TBL Newsletter – August 17, 2020

Here are a handful of great ideas for pediatric therapy, business and life:


The STAR Institute has a FREE teletherapy training series that demonstrates how they use their approach via Zoom. These are videos of play-based, child-directed treatment sessions. I love that they show the reality and chaos of pediatric therapy right now.

In this series, you’ll see two individual treatment sessions and one group treatment session. All of the videos offer great commentary and a short Q & A session at the end. I got a lot out of all three even though I don’t do a lot of group therapy.

The first video doesn’t offer much of an introduction at the beginning, but around minute 52 they provide nice context for the treatment session.

If you aren’t familiar with the STAR Institute’s approach to treating sensory processing disorder, you can find out more here.

These videos show great examples of:

— Joining  a child’s play even when you aren’t in the same room

— Empowering parents to participate in therapy

— The three “W’s” of developmental therapy: watch, wait & wonder

— Using a big affect without using a big voice

— Concept-based vs activity-based therapy

Here are the links to the videos:

Free Telehealth Treatment Webinar

Free Telehealth Treatment Webinar 2

Free Telehealth Group Treatment Webinar


Roseann Schaaf, PhD recently partnered with the Autism Research Institute to give a free webinar about her ongoing research with treating sensory processing disorder in children with autism.

She and her colleagues are studying an approach to treatment that can be translated into a protocol manual so that any trained therapist can use the approach and expect similar results. In this video she reports that the children in the study are making progress based on her treatment approach.

The webinar is geared toward parents, but I think it may be more relevant for therapists. There is a great Q & A session at the end. Her approach to thinking about and evaluating “w” sitting is spot on (around minute 42). I like the way she brings everything back to function.

You can watch the video here.


Have you heard of Hunala? It’s an app created by Yale University to analyze your risk of contracting COVID-19 based on your social connections. The risk assessment becomes more accurate as more people use the app. They are describing it as the “Waze for coronavirus”.

When you download the app it will ask a few quick questions pertaining to your risk factors. It will also ask you to share the contact info of your close friends and family.

While that seems creepy at first, it’s really just to help the app analyze your risk based on who you hang out with. Hunala uses the contact info you provide for statistical analysis…they don’t actually contact your friends and family. And they’re definitely not exploiting your personal information the way a company like Facebook does.

You can complete the survey periodically to give the app more information about how you socially distance. Based on your answers it will tell you how high your risk is based on your contacts and geographic location.

I think it’s an amazing opportunity to contribute to COVID-19 research and I’ve recommended it to my family, friends and patients’ families.

Based on my responses, my personal risk was very low but my regional risk was very high 😬.

Get the app here.


“Playing and having fun are more important than teaching and learning. Fun, play-based social interactions lead to emotional intelligence, EQ. And EQ is more predictive of societal success than IQ.”

-Richard Solomon, MD, in his fantastic book, Autism: The Potential Within: The PLAY Project Approach to Helping Young Children with Autism


What beliefs do I have about myself that are limiting my potential?

Have a great week!

Ashley King, MSR, OTR/L
Founding Editor

P.S. This is hilarious