How to Use an Ice Cube Tray for Fine Motor Development

How to use an ice cube tray for fine motor development. So creative!

Here at Mama OT I like to feature household items that can be used to promote your child's development, and today I am excited to share how an ice cube tray can be used to help develop fine motor skills! This post is just one in a series of 26 creative posts by other kid bloggers ...

30 OT Life Hacks: Tricks to Make Life Easier for You and Your Child

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Today I am excited to share with you 30 OT life hacks as part of the American Occupational Therapy Association's (AOTA's) campaign to promote the field of occupational therapy! What's a life hack, you ask? A life hack is any trick, shortcut, or new method that solves an everyday problem.  So what's an OT life hack? An OT life hack ...

How to Use a Button Snake for Fine Motor Development

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If you are trying to teach a child how to button but they are not quite ready for the real deal, then try using a button snake! In case you're not familiar, a button snake is basically a button that is fastened to a piece of ribbon or lace, which allows a child to practice the ...

Keyboarding Programs to Help Kids with Typing Practice

Great list of different keyboarding programs to help kids with typing practice, compiled by a school-based occupational therapist! Includes all kinds of programs -- free online typing lessons, fun games, the new Keyboarding Without Tears program, and an iPad app to help kids learn to type!

If you are looking for keyboarding programs to help your child with typing practice, you have come to the right place! Below are several resources that can help students practice their keyboarding skills and even learn to type. Most are free and can be found online. Others are programs that require payment or iPad app download. ...

DIY No-Sew Bean Bags {Plus Lots of Fun Bean Bag Activities!}

These DIY no-sew beanbags are simple to make, inexpensive, and can be used in so many ways to promote kids

I have been on a bit of a hot glue gun kick lately, making all sorts of fun things out of felt and hot glue. Then it hit me -- we should totally pull out our beans we use for sensory play and make some DIY no-sew bean bags! These beanbags are great because they are simple, ...

What to do after graduation: Tips for finding a job as a new Occupational Therapist

Tips and things to consider when trying to find a job as a new Occupational Therapist!

Graduation has passed and now you are studying for your board exam and stressing about finding a job as a new Occupational Therapist. Can you relate? If so, I have good news! Read on for some helpful tips for finding your first job as a new OT grad, from therapist Derek Fenwick of Infinity Rehab. . ...

Activities to Promote Your Child’s Communication Development

Great list of simple developmental activities to promote your infant, toddler, or preschooler

I am honored to have Pathways.org share a guest post today about simple yet powerful activities you can do with your infant, toddler, or preschooler to promote their communication development. I hope you find their ideas helpful as you communicate and bond with your child! . . . . . Birth to three years old is the ...

Benefits of Using Kinetic Sand in Therapy

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If you have been following Mama OT for any length of time, you know how much I love play-based materials that can promote a child's development, particularly fine motor and sensory processing skills. So you can imagine how excited I was when Michaels craft store asked me to write a guest post on their blog, ...

10 Awesome Summer Activities for Kids!

10 awesome summer activities for kids recommended by a pediatric occupational therapist - Mama OT

School is out and the kids are ready to play! If you’re looking for awesome summer activities for kids that are both fun AND beneficial, you’ve come to the right place! Here are a bunch of ideas to keep your kids playing, developing, learning, and having fun all summer long! This post contains affiliate links, which means ...

How to Make a Water Wall for Summer Fun

DIY water wall tutorial! - Mama OT

I have been wanting to make a water wall for outdoor water play for some time now. There are so many ways to promote your child's development by playing with a water wall (will be sharing in a future post!), plus, it just looks like FUN! So, the day after school got out last week, my ...