OT Corner: Sad Days
[Source: ABC Therapeutics]
“Today is my sad day,” stated Lauren, in a matter of fact tone.
I work with many children who have superior language skills. Often, those language skills outpace motor expression and emotional coping ability. Sometimes doctors or psychologists call it a non-verbal learning problem or sometimes they will label it Asperger’s Syndrome if the child has other behavioral quirks. Either way, I am accustomed to hearing kids say things to me that would take the average listener off guard.
Lauren was a quick-witted and confident child with uneven red bangs from her own attempts at hair-styling. Besides those bangs she had long tangled curls cascading down her back because she could not stand having her hair brushed. Lauren had a habit of curling and twisting her hair in her hands, contributing to the tangles. The mom intended to cut her hair to her shoulders but Lauren bargained herself a delay because she wanted long hair and also because she had the ability to perform verbal calisthenics and get things that she wanted.
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