29 episodes

We are on a mission to build the collective knowledge of paediatric occupational therapists and fellow human beings alike. Most of us are drawn this field because we love children and we believe in the infinite possibility of childhood. But. Once we enter practice, there is often a feeling of being  overwhelmed by all there is to know in order to be effective. This podcast was conceived to include you in our SpIRiTed conversations. These discussions have kept us engaged and had an unmeasurable impact on us as therapists. We want to share our regular clinical conversations with others, not knowing all the answers, but allowing each of us to have the space to think and put the pieces together.  Tracy’s ability to make clinical reasoning and neuroscience accessible to all is incredibly powerful and worth sharing. ‘Show Notes can be found at www.spiritedconversationspodcast.com
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Spirited Conversations - Engaging and Elevating Pediatric OT Tracy Stackhouse, Cory Dundon, Michelle Maunder

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We are on a mission to build the collective knowledge of paediatric occupational therapists and fellow human beings alike. Most of us are drawn this field because we love children and we believe in the infinite possibility of childhood. But. Once we enter practice, there is often a feeling of being  overwhelmed by all there is to know in order to be effective. This podcast was conceived to include you in our SpIRiTed conversations. These discussions have kept us engaged and had an unmeasurable impact on us as therapists. We want to share our regular clinical conversations with others, not knowing all the answers, but allowing each of us to have the space to think and put the pieces together.  Tracy’s ability to make clinical reasoning and neuroscience accessible to all is incredibly powerful and worth sharing. ‘Show Notes can be found at www.spiritedconversationspodcast.com
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    26. Following a Child's Lead.

    26. Following a Child's Lead.

    In this episode, we delve into the often cited but widely misunderstood concept of 'Follow the Child's Lead'. Through our personal anecdotes, theoretical explorations, and practical insights, we wonder about the origins of this principle, its application across different disciplines and its pivotal role in treatment and intervention strategies. We unpack the nuances of following a child’s lead versus following a child’s need, and the profound impact of tuning into a child’s developmental trajectory for effective treatment. Join us as we dive deep into how this principle shapes our approaches to therapy and beyond, providing actionable takeaways for professionals and parents alike. 
     
    TIMESTAMPS:  
    00:00 Introduction: Exploring Treatment Principles 
    00:54 Deep Dive into 'Follow the Child's Lead' 
    02:16 Clinical Perspectives and Personal Stories 
    03:30 Understanding and Misunderstandings of Following the Child 
    05:57 Expanding on 'Follow the Child's Lead' with Clinical Insights 
    32:27 Exploring the Concept of Affordances in Treatment 
    53:29 Concluding Thoughts on Following the Child's Lead 
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    • 55 min
    25. Sensory Over Responsive and Sensory Diets

    25. Sensory Over Responsive and Sensory Diets

    This episode is a detailed conversation about sensory modulation and its application in the field of occupational therapy. It examines various types of behaviours connected to sensory modulation and provides a thorough explanation of how to support individuals dealing with these behaviours. We discuss the intricacies of sensory modulation, particularly sensory over-responsiveness and under-responsiveness, sensory diets, and the impact of arousal and autonomic functions on sensory modulation. Key ideas include distinguishing between positive and negative valence responses, strategies for regulation and recovery, and the role of safety in sensory modulation. 
     
    00:00 Introduction and Updates on Training Programs
    01:14 Addressing Listener Questions: Sensory Modulation and Language
    02:12 Understanding Sensory Modulation and Behavioural Outcomes
    04:43 The Complexity of Sensory Modulation and Its Impact on Treatment
    08:48 The Importance of Differentiating Sensory Modulation Issues
    09:29 The Role of Neurological Structures in Sensory Modulation
    10:17 The Influence of Autonomic Functions on Sensory Modulation
    11:04 Understanding the Behavioural Outcomes of Sensory Modulation
    11:34 The Importance of Precise Differentiation in Sensory Concepts
    13:57 The Role of Sensory Modulation in Adaptive Function
    16:05 The Impact of Sensory Modulation on Treatment
    18:07 The Role of Safety in Sensory Modulation
    20:12 The Importance of Understanding Sensory Modulation in Treatment
    38:10 The Role of Sensory Diets in Treatment
    43:50 Conclusion: The Future of Sensory Modulation Treatment
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    • 56 min
    24. Interoception with KIM BARTHEL

    24. Interoception with KIM BARTHEL

    This is our first ever Guest Episode, and who better to talk to than Kim Barthel!!
    In this episode we continue to discuss interoception and making sense of this in treatment. We had a glitch with our video feed this episode so it’s audio only, but we so very excited to finally share this. Our conversation covers many levels, from trying to understand and discern interoception vs neuroception, to understanding interoceptive processing with clinical practice examples and hopefully offers everyone new insights into how we can support individuals with different interoceptive needs.
    Kim is currently touring the world and we’re very excited to say is headed to Australia to offer a number of unmissable live, in-person events. You can check out the full list of possible workshops here: https://www.kimbarthel.ca/event-calendar
     You can catch and connect with Kim online in a number of places:
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    https://www.instagram.com/kimbarthel.ca/
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK8PsNYNlakx1qx0BCqTg5w?view_as=subscriber
     
    Don’t forget you can take the Spirit and STEPPSI Course through DFX's learning journeys: https://dfxlearningjourneys.thinkific.com/
     
    For other courses on offer through Seed, follow our link or email us for more information:
    https://seedot.thinkific.com/courses/regulation-101
    info@seedpaediatricservices.com
     


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    • 1 hr 6 min
    23. Understanding Interoception and its Role in Sensory Processing

    23. Understanding Interoception and its Role in Sensory Processing

    In this episode we discuss the relationship between interoceptive processing, conscious and subconscious as well as how that relates to the polyvagal theory. We explore how interoception changes in the different states of the nervous system, such as ventral vagal, sympathetic, and dorsal vagal states. We also discuss the role of interoception in emotions and feelings, and how it can impact social interactions. Our conversation begins our discussion around the importance of understanding interoceptive processing in clinical practice and hopefully offers insights into how we can support individuals with different interoceptive needs.
    Check out DFX's learning journeys to build your clinical reasoning skills with Tracy: https://dfxlearningjourneys.thinkific.com/
     
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    Timestamps
    00:00:00 - Introduction to the episode and announcement of available training
    00:03:23 - Discussion on the relationship between interoception and polyvagal theory
    00:06:19 - Importance of understanding the receptors in interoceptive processing
    00:08:13 - Interception extends beyond visceral organs to include other receptors
    00:09:19 - Interception involves both physical sensations and emotional feelings
    00:12:01 - Context of sensation and social touch
    00:14:27 - Receptors becoming bristly when not open to receive touch
    00:21:13 - Neuroceptive function of comfort and safety
    00:23:26 - Tuning into social cues and internal/external focus
    00:26:42 - Relationship between state and receptor activation
    00:28:20 - Stretch receptors and their role in processing interoceptive information
    00:30:07 - Electrical and chemical changes in interoceptive processing
    00:31:44 - The role of mismatch and posterior insula in emotion
    00:33:59 - Shift from subconscious to awareness-based processing
    00:38:44 - Impact of interoception on mobilization
    00:41:53 - Tracy discusses the interaction between polyvagal system and interoception
    00:43:08 - Tracy explains how states impact interoceptive cues and choices
    00:48:42 - Discussion on the role of attention in interoceptive awareness
    00:49:52 - The anterior insula's role in drawing attention to interoceptive signals
    00:50:59 - Individual differences in valence tipping and interoceptive awareness
    00:54:40 - Treatment considerations for interoceptive cues and shame triggers
    Key Takeaways:
    Interoception involves the processing of internal bodily sensations and emotions.Interoceptive processing is influenced by the state of the nervous system, such as the ventral vagal state, sympathetic state, and dorsal vagal state.The quality and function of interoceptive receptors can change depending on the state of the nervous system.Interoceptive cues can signal safety or threat, leading to different physiological and emotional responses.Attentional processes play a role in interoceptive processing, with the ability to shift attention between internal and external cues.
    Our Favourite Quote from this episode:
    "The valence-based function of interoception tells us if something is good or bad, and if we want more or less of it." – Tracy M Stackhouse.

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    • 55 min
    22. Somatosensory Foundations of The Self

    22. Somatosensory Foundations of The Self

    This episode we discuss the importance of the somatosensory system in forming our sense of self through our relationships and how it shapes neurodevelopment. We explore how individuals who have not experienced secure attachment early in life may struggle with somatosensory amplification and somatization later on. We chat about the role of touch in creating a sense of safety and connection, and how sensory integrative processing can impact overall wellness. If you’re curious about the need to balance and respect boundaries while providing positive somatosensory experiences for individuals with neurodiversity this episode is for you. Hopefully, like we did, you get a deeper appreciation of the power of touch in building empathy, shared experiences, and a sense of belonging.
    Check out DFX's learning journeys to build your clinical reasoning skills with Tracy --> https://dfxlearningjourneys.thinkific.com/
     
    Timestamps
    00:00
    Importance of somatosensory system in attachment relationships and development
    02:40
    Impact of insecure attachment on somatosensory amplification and somatization
    07:00
    Neurodevelopment as a window into wellness and decline
    10:00
    Phantom limb experiences from missing relational experiences
    12:30
    Importance of sensory integrative processing and Dr. Ayres' work
    16:00
    Importance of touch in building empathy and connections
    19:00
    Enhancing somatosensory experiences in therapy
    23:00
    Balancing respect for individual boundaries and supporting adaptive function
    26:00
    Challenges of touch in vulnerable populations and the need for boundaries
    30:00
    Importance of psychoeducation and consent in touch interactions
     
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    • 58 min
    21. Somatosensory Processing and Praxis

    21. Somatosensory Processing and Praxis

    Join us as we explore the interplay between feed forward and feedback in the somatosensory system. Learn how this impacts our ability to perform skilled movements and how our brain prepares for the next action. Find out how inhibition plays a crucial role in allowing us to venture forward in novel experiences.
     
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    reasoning skills with Tracy --> https://dfxlearningjourneys.thinkific.com/
     
    Full transcription of our episode is available on our
    website. 
     
    Timestamps:
    0:00:00 Introduction and revisiting the topic of praxis
    0:01:28 Difficulty of replicating human praxis in robots
    0:02:48 Somatosensory basis of dyspraxia
    0:05:01 Importance of enhancing somatosensation, movement, and vision
    0:05:41 The dynamic and solidified body map of the homunculus
    0:06:25 Purpose of somatosensory processing and sensory integrative processing
    0:07:49 Treating the whole, not just practicing the end products
    0:08:12 Understanding the homunculus and its dynamic nature
    0:10:04 Feed forward and feedback happening simultaneously
    0:11:35 Interplay between feed forward and feedback happening simultaneously in the brain
    0:12:22 Peripheral receptors learning in the neural network
    0:13:03 Neurodevelopmental changes in the peripheral and central nervous system
    0:13:45 Preparing the body for the next activity
    0:14:44 Sensitization of peripheral receptors in response to unexpected events
    0:16:12 Pre-emptive preparation of the brain in eye movement control
    0:17:19 Interplay between somatosensory, vestibular, and visual systems in response to uneven surfaces
    0:17:50 Importance of somatosensation as a perceptual layer that supports skilfulness
    0:18:58 The interplay between modulation and discrimination processing in novel experiences
    0:20:40 Treating the modulation issue to clear the slate for discrimination to become relevant
    0:21:57 Co-regulation through touch in discrimination processing
    0:22:25 The spreading activation of the homunculus enriching the body map
    0:23:10 The nervous system drawing somatosensory information to create inhibition and engagement
    0:23:41 The somatosensory system as the primary inhibitory system
    0:24:26 The whole process being somatosensory dependent
    0:24:42 The valence and tipping in the somatosensory system
    0:25:21 The role of the social engagement secretary in somatosensory modulation
    0:27:01 Co-regulation and the importance of a partner in somatosensory experiences
    0:29:20 The impact of not meeting a child's somatosensory needs on adaptation and efficiency
    0:29:54 The power of OT observations in shifting perceptions and supporting children's sensory needs
    0:34:20 The importance of separating modulation from discrimination in clinical reasoning for effective intervention
    0:34:54 The interplay between modulation, discrimination, cognition, and executive function in treatment.
     
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