April 2017 | Volume 1 | Issue 4
DICP Digest 
A monthly newsletter for clients and colleagues of Development is CHILD'S PLAY!
Happy 100th Birthday to us!
April is typically a busy month at Development is Child's Play. Spring break scheduling keeps us on our toes, we're getting ready for the excitement of setting up our summer schedule, and April is both Autism Awareness month and OT month!
This year is especially exciting because this year our profession is celebrating its 100th birthday! In 1917, the National Society for the Promotion of Occupational Therapy (now the American Occupational Therapy Association) was established. We are excited to share some of the history of OT with you, so please find our centennial post below. 
To celebrate OT month and autism awareness month, DICP is happy to announce another of our very popular events. On Saturday, April 29th we are hosting "Parent's Morning Off". This is a morning event that the therapists enjoy as much as the parents...almost. Please enter your name on the list to win a spot! Some of our families, selected by a random drawing, will win the chance to drop off the kids (siblings included) and relax knowing they are in the hands of DICP therapists, aides, and volunteers. You can go do something fun, and come back a few hours later (yes, you have to come back)! Please see more information below about this fun event.
Despite the recent storm, it's officially Spring! And with the lighter evenings we are finally able to more easily find that elusive work / life balance that we lost during the winter. We are able to spend more time with the family, get outside and take an evening walk, or stay up a little later to appreciate that it's sill light out at 7:30 or 8:00pm. "Work / life" balance sounds like one of those buzzwords or a term that "trends" on your Facebook news feed. In honor of our 100th anniversary, however, we OTs would like to take credit for the idea behind embracing ALL of your occupations. A common misconception about occupational therapists is that we help people find jobs. Pediatric OTs do not help children find jobs...although we can work on job-related or workplace skills if that is what our client needs! We do, however, ask the question, "what matters to you?", and then help to figure out how to make that happen. Occupational therapists help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Sounds like the "life" part in work / life balance to us!
We know it is ALWAYS easier said than done, but here are some tips on balancing the jobs you have to do with those you want to do:
  • Build down-time into your schedule. Our lives are scheduled, often to the minute! Our kids often have the added time scheduled for OT, speech therapy, ABA, hippotherapy, sports, resource, and tutors. You have to find a way to squeeze all of these therapies and activities into three or four after-school hours and hope your teachers, coaches, and therapists have these elusive after-school times available for you. If possible, schedule some fun family time, time with friends, or alone time and do your very best to adhere to it. We've had parents bring their running shoes and take a short walk or run during their child's sessions.
  • Re-think your errands. There are any number of services available to help make time-consuming daily tasks a little faster and easier. On-line shopping, meal delivery services, and curbside pick-up are just a few. Try a few that work with your budget, and stick with those that give you back some of your precious time! 
  • Get moving! Yes, we know that we sound like a broken record with this, but getting some movement and exercise can help in so many ways. We have discussed the benefits of an engaged vestibular system (self-regulation, energy, focus). Movement and exercise can boost your energy level and ability to concentrate. The ability to focus at work may allow for more time outside of work to do the things that are most important to you.
Happy Spring,
The therapists and staff at Development is CHILD'S PLAY!
Saturday, April 15: Sensory Gym
10:00-11:00 am; $30 
Weekly 60-minute parent/child sensorimotor activities with a therapist present to answer questions. Sign up with your therapist or in the office to participate! Sensory gym runs only if we have enough clients signed up.
Friday, April 21: Kerry out of the office - afternoon only
Please let Kerry know if you would like to be seen by another therapist or schedule a make-up session.

Saturday, April 22: Sensory Gym
10:00-11:00 am; $30
Saturday, April 29: No Sensory Gym today. 
The gym will be in use for Parent's morning off.
Saturday, April 29: Parent's Morning Off
Enter your name for a random drawing to drop off your kids (siblings included) at DICP for a fun morning. See below for more information!
Friday, May 12: Sena out of the office
Please let Sena know if you would like to be seen by another therapist or schedule a make-up session.?
Friday, May 19th: Free Vision Screen
Save the date!! Optometrists from Family Vision Care are coming to DICP to perform FREE 20-30 minute vision screenings for interested and appropriate DICP clients ages 5 to 17. Please look for more information on the bulletin board or ask in the office.
Meet Lucy Thompson!

We love Lucy! Lucy Thomson is DICP's first official office manager, and we can't imagine life without her. Not only does she make all of the insurance phone calls that no one else can handle, but from day one Lucy has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help us get settled this year. Lucy and her husband have generously come in early, stayed late, and worked on weekends to take care of things that can't happen during the hours when kids are present. She's also a mean IKEA shopper and office organizer, and has fit right in to our DICP family! 
Lucy received her BA from San Jose State University and earned a Waldorf Teaching Certificate from Rudolf Steiner College. After graduating from SJSU where she studied Humanities & Marketing, Lucy worked for years in high-tech marketing and trade shows. After marrying her husband and having two kids she was a stay at home mom and got interested in the field of education. Lucy became a Waldorf teacher and worked at the Waldorf School of the Peninsula and also ran her own Waldorf preschool in her home.
Lucy has been married for 20 years to her husband, Andreas who is from Germany. Lucy and Andreas have a 17 year old daughter named Ursula and 12 year old son named Alex. When she's not saving the day at DICP, Lucy loves to travel, hike, bike, and enjoys being involved in her kids' sports teams including cross country, track, basketball and baseball.
Luckily for us, Lucy came with a background in education and child development. Lucy enjoyed being around developmental education throughout her daughter & son's years at school. She started at the neighborhood co-op preschool with her kids and then moved to the Waldorf School of the Peninsula, earning her Waldorf teaching certificate along the way. She is interested in developmental education and previously led parent-child circles, nature classes, and parent education. Lucy enjoys working with our families and is excited to contribute to the work we are doing at DICP. 
 Lucy says: "Coming from the Waldorf environment to DICP I appreciate using play as therapy. Play is an important part of growing up. It helps us grow physically as well as socially and emotionally. Our bodies and mind are involved while we learn. I really enjoy being part of a group of like minded people who are doing amazing work to help kids in a fun way. The therapists at DICP teach me so much and it's a fun, positive and supportive place to work. I feel good every day being part of this wonderful place."
Parent's Morning Off at Development is Child's Play!!
Saturday April 29th 9 a.m - noon.
To enter the drawing, sign up in the waiting room, call the office, notify your therapist, or send us an email or portal message.
Every year DICP offers a free event such as Parent's Morning Off as a thank you to our families. This year we are planning it for Saturday April 29th from 9 a.m. to noon. We ask our families to sign up for a drawing and then we randomly select families to participate based on space and adult-to-child ratios to keep our event safe and fun. The families who are selected to participate may bring their child (and any siblings over the age of two) to DICP to play for the duration of the event. Parent's morning off is supervised by therapists, OT aides, and volunteers and includes gross motor, fine motor, and sensory activities but is not a therapy session. It is a chance for the kids to come and play with the equipment they love in a less-structured environment. The kids love it!
Here are some more details:
  • DICP clients and their siblings (over the age of two) are welcome to sign up. 

  • Participants will be; selected by a drawing, notified the week before the event, and asked to confirm their plan to attend

  • More details will be provided closer to the event.

  • Call or visit the office, or send us a message on the portal for more information or to sign up for a chance to participate!
OT Turns 100!
In the 1990's, a humanitarian approach to treat individuals with mental illness was created with a focus on productive, creative, and recreational occupations. During WW1 a group of nurses, artists, teachers, and craftswomen provided arts and crafts for wounded soldiers to raise their spirits and help in the initial stages of recovery. The high demand for the treatment and training of sick and wounded soldiers helped society become more aware of the benefits of the young profession of occupational therapy. In March of 1917, the five "founders" of OT came together and created The National Society for the Promotion of Occupational Therapy. The first official definition of OT was "an activity, mental or physical, definitely prescribed for the distinct purpose of contributing to and hastening recovery from disease or injury". OT started with a focus on mental health, and during WW2 it shifted toward physical rehabilitation due to the higher survival rate of soldiers. To aid veterans in their reintegration after the war, the focus of OT shifted toward vocational education, and now includes practice areas too numerous to mention. 
Sensory Integration Therapy was originally developed by A. Jean Ayres PhD, OTR. She began publishing her research, framework, standardized tests, and clinical approach in the 1960's. OTs today continue to use her framework and variations of her equipment during modern SI therapy.
Please enjoy these early images of OT!
We are SO glad the dress code has changed for OTs over the years!
1920's: A weaving room for rehabilitation of soldiers. Basket weaving, anyone?
WW1 soldiers showing off the toys they made during OT
Questions, comments, feedback?
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