In part 2 of Fostering Hope Austin's Holiday Hoopla series, founder Julie Kouri and Marti Smith, OTR/L discuss common challenges that occur during the holidays. Practical strategies and tips are shared in hopes of making the season a little brighter and less chaotic for kids from hard places. Topics include sweets, nap times, triggers, new places and routines, and how to co-regulate when everyone is overwhelmed.
In part one of the Fostering Hope Austin's Holiday Hoopla series, Marti smith, OTR/L discusses neuro sensory development in relation to holiday stress. Discover why children with adverse childhood experiences have more difficulty during the holidays and how to best help them.
In Episode 6 of the Trauma Tips Series, Marti Smith, OTR/L discusses the Proprioception System. Proprioception is more than just knowing where you are in space. In this video, the proprioceptive system is explained and tips for helping children who struggle with this calming sense are explored. If you have every wondered why your OT has suggested a sensory diet, a weighted vest, a weighted blanket, or heavy work activities, this video will give some clarity to that.
In Episode 5 of the Trauma Tips Series, Marti Smith, OTR/L discusses tips to help children who are challenged by noises and auditory sensitivities. Bill Boggess, M.S. joins Marti to discuss hearing and compassion for differences from an audiologist's view.
How to Respond to People with LOVE and Help Them Share Their Story- Episode 4 of the Trauma Tips Series, Marti Smith, OTR/L speaks with Deana Boggess, author of Grace Without Margins and Disability Educator about how to respond with compassion. Deana discusses the importance of hearing someone's story and how to support them in a loving and non-judgemental way. Deana has been a champion for inclusion, acceptance, education, and kindness for nearly 30 years and shares a few of her tips with us.
In this episode, Marti demonstrates a variety of fun and therapeutic uses for Lycra stretch material. Sewing, size, purchasing, hanging, products, and other useful information is shared.
In this short, four minute video, Marti Smith, OTR/L explains why she created the Trauma Tips series based on her own life experiences. Her goal is to bring hope, compassion, and healing to families who struggle with sensory processing and trauma related difficulties.