TBL Newsletter – October 05, 2020

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

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pineapple jack o lantern

Looking for the easy button for Halloween crafts? I’ve got some links for ya. 

When I look for activity ideas online, I automatically skip sites with annoying popup boxes and popup ad videos. Unfortunately, that’s like 90% of the internet.

These links have ads, but they aren’t super intrusive. Most of the crafts link to other websites that have annoying popup ads, but you can get the general idea of what you need for each craft without clicking through.

Yes, you can use Pinterest, but all of those Pinterest links are chock full of popup ads, too. It makes me crazy.

I think the pineapple jack-o-lantern is a genius idea that could be used all year.

  1. Good Housekeeping easy craft gallery
  2. Country Living easy craft gallery
  3. Redbook easy craft gallery
  4. Parents Magazine craft ideas
  5. Easy crafts for toddlers


This makes a lot of sense intuitively, even though we were all taught that fear and anxiety were governed by separate pathways and structures in the brain.

New research using functional MRI (fMRI) techniques shows that while fear and anxiety are distinct emotions, they share the same neurological pathways. 

“…Joseph LeDoux, a neuroscientist at New York University who studies how the brain perceives danger, says these findings reaffirm what he has long believed: the two emotions are distinct, but connected. “Fear morphs into anxiety almost immediately, and anxiety can trigger fear. As soon as you’re anxious, you start seeing dangers everywhere,” LeDoux says. He wasn’t surprised, then, to see a similar response in the two neural regions.”

Anxiety seems to be more of a top-down reaction, requiring cognitive processing to make sense of what is happening, while fear seems to be more of a bottom-up reaction…the fight, fright or flight response that we have such little control over.

Once you experience fear about something, you use self-talk and other cognitive strategies to see danger everywhere, which leads to generalized anxiety. 

Many, if not most, of our kids have a lot of difficulty with top-down processing and top-down approaches to therapy (mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral strategies, etc.). They don’t have access to those higher level cognitive skills that make top-down strategies successful. 

I think this research helps explain why bottom-up, relationship-based/co-regulation strategies are so effective whether you are dealing with fear or anxiety, and provides support for using those strategies as a first line of defense for both emotions.

Read the article.


Even though it’s not the sexiest tech around anymore, I’m still a big fan of Evernote. Every interesting article I find, every photo I like, every idea I have is saved somewhere in my Evernote account. It is my second brain.

I keep an Evernote notebook of articles that I like to read several times a year to remind me how far I’ve come and where I’m going. This one from Tim Ferriss is one of my favorites. His answers are great, but his questions are better.

My favorite questions from the article:


“The key to thriving is learning to harness the mind’s natural tendency to anticipate the future so that you can focus most of your attention on what you would like to achieve.”

Jennice Vilhauer PhD, Think Forward To Thrive*


What do you see when you visualize your future? What would you like to see?  


Have a great week!

Ashley King, MSR, OTR/L
Founding Editor

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