Subject: July Newsletter

    July 2017 | Volume 1 | Issue 6
DICP Digest 
A monthly newsletter for clients and colleagues of Development is CHILD'S PLAY!

Hello Summer!

We hope you are having a fun-filled summer, and are enjoying vacations and stay-cations alike. This seems to be the summer of the fidget spinner (although by the time this is published, I'm sure the next fad or favorite will be here and the spinners will be in the junk drawer). For some thoughts about the use of fidgets, read on!

Our summer fun included upgrading our in-ceiling suspension system to make everything even safer and more secure. We also have a new zip-line which is stronger and more versatile, so we hope the kids enjoy the new equipment! 

For some really exciting news, CEO and co-owner of DICP, Sahana, was named by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of the recipients of the 40 Under 40 award! We can't wait to share more information with you when the article is published. Congratulations Sahana!!

For some less exciting news, you should have received a fall scheduling form from your therapist during the last week or two.  If you have not, please check with the office or ask for one to be emailed to you. Fall forms are due by this Friday, July 14th at 5pm.  When you fill them out, we ask that you give us all of your available windows of time so we can squeeze everyone in who would like to be seen. While we like to try and keep our schedules consistent, we know that the school year will bring longer days and an increase in after-school activities. Even if you really really really want your same day and time, please fill out the form with all of your child's availability just in case we need to make changes to accommodate another family. We do our best to make everyone happy. 

If you are planning to take vacations during the second half of the summer and will miss an OT session, please let your therapist know as soon as you get your trip planned so she can get those dates on the calendar.

The therapists and staff at Development is CHILD'S PLAY!

Friday, July 14: Fall Scheduling Forms are Due
Please drop off, email, mail, or fax your completed fall scheduling forms by 5pm on Friday July 14th. You are also welcome to call the office and tell the office manager what your preferences are. 

Saturday, July 15: Sensory Gym
Please check with the office about start time.

Saturday, July 22: Sensory Gym
Please check with the office about start time.

Saturday, July 29: Sensory Gym
Please check with the office about start time.

Saturday, August 5: Sensory Gym
Please check with the office about start time.

Saturday, August 12: Sensory Gym
Please check with the office about start time.

Monday, August 14: Fall Schedule Begins!
If your child is still on their summer schedule and in camp or not yet in school this week, please let your therapist know.

Therapist Vacations
If your therapist is out on vacation, we still want to see you! Please note the following planned vacation days, and we will do our best to find another therapist who can see your child at or near their scheduled time.

Joy Ho: 
  • July 13: Joy will be out for her late afternoon sessions, so please talk to her about your schedule for the day.
  • July 28 - 29
Kerry Bunger: 
  • July 25 - 27
Sahana Baker-Malone:
  • July 26 - 29
Hana Ju:
  • August 9
Karen Swinehart
  • August 16 - 17
Meet NhuMai Do

When you stop by the office you may see a familiar face behind the office manager's desk. Unfortunately, Lucy is no longer our office manager and we miss her at DICP, but we are happy to announce that NhuMai Do, one of our fantastic OT Aides was offered the office manager position. We love that one of our own is now here every day as the office manager, and NhuMai has some great ideas. We are truly lucky to have her in this new role!

NhuMai received her undergraduate degree from UCSB with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Asian American Studies. Her work history as a teacher's aide and ACES behavior interventionist place her in an ideal position to work here with us, as well as to pursue a career in occupational therapy. NhuMai is currently applying to join the OT programs at either USC or San Jose State University in the Fall of 2018.  

NhuMai was born in Vietnam and her family moved to California when she was 1 year old. She has an older sister who lives in Hayward and an older brother who lives in San Diego with his wife and daughter. NhuMai says her niece is super cute and has so much personality already - she can't wait to see her grow more and more. Her boyfriend of 2 years lives in Pinole, so they usually see each other on the weekends.

NhuMai's thirst for travel has increased as soon as she graduated from college. In the last year, she has been able to visit New York, Texas, Hawaii, and areas in California that she never explored before. NhuMai has plans to travel to Asia, Paris, London, and Iceland in the next year or two. When she's not travelling, working, or studying, NhuMai likes being outdoors, going hiking, trying new restaurants, and laughing, talking, and eating with her friends and family.

NhuMai says:"At a young age, I always knew I wanted to work in health care to help people. I discovered my passion for working with children when I worked as a teacher’s assistant at UCSB. For me, working with children was therapeutic. I enjoyed hearing their laughter, witnessing their growth,
talking to them and hearing their stories, and being around their innocence. Although there were rough days as expected with children, I still enjoyed them and it was always a learning experience for me. When I heard about Occupational Therapy, I knew that was the career for me. I want to help others and give them the opportunity to live life to their maximum potential and being able to do daily activities that we often overlook is essential to that success. Another thing that I love about OT is that they can work in any setting with any population, from children to adults to the elderly. I can’t wait to one day become an OT and apply all the information that I’ve learned from volunteering at the hospital and especially from working at DICP. I started as a volunteer and absolutely enjoyed all the therapists’ company. They are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what they do and are always super helpful whenever I needed help or had questions. When I had the opportunity to be an aide last year in March, I immediately shifted my work schedules at my other 2 jobs so that I could work here and learn even more about the work that OTs do behind the scenes. Just a few weeks ago, the office manager position became available and I knew I had to jump on it because I wanted to be able to assist and support the ladies, clients, and families that have been so generous and helpful to me when I first started. Being an office manager has been great so far!"
Fidgets: Tools or Toys?

We love the idea that fidgets are so popular right now - if for no other reason than it helps bring awareness to the benefits of fidgets as a tool. While fidget spinners are a fad, there are kids for whom the fidget spinner is exactly the right combination of tactile and visual input to help them stay more focused. And think about the social benefits of having something with which kids can initiate or maintain a conversation about shared interests!

As adults, when we are trying to stay focused, minimize anxiety, or stay awake, we all do small and mostly subconscious things such as biting our nails, tapping a pencil, playing with our hair, mindlessly snacking, or tapping our feet. For our kids, the urge to move in order to attend and stay focused sometimes comes out in unexpected or distracting ways (especially in the classroom) such as wiggling, rocking, chewing on clothing, or bothering their neighbor.

When used appropriately and with supervision, a fidget can be a fantastic tool for some children. When children seek input they may not be receiving from their environment, they can use a fidget to get the "just right" amount of sensory input to stay focused and alert. The movement or input they get from a fidget can allow the brain to filter out extraneous or distracting sensory information in their surroundings and their own body (the sounds of the classroom, people nearby, uncomfortable clothing, etc.), and direct it to the fidget thus freeing the child's focus to attend or participate in a task.

Our hands take in a lot of sensory input, so tactile input through the hands can be a major modulator of the nervous system. Allowing a child to manipulate a fidget with their hands can help him or her stay regulated.

If you have a fidgety or wiggly child, talk to your therapist about some ideas for trying out and incorporating fidgets into his or her sensory diet at home, at school, or in the community.
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