart links: instagram @dr.annlouise.lockhart Dr. Lockhart website: www.AnewdaySA.com
One thing I’m always preaching to my clients, my in person clients, my virtual parent coaching clients and the parents in the Sensory WISE Solutions program is that it’s important to have the “sensory cup” talk with your child. You know, as long as they have the language capabilities to understand. It’s important for your child to understand that their brain processes sensory input differently and it’s even more important for them to understand that there’s nothing wrong with that. Listen to this episode to see how I talk about it with my 4 year old. Links: Enroll in Sensory W.I.S.E. Solutions January cohort: www.theotbutterfly.com/wise2022 Transcript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/21 instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterflyemail: LauraPetix@TheOTButterfly.com
All behavior is a form of communication, but sometimes it can be hard to decipher what our children are communicating. When kids hit, kick, spit, punch, throw or push, parents often ask me, “is this sensory or is it behavior?” I’m here to end that debate once and for all. Well, maybe not end it, but at least help you reframe it.Because what the real question should be is “What is it my child is trying to communicate with me right now?”Listen to this episode to hear more about the sensory and behavior link. Links: Sign up for the masterclass at: www.theotbutterfly.com/masterclassTranscript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/20 instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterflywebsite/blog: www.theotbutterfly.comemail: LauraPetix@TheOTButterfly.com
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