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10 Quick things to declutter.

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One thing I like to do on my blog, make lists. I like my lists short and sweet.  Not a lot of words to describe a single action.  Just tell me what needs to be done and list it.  So here it is. My short list of things to declutter.

1. Outdoor Winter Clothing.  Get rid of what didn’t work.  Repair and clean anything that needs it for the next winter.  Make a list of what you need to replace.

2. Reusable bags.  It could be plastic, paper or cloth.

3. Carry-on and Totes.

4. Suitcases and duffle bags.  Sometimes you just need a new one.

5. Keys.  You have 10 keys on your key ring.  Do you know what they go to?

6. Shoes.  What do your flip flops and slippers look like?

7. Beach items and Swim stuff.  Do the water guns work?  Are the beach towels clean? Can you find your 12 year old’s goggles?

8. Holiday Paper and tape.  Is it time to recycle the candy cane paper you’ve used for the last 5 Christmases?

9. Address Book. Clean out your contacts.  It can be on paper or online.

10. Pantry. Really?  Those date bar cookies have been in there long enough.

Happy Cleaning!

Family

Sensory Disorder and My Son Part 2.

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In addition to Sensory Modulation, another category under the umbrella term of Sensory Processing disorder is Sensory Based Motor Disorder. In a Sensory Based Motor Disorder a person has difficulty with balance, motor coordination and the performance of skilled non-habit tasks. One of the subcategories is Postural Disorder.  A postural disorder is impaired perception of body position, poor movement of patterns that depend on core stability, and have weak or poor endurance. A person with Postural  Disorder has difficulty in stabilizing their body when in movement or in rest. Symptoms include leaning and slouching a lot, more sedentary and weak. Symptoms also include tiring easily, having poor balance or have problems with your fine or gross motor skills.

My son has a few of these issues such as leaning a lot, he also has difficulty with endurance and balance.  My son has been diagnosed with Dyspraxia.

Dyspraxia is difficulty in thinking, planning or executing skilled movements particularly those that are novel in pattern. Dyspraxia can affect fine and gross motor skills.  It can also affect speech. Symptoms can include problems using cutlery, buttons, cleaning, problems with using locks and keys, self care, writing, typing, riding a bike, and typing shoelaces.  The sufferer can appear clumsy.  Symptoms in early childhood can include difficulty in comforting, feeding issues, problems with sleep, and delayed motor development.

My son’s symptoms in dyspraxia include great difficulty in handwriting with no improvement over time.  We had to get a special allowance to do things verbally or on the computer.  We taught him to type and he is the go to person for teachers on all things I pad. He has difficulty in sport which has lead to social problems in school.  He has difficulty in cutting food, buttoning things, using snaps and tying his shoelaces.  He tries to minimize these things as much as possible.  He will get so frustrated that he will give up.  I can’t blame him.  No matter how smart he is or how hard he tries it is an issue. My son also has all the symptoms of early childhood like appearing clumsy, sleeping problems, and feeding issues.  I was glad that there was finally a term for him.  So people would not say he is lazy or not trying hard.

While Dyspraxia and Postural disorder share a few common symptoms they are different disorders.  A qualified Occupational Therapist can diagnose you more accurately.

My son was diagnosed dyspraxia with disgraphia. I will cover disgraphia in another post.

The final sub area of Sensory Disorder is Sensory Discrimination Disorder.  Sensory Discrimination Disorder is a disorder in how sensory stimuli are perceived and meaning attributed to them.  Each sense can be affect separately or simultaneously by different interpretations of stimuli.

For instance, my son experiences touch differently in both clothing, fabrics and food.  He also seeks out physical touch of others as a way of calming himself.  So he loves hugs and cuddles.  He will often hold your hand or lean against you even if he is not tired.  My son often thinks he hears things said that were not.  Now, I’m not sure this is sensory, but have a hunch it is his ADHD. Another disorder for another time. In addition to his normal five senses.  This area adds position/movement and interoception to the sense list.  I know my son has issues with interoception.  It is how you interpret stimuli from internal organs.  He has great difficulty expressing what is going on with him when he is ill.  He can never tell me how his stomach hurts.  He just says it hurts.  Trying to get additional information is difficult.

Well this is the end of my posts explaining the areas of Sensory Processing Disorder.  In my next post (on Sensory Disorder) I will explain my son’s experiences with treatment of this disorder and the results.  I will also go into what I would do differently and what I plan on doing in future.  Stay tuned!

*Hey guys, I’m just a mom trying to get blog posts in between laundry loads.  This article is for entertainment purposes only.  I’m not a doctor.  If you think you have questions on Sensory Disorder ask a real medical professional okay?  Information sources: http://www.spdstar.org, moynatalcer.co.uk, dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk.

 

 

Food

Ten Terms to Know for Cooking

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I wish I could say I love to cook.  Honestly it is the least favorite household chore I do.  I did not grow up in a cooking family.  Our joke was if it didn’t come out of a box and you couldn’t add water our mother didn’t make it. Well, we thought it was funny.  Mom not so much. Even if it was true.

As an adult, I tried to cook a variety of dishes.  Cookbooks were my best friends.  I wish I could say that I have a natural ability to cook, but I don’t. So as I use these cookbooks I also need to understand some of the vocabulary used. Here is a list of ten cooking words that I’ve run across in reading or watching television shows and their meanings.

Albert Sauce: A horseradish sauce with a base of butter, flour and cream.

Alfredo Sauce: A sauce made with heavy cream, butter, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.

Ceviche: An appetizer from Latin America made of raw fish marinated in citrus juice.

Bearnaise: A sauce made from a reduction of vinegar, wine, tarragon, shallots and finished with egg yolks and butter.

Acai: A dark purple berry from Central and South America that is rich in nutrients.

Cacciatore: Meaning to prepare food “hunter style” with mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, herbs and wine.

Aioli: A garlic mayonaisse

Acini de pepe: Is Italian for peppercorns. Pronounced ah-chee-nee dee-Pay-pay which in cooking can mean tiny rice shaped pasta.

Caffeine: An organic compound found to stimulate the nervous system, release insulin, stimulate heart and kidneys, and dilate the blood vessels.

All Spice: A spice named due to the fact it tastes like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. It is taken from the berry of the evergreen pimiento tree from Jamaica.

Happy Cooking!

 

 

Family

My Sensory Son.

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Sensory disorder.  It’s seems like a new thing right?  Twenty years ago we never heard much about it.  While it’s always been there, sensory processing disorder isn’t new.  Sensory Integration disorder was first defined by Occupational Therapist Anna Jean Ayres in 1972. Unfortunately, at this time the medical literature does not recognize as a medical or psychological concern.

Sensory Processing Disorder also known as Sensory Integration Disorder is broken down into three categories: Sensory Modulation, Sensory Based Motor Disorder, and Sensory Discrimination Disorder.  Sensory Integration Disorder means that the brain does not have the ability to respond to the stimuli of the environmental in an accurate way.  It can manifest by over responding to stimuli, under responding to stimuli or crave stimuli.

The first group of Categories under the Sensory Processing umbrella is Sensory Modulation.  Sensory modulation has three subcategories.  These sub categories include over responding, under responding, and craving responses. By over responding to stimuli people can startle easy, be picky eaters, have issues with clothing, personal care issues, moodiness, frustrated easily, meltdowns are out of proportion, can be overwhelmed by noisy or busy situation.  They have a strong fight or flight response and will avoid uncomfortable situations.

My own son “E” meets the over response. He startles easy. He has ever since he was a baby.  Loud noises scare him. He is an exceptionally picky eater.  He refuses to eat fruits or veggies based on texture or how they feel in his mouth.  His list of foods he will eat gets smaller each year.  It’s frustrating for me.  He will only wear cotton t-shirts and silky basketball pants.  In a pinch I can get him to wear sweats.  Regular clothing with tags or jeans with pockets feel awful to him. He prefers to wear hoodies and fleece to regular winter wear.  So often he is cold. For his bedding he has to sleep on a velour blanket instead of the cotton sheets.  Then he prefers fuzzy pillows and a large comforter.  He did not like a weighted blanket at all.  Tactile is everything. Personal care is an issues as he does not like to comb his hair as it is painful for him.  He has recently become frustrated as well, and is showing signs of anxiety and depression. He is trying to avoid numerous of situations to keep himself calm.  It creates huge issues for all of us.  The stress is unavoidable.

For those who suffer from under responsive reaction to stimuli it can manifest itself as quiet and passive.  They lack the ability to detect and respond to correct stimuli.  Symptoms include unfocused, overweight, craves spicy or salty foods, a high pain tolerance, low muscle tone, poor fine motor skills and clumsy.

Now my son has a few of these traits.  He is unfocused.  However, I think this has more to do with his ADHD.  He also has poor muscle tone, poor fine motor skills and is clumsy.  That being said.  I do not believe he is under responsive based on his reactions over the years.

The final sub-category is sensory seeking. Those who are sensory seeking display an strong desire for sensory input. They will crave sweets, crash into things like walls for the sensation, run, skip or jump everywhere, cannot sit still, has to touch everything and cannot identify where their space ends and yours begins. Often their reactions are at opposite ends of the spectrum from what is considered normal.

For my own child he loves sweats!  I think this is normal for every kid and I don’t see an over the top response. He does like to crash into walls and run, jump and skip everywhere.  When I ask him why, he says he needs to get his energy out.  Can a child have more than one subcategory?  I am not an Occupational Therapist or expert but I don’t see why not.

Sounds like a lot of other disorders doesn’t it? Sensory Processing Disorder can coexist and/or mask many other types of issues such as ADHD, Anxiety,  and more.  Each sensory system can have a disorder in it.  The systems are: visual, auditory, tactile, smell, taste,vestibular, proprioception, and interoception. Vestibular means relating to or affecting the perception of body position and movement. Proprioception means the reception of stimuli produced within an organism. Interoception means relating to or being stimuli arising within the body and especially in the viscera (internal organs).

Each sub-type has different symptoms, and severity based on the individual.  Therefore individual assessment is needed. Treatment is also individually based depending on symptoms and severity.

In the next post we will look at Sensory Based Motor Disorder.

Please note: I am not a professional.  I am just a mom.  I am not a substitute for a medical professional. If you have any questions or concerns about your own health or that of someone you love, please see a medical professional.  This information is for entertainment uses only and not a substitution for a doctor.

Sources: Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Star Institute http://www.spdstar.org, http://www.sensationalbrain.com, and WebMD.

 

Clothing

10 Fashion Terms to know.

Yes, its another time for a fun and informative ten fashion terms to know.  Impress your friends with your new fashionista vocab! This monthly feature will have you sounded like a insider in no time.

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Acrylic: Generic name for fibers and yarn that are man made from resin. Acrylic is considered an easy care item that can retain it’s shape. Used in sweaters, hosiery and dresses.

Admiralty Cloth: A Melton-type fabric used by the British Navel forces for officer’s uniforms and coats.

Cadet Blue: A light blue grey color worn by cadets at various military academies.

Cadet Cloth:  A heavy flannel cloth used for overcoats by military academy cadets in a blue grey color.

Damask:  A fabric made in a Jacquard weave in a pattern of various sizes. It reverses on the other side. Originally from Damascus, Syria.

Diadem: A crown or headpiece wider and higher toward the front.

Ikat: A method of dyeing yarn pronounced ee-kat from Malaysia.

Muslin: A fabric of plain weave in various weights that can be used in sheets, pillowcases to summer dresses and blouses. Fabric is lustrous, long wearing, soft and washable.

Rayon: A term for man-made fibers taken from trees, cotton, and wood plants. Used for it’s low cost, it can be woven or knitted. It drapes and dyes well, but wrinkles easily. Used in undergarments, dresses and shirts.

Ready-to-wear: Clothing that is mass produced in a variety of standard sizes. The first ready to wear dresses debuted in Paris in 1792.

 

 

 

 

 

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Journaling

April Journal Prompts.

  1. Write about the worst experience you had in your childhood. Did you think it was bad at the time. Any hindsight?
  2. What spring flower are you looking forward to the most? Draw a picture, take a picture or cut one out for your journal.
  3. What does your Easter Basket contain? What would be in the ideal adult Easter basket?
  4. What baby animal are you looking forward to seeing the most come spring?
  5. What are your summer plans?
  6. Write a page on your favorite tv show currently on.
  7. Write a page on one of your hobbies.  Include a history if you can.  Paste in photos of completed projects.
  8.  What film character would you most like to be? Why??
  9. What is your favorite film series?  Which is your favorite film in the series and why?
  10. What is one thing from your bucket list you have done?