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Occupational therapy best practices ask us to integrate knowledge into practice. Each episode offers a conversation aimed at translating the most current research into clinical action for occupational therapy practitioners. Produced by The STAR Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, in an effort to further our commitment to impacting the quality of life by developing and promoting best practices for sensory health and wellness through treatment, education, and research.

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Risky Play
Anita Bundy, ScD, OT/L, FAOTA, FOTARA is a professor and head of the occupational therapy department at Colorado State University. She has conducted decades of experiments and research in Risky Play. Listen as Dr. Bundy shares both the benefits of risk-taking in play and the developmental costs of being risk-averse. The views expressed in the following presentation are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of STAR Institute.   Resources Mentioned In this episode: Anita Bundy’s bio page, publications and awards at Colorado State University: Sydney Playground Project: Revised Knox Preschool Play Scale: Test of Playfulness (Bundy): Neumann, Eva: The Elements of Play Gregory Bateson's concept of “metacommunication”: David Ball: Playgrounds - risks, benefits and choices: Tim Gill: The Benefits of Children's Engagement with Nature: A Systematic Literature Review: Ellen Beate Hansen Sandseter: The Play Outside UBC Lab, led by Dr. Mariana Brussoni:   Episode transcript:  Carrie Schmitt  I'm joined today by Dr. Anita Bundy. She's an occupational therapist, and thank you so much for being here today, I would love for you to tell us a little bit about yourself.   Dr. Anita Bundy  My pleasure to be here. Thank you, Carrie. I am currently the department head in occupational therapy at Colorado State University. And I've been engaged in labor you search for a long time now,   Carrie Schmitt  I saw that was an area of interest and research among your many distinctions and awards, and all of the important work that you've done in our field. And when I asked you one of the topics you might be interested in talking about today, you mentioned risky play. And so I was able to, you're able to share some articles with me and I was able to go and look up some of your research, I would love to hear the pathway, maybe or some of the things that you've found early in your research or curiosities about play that led you to study risky play as a research category. And you've done some really important findings on the topic.   Dr. Anita Bundy  Well, I started studying play as part of my doctoral work. And I was, I was interested in the notion that therapists had and I think still have, but that maybe not as strongly now that if we helped children to develop skills, those skills would automatically be transferred into their everyday life. And so I was interested in that I was interested in studying the relationship and and I chose to study the relationship between motor skills, and am I needed something functional, that children would do, and I was interested in, you know, graduating in my own lifetime, and I wanted children to be willing to participate. And so I chose play. And so honestly, play was, for me, at that point, a matter of convenience. And so I did my doctoral study. And as I, I observed, a number of children playing. And as I did, I actually became quite fascinated with, with the play part of it with watching children who had some kinds of difficulties. And I had one child in particular, who will always stay with me, and he was a child who had a lot of sensory integrative issues. And he, he was playing outdoors, and I was watching him play outdoors. And he was really terribly, terribly boring to watch out towards he, he was climbing up the slide and going down the slide. And this, this child was sort of he was more t
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Reaching for Sustainable Behavioral Shifts: A Look Inside the Applied Educational Neuroscience Framework
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A Family’s Journey to Sensory Health
Parents of two boys with sensory differences discuss the experience of diagnosis and their pathway to building a sensory lifestyle for their family.
The Role of Occupational Therapy in Trauma Informed and Responsive Care: An OT’s Personal Story
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Making Sense Season 3 is Sponsored by Summit Sensory Gym
Making Sense Season 3 is Sponsored by Our Community Partner Summit Sensory GymAre you an occupational or physical therapist struggling to excite your patients with different therapeutic activities, or even worse are finding that your therapists and more importantly your patients are tired of the same old therapy? If you're like most practices are organizations, acquiring new patient referrals and converting them into ongoing patients is often very expensive and time consuming. This fact was proven in a recently completed survey of 500 patients. The outcomes of the survey showed patients are 18% more likely to cancel or no show their therapy session if they expected the therapy session to be a repeat of a previous session or lack any excitement. Have you ever wondered if there was a way to reduce patient cancellations and amplify a patient's therapy experience? Well, we've got some good news. This doesn't have to be the case with your practice or organization. Introducing Summit Sensory Gym, the industry leader in freestanding sensory therapy gym structures. Summit Sensory Gym is passionate about creating unexpected adventures through our multifunctional gym packed with all the therapeutic benefits you've always desired for your patients. Our freestanding sensory gym structures encourage patients to explore and learn fundamental lessons by inspiring imagination, adventure and learning. Whether you're looking to replace an existing therapy structure or design a custom sensory gym for your new facility, our commercial gym equipment, accessories and design capabilities will not disappoint. Summit Sensory Gym is fully equipped to take your visions of the perfect therapeutic gym structure and turn them into reality. Our time proven process finally calibrates these dreams into innovative, functional and life changing therapeutic assets that will help the lives of those we care for most. As the industry leader, we are proud to be the STAR Institute Community Partner. For a limited time Summit Sensory Gym is offering a $300 shipping credit for all sensory gym purchases. To learn more about Summit Sensory Gym, please visit us at or give us a call at 720-457-5500.
The Shift to Neurodiversity-affirming Psychological Assessment
The concept of neurodiversity is credited to a sociologist named Judy Singer. Neurodiversity recognizes and pays respect to the diversity of human minds, and the infinite variation in neurocognitive functioning within our species (Walker, 2014). Today, listen in as two clinical psychologists, Dr. Courtney McDonnell and Dr. Jared Kilmer, discuss what a neurodiversity affirming assessment pathway could look like.   Episode guests: Courtney McDonnell, Psy.D. & Jared Kilmer, PhD   Resources Mentioned In this episode:​ Game to Grow: Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI): Ritvo Autism Asperger Diagnoistic Scale, Revised (RAADS-R): Neurodiverse affirming therapists Facebook group: Dr. Joel H. Schwartz: MIGDAS-2: Monteiro Interview Guidelines for Diagnosing the Autism Spectrum, Second Edition How to ADHD on YouTube: Walker, N. (September 2014). Neurodiversity: Some basic terms and definitions. SPONSORED BY CALM STRIPS To learn more about Calm Strips and to purchase your strips today, visit Save 20% on your order for $20 or more with promo code CALMSTAR20.
Evidentiary support for Occupational Therapy’s Role in Empowering the Occupation of Caregiver in those caring for Autistic Loved Ones
Evidence-based practice is vital to focus the OT lens and voice in the autism community.  Occupational therapists are in a position to recognize the importance of the occupation of caregiver and provide evidence-based support in intervention when working with all clients. Today, we focus this conversation on autism intervention science.  Listen as this conversation unpacks the value of research in guiding us towards essential ingredients in support of caregiver agency with a focus on the parent-child dyad.   Episode guest: Carrie Alvarado, Ph.D., OTR   Resources Mentioned In this episode:​ Autism Community Network Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based Model training (DIRFloortime® model Green, J., & Garg, S. (2018). Annual research review: The State of Autism Intervention Science: Progress, target psychological and biological mechanisms and future prospects. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 59(4), 424–443. Pediatric Autism Communication Therapy Profectum Foundation   SPONSORED BY CALM STRIPS To learn more about Calm Strips and to purchase your strips today, visit Save 20% on your order for $20 or more with promo code CALMSTAR20.
5 Concrete Action Steps for Clinicians to Take in Response to Anti-black Racism in the Autism Clinical Pathway
The clinical pathway for Autism services is complex. Anti-black racism within that pathway is well-established in the literature.  This pervasive, systemic racism affects every step of the pathway from early caregiver concerns to accessing intervention.  This conversation begins with raising awareness around this issue and ends with five action steps clinicians can take to respond to the anti-black racism in the autism clinical pathway. Episode guest: Aksheya Sridhar, M.A. and Diondra Straiton, M.A Resources Mentioned In this episode:​ Beagan, B. L. (2021). Commentary on racism in occupational science. Journal of Occupational Science, 28(3), 410–413. Farias, L., & Simaan, J. (2020). Introduction to the Anti-Racism Virtual Issue of the Journal of Occupational Science. Journal of Occupational Science, 27(s1), 454–459. Grenier, M.-L. (2020). Cultural competency and the reproduction of White supremacy in occupational therapy education. Health Education Journal, 79(6), 633–644. Kronenberg, F. (2020). Commentary on JOS Editorial Board’s Anti-Racism Pledge. Journal of Occupational Science, 27(s1), 398–403. Primary Care Clinical Pathway for Autism Screening and Referral: Project Impact: Straiton, D., & Sridhar, A. (2021). Short report: Call to action for autism clinicians in response to anti-black racism. Autism, 136236132110436. Straiton & Sridhar resource website:   SPONSORED BY CALM STRIPS To learn more about Calm Strips and to purchase your strips today, visit Save 20% on your order for $20 or more with promo code CALMSTAR20.
The role of Pre-conscious Sensory Processing in Embodied Occupation
Occupational therapists recognize the importance of occupation to well-being. This episode explores the essential contribution of sensation to the way occupation is expressed in humans. From socio-cultural experiences to sensory habits, listen as Drs. Bailliard and Schmitt explore occupation with a wide lens. Episode guest: Antoine Bailliard, Ph.D., OTR/LResources Mentioned In this episode:​ American Occupational Therapy Association. (2020). Occupational therapy practice framework: Domain and process (4th ed.). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74(Suppl. 2), 7412410010. https://doi. org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S2001 Atzil, S., Gao, W., Fradkin, I. et al. Growing a social brain. Nat Hum Behav 2, 624–636 (2018). Dr. Bailliard’s Keynote at Colorado State University: Bailliard, A.L (2013). The Embodied Sensory Experiences of Latino Migrants to Smalltown, North Carolina. Journal of Occupational Science, 20(2), 120-130. DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2013.774931 Bailliard, A.L., Carroll, A., & Dallman, A.R. (2018). The Inescapable Corporeality of Occupation: Integrating Merleau-Ponty into the Study of Occupation. Journal of Occupational Science, 25(2), 222-233. DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2017.1397536 Clear, J. (2019). Atomic habits an Easy & proven way to build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones. Penguin Audio, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group. John Dewey: Frank Kronenberg: Lisa Feldman Barrett: Maurice Merleau-Ponty: Pierre Bourdieu: Van der Kolk, B.A. (2015). The body keeps the score: Brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma. Penguin Books.   SPONSORED BY CALM STRIPS To learn more about Calm Strips and to purchase your strips today, visit Save 20% on your order for $20 or more with promo code CALMSTAR20.
Understanding the Profound Impact of Play through an Interpersonal Neurobiological Lens
Play is a child’s occupation and has a profound impact on attachment and neuro-development. Therapeutic and developmental experiences benefit from a deeper understanding of the importance and impact of play. Today, Carrie Schmitt and Mim Ochsenbein unpack The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Play by highlighting and defining Play, while considering both the impact of play on brain development and the way that play in the context of relationship is powerful for driving development.    Resources Mentioned In this episode:​ Brown, S. L., & Vaughan, C. C. (2010). Play: How it shapes the brain, opens the imagination, and invigorates the soul. Avery. De Waal, F (2019). Mama's last hug: Animal emotions and what they tell us about ourselves. W. W. Norton & Company. Kestly, T. (2014). The interpersonal neurobiology of play : Brain-building interventions for emotional well-being (First ed., Norton series on interpersonal neurobiology). New York: W.W. Norton & Company. Stephen Porges on Polyvagal Theory: Dan Siegel on Interpersonal Neurobiology: Yogman, M., Garner, A., Hutchinson, J., Hirsh-Pasek, K., & Golinkoff, R. M. (2018). The power of play: A pediatric role in enhancing development in young children. Pediatrics, 142(3).   SPONSORED BY CALM STRIPS To learn more about Calm Strips and to purchase your strips today, visit Save 20% on your order for $20 or more with promo code CALMSTAR20.
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4.2 out of 5
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decOatmen 2021/04/25
Wonderful resource for all things SPD
I’ve only just begun listening to this podcast but I’ve already learned so much. It is not lost on me how lucky I am to be able to access all of this ...
Bwv878 2023/02/27
Another podcast trying…
Another podcast trying to piggyback on the success of the more popular “Making Sense” podcast.
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