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Trauma Tips Episode 8 - Simple Sparrow Sequential Sensory Path

Trauma Tips Episode 8 - Simple Sparrow Sequential Sensory Path

June 6, 2019

In Episode 8 of Marti's Trauma Tips Series, Trudy Landis joins us to discuss the origin of the Simple Sparrow Sequential Sensory Path. Not all paths are great for children with a history of trauma. Watch this 20 minute episode to learn why and how to create or purchase a path that is better suited for children who need help with regulation.

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Trauma Tips Episode 7 - The Vestibular System

Trauma Tips Episode 7 - The Vestibular System

May 30, 2019

In Episode 7 of the Trauma Tips series, Marti Smith, OTR/L describes the vestibular system from a trauma perspective. She and Trudy Landis discuss ways to effectively assess and intervene when the vestibular system is involved.

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Fostering Hope Austin’s Holiday Hoopla Series Part 2

Fostering Hope Austin’s Holiday Hoopla Series Part 2

November 15, 2018

In part 2 of Fostering Hope Austin's Holiday Hoopla series, founder Julie Kouri and Marti Smith, OTR/L discuss common challenges that occur during the holidays. Practical strategies and tips are shared in hopes of making the season a little brighter and less chaotic for kids from hard places. Topics include sweets, nap times, triggers, new places and routines, and how to co-regulate when everyone is overwhelmed.

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Fostering Hope Austin’s Holiday Hoopla Part 1

Fostering Hope Austin’s Holiday Hoopla Part 1

November 15, 2018

In part one of the Fostering Hope Austin's Holiday Hoopla series, Marti smith, OTR/L discusses neuro sensory development in relation to holiday stress. Discover why children with adverse childhood experiences have more difficulty during the holidays and how to best help them.

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Simple Sparrow Farm Tour

Simple Sparrow Farm Tour

May 31, 2018

Join Marti and Jamie as they invite you to view Simple Sparrow farm and discuss how animals are helping to bring healing to children and adults in the Austin, Texas community.  

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Proprioception - Episode 6 of the Trauma Tips Series

Proprioception - Episode 6 of the Trauma Tips Series

May 3, 2018

In Episode 6 of the Trauma Tips Series, Marti Smith, OTR/L discusses the Proprioception System.  Proprioception is more than just knowing where you are in space.  In this video, the proprioceptive system is explained and tips for helping children who struggle with this calming sense are explored.  If you have every wondered why your OT has suggested a sensory diet, a weighted vest, a weighted blanket, or heavy work activities, this video will give some clarity to that.  

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Sound and Auditory Sense - Episode 5 of the Trauma Tips Series

Sound and Auditory Sense - Episode 5 of the Trauma Tips Series

May 1, 2018

In Episode 5 of the Trauma Tips Series, Marti Smith, OTR/L discusses tips to help children who are challenged by noises and auditory sensitivities.  Bill Boggess, M.S. joins Marti to discuss hearing and compassion for differences from an audiologist's view.  

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How to Respond to People with LOVE and Help Them Share Their Story

How to Respond to People with LOVE and Help Them Share Their Story

April 30, 2018

How to Respond to People with LOVE and Help Them Share Their Story- Episode 4 of the Trauma Tips Series, Marti Smith, OTR/L speaks with Deana Boggess, author of Grace Without Margins  and Disability Educator about how to respond with compassion.  Deana discusses the importance of hearing someone's story and how to support them in a loving and non-judgemental way.  Deana has been a champion for inclusion, acceptance, education, and kindness for nearly 30 years and shares a few of her tips with us.

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All About Lycra from THE Lycra Princess - Episode 4 of the Trauma Tips Series

All About Lycra from THE Lycra Princess - Episode 4 of the Trauma Tips Series

April 28, 2018

In this episode, Marti demonstrates a variety of fun and therapeutic uses for Lycra stretch material.  Sewing, size, purchasing, hanging, products, and other useful information is shared.

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Co-Regulation with Monkey Poop and Mirror Neurons

Co-Regulation with Monkey Poop and Mirror Neurons

April 26, 2018

In this podcast, Jamie and Marti discuss how people and farm animals will interact with one another in a social and emotional manner.