We are constantly programming our brains. While the brain is the main computer that drives so many functions of mind and body, it is also a computer we train with our thoughts and actions, mostly unconsciously.
Researchers are able to determine how well parts of our brains are functioning based on our handwriting. When there is a disruption in this process, clues to what’s happening in the brain can be seen in a person’s ability to write or draw. When a trained professional looks at a person’s handwriting and detects certain errors, a diagnosis of dysgraphia may be made.
A child is born and the one sense they have myelinated and ready for use is sound, so they turn their head to a sound and their limbs move automatically as a reflex action. Over the next 7 years the child will, hopefully, pass through the stages of development to gain conscious control of all their motor skills – it is a very busy time in a child’s life.
Short-term memory is the type of memory that holds onto information while we process it.
For example, while reading, we need to be able to remember the information at the beginning of a sentence in order to make sense of it once we get to the end.
Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with an Occupational Therapist about how Forbrain® has worked in her practice, and why she considers it a staple in her therapy toolbox.
Long before a child learns to read, we can predict and influence which level of reading they will be capable of. We can observe their vocabulary use, ability to name letters, and how well they are at attributing sounds to letters. The ability to recognize and attribute sounds to letters is referred to as phonological awareness.
Simply put, bone conduction is the process by which we perceive sound through bones in the skull.
There is often confusion about the difference between hearing and listening. This is partly because listening depends on the ability to hear. Generally, however, hearing refers to the ability to process sounds and is considered an automatic process that is not consciously directed. The physiology of the ear and the brain is such that sound waves are received in the ear and sent to the brain for automatic decoding.
April is the National OT Month in the U.S., meaning occupational therapists get 30 days to celebrate everything that makes their profession one of a kind! Every year the American Occupational Therapy Association, AOTA, represents 213,000 occupational therapy practitioners and students in the United States. AOTA educates the public and advances the profession by providing resources, setting standards, and serving as an advocate to improve health care.
Sensory processing, or sensory integration, refers to the way your nervous system interprets sensory messages and turns them into the appropriate physical responses.