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									Being sensational:
A clinician’s perspective
Chris Everdell

                                I am an occupational thera-      James Bond). I sit near the back so that the fast visual
                                pist, I am married, I have       input doesn’t make me sick to my stomach and I chew
                                a family, I have two dogs, I     gum. I enjoy the movie, I feel okay, and I haven’t really
                                am a Canadian. I look and        bothered anyone else with my coping techniques.
                                act “normal”. But per-                 This stuff works for me. I don’t want my poor pro-
                                fume makes me sick, loud         cessing skills to stop me from enjoying life. Convinc-
                                sounds distract me, and          ing other people that my strategies are okay and that
                                quick movement makes me          they are part of me is the challenge. Without these
                                dizzy. These are some of the     strategies I would become very sick. It is devastat-
                                many little issues that drive    ing to my health to let these sensations take over my
                                me crazy on any given day.       body. On the outside, people see a person who doesn’t
   About the author –
   Chris Everdell , BSc, OT    Most people think I am just       look like she has anything wrong with her. So do I re-
   Reg(ON), is an occupation-  “quirky” because my little        ally need all of these relatively simple solutions and
   al therapist who has been   issues don’t stop me from         strategies? You bet I do! Thank goodness I spend my
   working with children for   leading a very full and joyful    days working in a therapy clinic that focuses on such
   26 years, with the last 15
                               life. That’s what I used to       things. It is where I belong: working with children
   in private practice. In her
   experience, each of us
                               think too. I couldn’t under-      who are wonderful human beings but who need
   faces sensory challenges    stand why I couldn’t handle       some help tolerating the world around them and
   on a daily basis and our    something when the people         convincing the world that they need some help with
   enjoyment of life is de-    around me could. I can’t          it. They are not spoiled children whose parents have
   pendent on the little cop-  begin to describe how I feel      let behaviours get out of hand, which is often implied
   ing strategies we develop.
                               when I am eating a really         by those who don’t understand sensory processing,
   She enjoys exploring
   sensation from a clinical   lovely meal, in a really lovely   especially when it isn’t working well. These children
   perspective and passing     restaurant, with my really        often don’t look any different from their peers, but
   on these strategies to      lovely husband, and all of a      they work so hard trying to be like their peers that the
   anyone (friends, family,    sudden I am enveloped in          adult perception is one of poor behaviour.
   strangers... you name it!)
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