Here is an opalescent nudibranch, an aeolid nudibranch. I received a question on what the cerata were, and the answer is not very simple.
The cerata are the finger like protrusions on the dorsal side of the nudibranch. These protrusions are projections of the digestive gland, which can contain cnidocytes (only found in cnidarians, which the nudibranchs “steal” and incorporate into their tissues). 🐚
In other species of aeolids, the cerata might contain chloroplasts (a plant organelle for photosynthesis). This is called “kleptoplasty” when nudibranchs steal chloroplasts, because the nudis repurpose the chloroplasts for their own use.
Cerata can also be used for gas exchange, since aeolids do not have any gills. The animals breath simply through passive diffusion through the epidermis. Therefore, having more finger-like protrusions is beneficial for gas exchange because it increases the surface area to volume ratio. This works out nicely for the animals because they are so small. Any larger and they would be pushing it and have too many deoxygenated tissues
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Sensory tools are intended to promote regulation, improve focus, increase participation, and therefore enable your child to be available for learning!
The key to a sensory-informed classroom or home is that it supports the various sensory needs of the child in a way that is as natural as possible. Not all children soothe themselves the same, nor do they have the same sensory needs. Speak with a Licensed Occupational Therapist to help learn more about your child’s individual sensory needs and they can help you determine an appropriate sensory diet for your kiddo!
𝐁𝐀𝐁𝐘 𝐃𝐎𝐋𝐋 𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐀𝐏𝐘|
My weekend shifts have finally come to an end. 🥳 Yesterday, I worked with a patient with dementia with Alzheimer’s disease. According to family, most of the time, she doesn’t recognize her daughters. The only person she recognizes from time to time is her husband. Due to her confusion and bouts of agitation, I decided to try our Baby Doll Therapy with her. I was honestly very surprised with results!
𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐁𝐚𝐛𝐲 𝐃𝐨𝐥𝐥 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐲
Baby Doll Therapy is used for patients with dementia or confusion. It is used to prevent agitation and behavioral changes and also works as a tool to distract/occupy the patient from causing harm to themselves.
Baby Doll Therapy has been talked about in literature since the 1990s! Literature repeatedly states that giving a baby doll to patients with dementia changes behavior almost immediately and it increases activity and focus, improves communication and attitudes, decreases agitation and keeps the hands busy.
𝐈𝐭 𝗪𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐬! 👏🏻
According to family, when my patient is awake, she will scrunch parts of her blanket in her hand or will fold linen with her hands up in the air, which are typical signs seen in patients with dementia. By giving her this doll, she turned her focus on caring for the doll. She tucked the baby “boy" in under a blanket and called it “Pretty Rita.” With the baby doll, she was more awake and responsive.
𝐓𝐢𝐩𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐅𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐬/𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐟𝐟!
1. Do not address the baby doll as a doll because for these patients, this baby is most often real.
2. Do not laugh or make fun of their actions because again, this is very real to them.
3. For nurses, family must be on board with this therapy for it to work. My patient’s family members were 100% onboard with the process and they loved to be able to take the baby doll home with them to use.
At my hospital, we use baby dolls for women, and use bulldog stuffed animals for men. Swipe to see the bulldog 😜