A child's sensory system affects their ability to learn, play, socialise and function. Maybe a child isn't able to sit still in class because his shirt tag is bothering him. Or a child isn't able to play with other children because his balance is off and other kids make him feel unstable and dizzy. Beginning with the age of five, Britt and Jackie walk parents through everyday situations and duties all the way through your child's elementary years. They explain the underlying reasons beneath your child's negative behaviours and the often simple fixes (sometimes not so easy, but steps that will lead you towards success). Parenting can be less stressful when you're not struggling with your child's sensory systems.
Britt Collins, MS, OTR, graduated from Colorado State University with a master's degree in occupational therapy and has practiced in a variety of settings, including sensory-integration clinics, schools, homes, and pediatric hospitals. Jackie Linder Olson is a producer and writer whose son has Sensory Processing Disorder. Jackie and Britt created an occupational-therapy DVD series for parents, caregivers, and educators, to visually learn the basics of occupational therapy and how to implement it into a child's daily life. The DVDs include -OT in the Home, - -OT in the School, - -OT for Children with Autism, Special Needs and Typical, - and -Yoga for Children with Special Needs.- The duo cofounded Special Needs United, with the goals of bringing occupational therapy to families of children with special needs. Britt currently resides in Denver, Colorado, and works at the STAR Center with Dr Lucy J. Miller. Jackie resides in Los Angeles, California. Both can be found touring the country, speaking about the benefits of occupational therapy for children.