Amazing Perspective from an Occupational Therapist and Mom
See Her Insights
From Kalen M. Morgan,
Occupational Therapist, Register/Licensed
In addition to being a Mom, Kalen has a unique perspective. She holds a Masters of Health Science degree.
Kalen is also a Registered, Licensed Occupational Therapist, as well as a Certified Hand Therapist. She and her family live in Louisville, Kentucky.
Kalen was kind enough to provide Minds-in-Motion with the following feedback:
Here is a list of all of the changes that I observed in our daughter, “T”, pre/post the Minds-in-Motion program this summer.
We are so grateful for the changes that we have seen in “T” since beginning the program in June. She wakes up every morning now and does a MIM session for 10 minutes.
We change her routine every 2-3 weeks. We do all sorts of things (wall handstands, jump and spins, trampoline, jumping jacks, eye tracking, floor rolls, etc, etc, etc). We have a spreadsheet that I make every couple of weeks and she wakes up and completes her routine before school each day.
She is doing so well this year in 4th grade, and I can tell you how much this has changed her perception of herself and her self-confidence.
Here is the list of changes:
- NO MORE MEDICATION!!
- No longer smacks herself
- No longer chews on everything (clothes, blanket, pencils, erasers, etc).
- More empathetic toward sister, cuddles her, helps her out, more patient with her
- Asks for what she wants (used to get mad because she needed something but never verbalized or asked for it, just was frustrated)
- Thinks before acting
- Solves math problems in daily conversation without hesitating (grocery store, money)
- I used to be instantly aware of when she was awake on Sat and Sun mornings. My 3 yr old and I always get up around 7:30/8 am and we have a couple of hours together before “T” wakes. I used to know instantly when she was awake because I would hear my 3 yr old cry (because T has started pestering her), or she would jump in her bed, start hollering and screaming for me, singing, kicking her feet, laughing loud, throwing things, etc. I would have to stop what I was doing to attend to her and get her started in an activity or go swimming. The atmosphere would instantly change when T awoke. Now, she wakes up, sits in the chair, and I sometimes don’t even know she is awake until I come in the living area and see her.
- Less uncontrollable laughing with swaying back and forth. Seems to be able to tolerate things without being over stimulated as easy.
- No longer clapping for no reason
- Plays games that take effort and strategy. Plays games that make her “think” (Monopoly, Yahtzee, school). She used to avoid any of these games because they were too “hard”
- Sits in the car better for trips without being stimulated or “entertained”
- Does art, better coloring, finishes her projects and cleans up with cues
- Laundry assist and can hear the dryer/change clothes without being reminded, self-initiated
- Does chores with less cues and sometimes without being told at all
- Has conversations with Mom, mommy-daughter talks are easier, expresses her feelings, processes information and asks questions that are appropriate, just seems to “get it”
- Improved relationships with family, able to visit Nanny more often, hangs out with my 19yr old sister and 14yr old brother that found it difficult to spend time with her
- More eye contact when talking to her, seems less distracted
- Overall more mature and can be trusted to make better decisions
- Listens and can follow thru with directions (watches a video and produces the actions without assistance)
- Enjoys music/headphones instead of them resulting in uncontrollable behaviors, music/headphones used to over stimulate her
- Able to organize school supplies, check off the list and prepare for school
- Overall there are less self-stimulating behaviors
- No longer hits the top of the trash (flip top) can when she passes by it
- Can be quiet and think before she acts or talks, just overall slower to act
- Less emotional outbursts that seemed over dramatic for the situation
- Happier and more confident with herself
- Doesn’t walk/stomp as hard
- Knows her right and left more consistently and without as much thought or “guessing”
- Sits and works puzzles
- Responds to directions with less cues (less touch, less eye contact needed, used to need direction by physically getting her etc)
- Can come to my work and maintain appropriate boundaries with other people and the environment
Thank you for this amazing program!