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They used a real slate and everything. CLAP!

Seriously busy week here! Among other chaos, I filmed an interview with the instructor for an online course about family-centered occupational therapy for autism on Friday. I played the parent, which really stretched my acting skill, and the instructor demonstrated the kinds of questions that should be asked in an initial interview. It was fun and the instructor was awesome. She demonstrated sharp listening skills and was friendly and personable to boot. She even offered to send me resources on techniques we might consider trying.

This morning I’m doing another one, with a different instructor, this time about feeding issues. As you know, we have lots of those. I’m looking forward to the interview and any resources this instructor has to offer.

They’re both for OT training purposes, so I doubt anyone I know will ever see them, but it’s cool to know they’re out there.

Speaking of OTs, one of ours sent me an email today about a new study regarding parent coaching on daily living skills. For those unfamiliar with ADLs,

Parent coaching sessions will discuss how you support your child during daily living skills activities which may include, but not be limited to, self-care (dressing, bathing, toileting, oral care), home participation (such as age-appropriate chores), and community expectations (such as joining the parent for grocery shopping, community events, or family outings).

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The study is local to the Puget Sound area, so in case any local people want to participate, here’s the email:

Dear Parent, 

You are receiving this letter because your family meets criteria required to participate in free parent coaching, provided by me, Teresa Fair-Field, OTR/L, as part of a study completing the requirements of my Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) degree in coordination with OT Clubhouse (Sandbox Therapy Group) and Chatham University’s Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program.  The project aims to determine if parents/guardians of children (ages 3-12) on the autism spectrum are benefited by a parent coaching program targeting the parent who is supporting the child’s daily living skills.

Please read the attached letter when you are deciding if you would like to participate.  A hard copy of this letter will also be sent to your home.

If you’d like to find out more information, please call the dedicated voice mailbox (*) and leave your name, phone number, and email address.

Thank you in advance for your time.

If you’re interested, PM me and I’ll give you the phone number for the voice mailbox.