35 episodes

Calling all parents! Do you have a child with sensory processing challenges or Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)? Looking for some practical tips and advice from an Occupational Therapist’s expert in sensory development? This podcast is for you! Every week, Laura Petix, (aka The OT Butterfly) will educate you on the impact that sensory processing has on your child’s learning and behavior. She’ll teach you the why behind your child’s behavior, how to identify their sensory profiles, how to support them using sensory strategies and how you can engage with them using the just right challenge. Being a parent of a child with SPD can feel so isolating, but Laura’s here to let you know, you are not alone. Get comfy, press play and imagine yourself hanging out with your new OT mom bestie.

Sensory W.I.S.E. Solutions Podcast for Parents Laura Petix, The OT Butterfly

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 57 Ratings

Calling all parents! Do you have a child with sensory processing challenges or Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)? Looking for some practical tips and advice from an Occupational Therapist’s expert in sensory development? This podcast is for you! Every week, Laura Petix, (aka The OT Butterfly) will educate you on the impact that sensory processing has on your child’s learning and behavior. She’ll teach you the why behind your child’s behavior, how to identify their sensory profiles, how to support them using sensory strategies and how you can engage with them using the just right challenge. Being a parent of a child with SPD can feel so isolating, but Laura’s here to let you know, you are not alone. Get comfy, press play and imagine yourself hanging out with your new OT mom bestie.

    When sticker charts backfire

    When sticker charts backfire

    Sticker charts, reward charts, token systems almost always work, until they don't. 
    I've seen sticker charts backfire more often than not, especially when used in a way with neurodivergent children to manipulate or change their behavior. In this episode, I detail why I don't love using these approaches with neurodivergent children and an alternative way to think about discipline. In the end, you can make the decision on what works best for your family. 

    Links:
    Transcript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/34
    instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterfly
    email: LauraPetix@TheOTButterfly.com
    work with me: www.theotbutterfly.com/parentconsult

    • 31 min
    3 mistakes you might be making with your sensory sensitive child

    3 mistakes you might be making with your sensory sensitive child

    In this episode, I share clips from my recent masterclass that talks about the 3 biggest mistakes I see parents make with their sensory sensitive child (I have made these mistakes as well!)

    You'll also learn one of the best ways you can support your child's meltdowns, and what the just right challenge is. 

    If you listen to this episode between May 15th and May 20th 2022, the Sensory W.I.S.E. Solutions program is open for enrollment.

    Links: 
    instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterfly
    email: LauraPetix@TheOTButterfly.com
    Watch the masterclass until May 20th: www.theotbutterfly.com/masterclass
    Join the summer SWS cohort: www.theotbutterfly.com/wisesummer

    • 27 min
    Behind the scenes: Morning routine

    Behind the scenes: Morning routine

    If you follow me on instagram, you know that mornings before school are the hardest times for us. Now I'm letting you in to witness what a mostly typical morning sounds like for us.

    In these audio clips, you'll hear my daughter struggle with her anxiety about clothes, her having a meltdown (and how I respond to the meltdown) + my processing of emotions after the morning meltdown.

    At the end of the episode, you'll also hear me go through my process for "repairing" with her the next morning after having an extremely hard evening the night before.

    Links:
    Website
    FREE Sensory Meltdown Masterclass
    Instagram
    Work with me 1:1
    Sensory is Behavior course for parents

    • 31 min
    Talking about neurodiversity with family or friends

    Talking about neurodiversity with family or friends

    When you have a neurodivergent child, most family gatherings, playdates or holiday parties can usually come with a lot of extra stress. 

    Maybe you have well-meaning friends or family who want to help during a meltdown. Or the judgey Aunt who always makes a comment about your child's diet.

    Parents always ask me, how can they advocate for their child's needs and still show up to these family parties? Listen to this episode to find out my "script"

    Transcript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/31
    instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterfly
    email: LauraPetix@TheOTButterfly.com
    New- Sensory Is Behavior course: www.theotbutterfly.com/behavior
    Instagram small sensory cup reel
    Instagram large sensory cup reel
    work with me: www.theotbutterfly.com/parentconsult

    • 20 min
    How to get started with OT & how it can change your life

    How to get started with OT & how it can change your life

    In honor of OT month, I’ve spent all month diving deeper into some common topics and ways that OT can help support you and your child in daily tasks or activities. For this final episode, I’m going to talk about the best routes for you to get started working with an OT, and also feature some VIP parents who shared some amazing testimony about how OT has changed their life.

    Links: 
    Sensory Is Behavior Mini Course for Parents: www.theotbutterfly.com/behavior
    Transcript/show notes at www.theotbutterfly.com/30
    instagram: @TheOTButterfly www.instagram.com/theotbutterfly
    email: LauraPetix@TheOTButterfly.com
    work with me: www.theotbutterfly.com/parentconsult

    • 30 min
    Why your child is a picky eater, and when to seek help.

    Why your child is a picky eater, and when to seek help.

    Happy OT month! In the U.S.,  we are celebrating the field of Occupational Therapy in April, and I’m celebrating it by spreading awareness about all the wonderful ways OT can help people be successful in their everyday lives. I recently did an episode on handwriting, which was episode 29. Today we are talking about picky eating, a topic that MANY parents face at one point in their parenting journey.


    Some parents’ journey with their child’s picky eating is a little more severe than others, and we’re going to cover it all today. We’ll talk about the skills that are required for eating, how sensory processing is related to eating, how OT helps picky eating, and lastly when it’s time to seek support from an OT. 

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

atbv17 ,

Like speaking to a friend who “GETS IT”

I have a 2 year old daughter with sensory processing challenges (specifically tactile) that have made feeding an overwhelming challenge since birth. Listening to Laura feels like having the chance to talk to someone who literally understands what you have been through. I love that the episodes are short and full of tips and helpful information.

M123abc ,

Fantastic advice on neurodiverse parenting

Fantastic advice for neurodiverse parenting! The host is an OT & a mom of a neurodiverse kid. Loved hearing the validation and the information!

RTRMSG ,

Love Laura and this podcast!

So helpful to me as an SPD/ASD momma. She has taught me to give myself grace and how to better support my girl! Loveee

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