Meet (left to right) Angel, Juanita & Ed from the New York City Department of Education. I first met this fantastic team of SLPs and educators 3 years ago at my first #NYSSLHA Convention in Albany, where I was introducing the MindScent® Smell.Discover.Connect multi sensory kit developed for educators and Speech Therapists. It was a huge thrill for me to see them again at this year's convention in Tarrytown since COVID hit us hard in early 2020. Before developing MindScent®, I was not aware of the huge amount of the invaluable scope of work that Speech Therapists/Pathologists do for people of all age groups living with various diseases and impairments. Kudos to this fantastic group of professionals who have been giving me such great positive reinforcement and a wealth of feedback that have allowed me to discover all the various uses that MindScent® has to offer. Without their enthusiasm and interest in what I have created, I may not have been able to continue the work that I dove into in 2017 developing The Scent Guru Group and sensory kits for wellbeing.
Because of COVID-19, the world has learned more about the sense of smell and its importance to emotional wellbeing. As Dr. Rachel Herz states in The Scent Guru Group’s Smell Training Guide, “most fundamentally, our sense of smell gives us a sense of our self, our feel of connectedness with others, and is a central component to the overall quality of our life.”
The holiday shopping season is here, and I'll be showcasing MindScent® and Essential Awakenings® sensory tool kits at this week's WBDC's Pop Up Shop in Stamford, Connecticut. Even though I've developed MindScent® and Essential Awakenings® for Speech, Occupational and Recreational Therapists, families can also benefit and have fun playing smell and tell, or guessing games. MindScent® also includes fact cards great for learning. For instance, did you know that the Providence, RI metro area has been cited as having the most donut shops per capita with 25.3 shops per 100,000 people? And that it takes almost 3 years for a single pineapple to reach maturation?
Shifting Paradigms: This month's final blog is about my experience at the National ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) convention in Orlando. Every new experience is new learning for this 60+ entrepreneur who is just trying to help humankind in a very unique and innovative way.