DEBBIE HOPPER BHlthSc (OT) CSturt; MHlthSc (OT) Syd. is an Occupational Therapist, Amazon No.1 Best Selling Author, Special Needs TV Reporter, workshop and keynote presenter and driving force behind Life Skills 4 Kids. Deb is passionate about empowering parents and educators to understand the underlying reasons that children struggle with behaviour, self-esteem and sensory processing difficulties.
A practicing Occupational Therapist she understands the daily struggles that children, parents and teachers face. Deb is the author of the Amazon No.1 Bestselling Book ‘Reducing Meltdowns and Improving Concentration: The Just Right Kids Technique’ and co-author of the CD ‘Sensory Songs for Tots’
Deb has presented at national and international conferences including the Asia Pacific Autism Conference and The National Occupational Therapy and Mental Health Forum and is often called upon for media comment.
“In addition, sometimes our sensory system is in sensory overload from another sense being too over responsive (for example if the touch sense is over responsive and a child is a picky eater or struggles to walk on different textures or dislikes being touched). When this happens, it impacts on our nervous system being in high alert. Having some good, deep oral motor input, such as chewing something, or using a sucking or blowing activity can help to disarm the whole nervous system, calming the child and helping them to do the activity they need to do. Oral motor input is very powerful and can have great positive changes on behaviour very quickly, but this effect doesn’t stay for hours in the nervous system. So to keep the child in his or her ‘just right’ state of being, simply back up with some full body proprioception input (such as pulling/ pushing or other gross motor activity such as a jump on the trampoline).”
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