Isn’t Polyvagal Just a Theory?
"Isn’t Polyvagal Theory" just a theory? Yes. It is. And...? The real question people seem to be asking when they ask me this question is, "What if it’s wrong?" and the story I hear behind this question (conscious or not) is, "If I believe it, then I am wrong." My...
Using Hebb’s Law to Our Advantage
If you are an OT practicing sensory integration then you know Hebb's Law. Hebb's Law states that "neurons that fire together wire together." When I first began practicing Sensory Integration (SI) this made so much sense to me; pair the sense that isn't working with...
Curiosity in Clinical Reasoning
What does curiosity have to do with Polyvagal Theory and how does it impact our clinical reasoning? In short, curiosity makes us vulnerable. Vulnerability means reason MIGHT be more difficult or unreachable. In her new and recently released book, "Atlas of the...
Video: Kim Barthel and Kelly Beins, Sensory Processing Polyvagal & OT
"Is there anything you are doing lately that feels "just right?" This conversation I had with Kim Barthel, who is a world-renowned occupational therapist, speaker, author, instructor, and consultant is something that truly makes me smile! One big reason this...
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