Bhanu Raghavan, MS, OTR/L
A graduate of Indiana University and The Ohio State University, Bhanu has over 25 years of experience in pediatrics. She is certified in pediatric NDT and the READY Approach (Bonnie Hanschu) for Sensory Integration Disorders. Frequently, she presents workshops on topics related to self-care independence, sensory processing disorders and fine motor/handwriting skill development to therapists, teachers and parents/caregivers. She works at Centerville City schools, OH. She is a firm believer of the following Confucian principle: "I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand."
Ginger McDonald, OTR/L
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Ginger has practiced Occupational Therapy for over 30 years. She is certified in SCSIT. With an eclectic background of working in hospitals, schools and geriatric settings, Ginger believes in promoting self-care independence at all levels. While working with Bhanu in the Centerville City Schools, they conceived the idea for Self-Care with Flair!
The idea for Self-Care with Flair! happened over lunch! We were talking about all the things that we have been doing in therapy when the "Aha" moment occurred! Many children with autism & other disabilities struggle with learning and generalizing self-care skills. Caregivers frequently express frustration. These expressions of weariness from children and caregivers inspired the idea for Self-Care with Flair!
Prior to the development of Self-Care with Flair! we had already developed many "picture steps" for children with disabilities to attain self-care independence. Parents and teachers were thrilled with the successes! Requests for more skills started to come from all directions. That's when we realized that we needed to do more.
So we got started! Our question was this: how does the human brain of a typically developing child learn versus a child who is diagnosed with autism? We needed to figure this out for our strategies to be consistent. Which sensory systems do we need to tap in order for our children with autism and other disabilities to reach their best potential when learning self-care skills?
This is demonstrated in Self-Care with Flair! We have put together 50 essential self-care skills with 300+ illustrations to make learning, retention and generalization easy. An additional chapter addresses all the manipulative hand skills that are essential for the development of self-care skills. The steps are simple, learning is fun and retention is easy. We encourage you to check it out!