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Unusual Causes and Answers for Pet Behavior Problems
with Diana Henry and Deanna Sava

Original Air Date: 10-31-2008

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Heavy clothing provides touch pressure as Woodie Walks.
(photo by Carrie Luse)

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All wrapped up, the touch pressure calms Woodie.
(Photo by Carrie Luse)

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Joint compression has a calming effect on Sam.
(Photo by Hella Spencer)

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Amazon Parrot

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After running and chasing butterflies, Fuzz climbs up and snuggles into mailbox.
(Photo by Diana Henry)

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Abby the 'waif' finds comfort against the wall.
(Photo by Mary Kolinski) 

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Abby looking much healthier and happier with her loving brother, Freddie.
(Photo by Mary Kolinski)

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Cocoa dives under the oriental rug when he's overly excited.
(Photo by Jeanne Lewin)

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Shadow chews toys instead of human's arms.
(Photo by Maria Miller)

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Gia, an adopted dog receives deep pressure.
(Photo by Sharlett Lee Jensen)

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Gia receives jaw massages to help stop her nipping.
(Photo by Sharlett Lee Jensen)

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A little deep pressure to Marshal's muzzle goes a long way to help calm her down.
(Photo by Laura Barker)

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Chloe chomps on her pillow when she gets excited.
(Photo by Claudia-Ginsberg Brown)

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Sparrow Hatchlings.

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Piglet grunts with delight when Lois shows Diana her brushing strategy.
(Photo by Lois Hickman)

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Dr. Mark A. Colicchio, D.V.M. traveled to New Orleans to help the homeless animals.


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Sparky the therapy dog helps children with sensory issues.
(Photo by Kyle Sarratt)

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Girl reaches for Sparky as she works in the net swing during occupational therapy.
(Photo by Kyle Sarratt)

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Dakota allows Jake diagnosed with Autism to lie on top of her.
(Photo by Stacie McManus)

z99Guest-DeannaAndDiana.jpgDiana Henry, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, has specialized in the area of sensory integration and sensory processing for over 30 years. She is the president of Henry Occupational Therapy Services, Inc., studied with Lorna Jean King beginning in 1975, and then together founded what is now called the Children's Center in Arizona . Diana opened her clinic specializing in sensory integration (SI) in 1984 and developed programs for various Arizona schools. She earned the 1997 Outstanding Occupational Therapist Award from the Arizona Occupational Therapy Association.

She received her B.S. in OT from Tufts University , and her M.S. in sensory integration from Rush University . Diana has taught at Arizona State University , nationally to school districts, associations/clinics and internationally in Canada, England, France , Germany , Netherlands, Sweden , Brazil , Scotland and Ireland .

Diana and her husband have produced numerous handbooks, videos and dvds to help therapists, educators and parents understand the impact of sensory processing on motor coordination, functional performance, behavior and social participation.

In 2008, Diana was awarded the American Occupational Therapy Recognition of Achievement Award for developing The Sensory Processing Measure (SPM) with Heather Miller Kuhaneck and Tara Glennon.

In February 2000, Diana and her husband Rick embarked on ATEACHABOUT. Living full time in their RV has given them the flexibility to address individual community needs and develop sensory safe environments for all children and adults. Their 'sensory' workshops, individualized for specific communities, are available for administrators, educators, school psychologists, physicians, other health professionals, OTs, PTs, SLPs, parents and caregivers. In 2007, ATEACHABOUT was featured in a PBS documentary: The Boomer Century.

Deanna Iris Sava, MS, OTR/L , received her Bachelor's degree in Communications in 1984 from Dominican University , River Forest , IL . In 1993, she obtained her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Rush University, IL

She worked on an adult inpatient physical rehabilitation unit for three years, and has worked in pediatrics in the school setting since 1996. She is certified in sensory integration, therapeutic listening, and assistive technology. She is active on several pediatric occupational therapy listservs and has published extensively. Deanna has her own website, OT Exchange, which offers free resources to anyone who supports children with special needs and their families. She is the proud "human mom" to two beautiful cats, Chloe and Aries.

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Diana Henry's official website

Deanna Sava's official website


Additional Resources

Here are some of the links to resources that were mentioned by Diane Henry and Deanna Sava that you may find helpful.

1. Anxiety Wraps. These are articles of clothing for your pet that can help calm them. In addition to the uses described on the Anxiety Wraps website, for the purpose of our topic, they operate in basically the same way as applying deep pressure to your animals's body as depicted in the photographs numbers 1, 2 and 10 shown above.

3. Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson

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