10 Gifts for Baby’s 1st Birthday!

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Have you ever tried to find the perfect birthday gift for a one-year-old? It’s tough! Walking those aisles of baby toys, many of them claiming that they will teach babies important developmental skills…especially those toys we call “SCLANS” that focus on teaching kids about shapes, colors, letters, and numbers (learn more about a speech therapist’s perspective on SCLANS ...

The ABC’s of Movement®: An Exercise in Combining Movement and Literacy

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I am very excited to introduce Laurie Gombash, PT, MEd, as she shares about her unique movement-based literacy program, The ABC’s of Movement®! . . . . . Thanks Mama OT for the opportunity to guest post and introduce a new educational product to your readers. As a school based physical therapist, I have taken my passion for helping ...

Tips to Get You Started with Infant Massage

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I am pleased to welcome Kim Lyons, MEd, CMT, as she shares all about how we can help our babies through the use of Infant Massage. . . . . . Touch is as essential as food and water in a child’s development. Through touch, families are able to listen, communicate, and read cues more effectively. Even if ...

Easy Tie Laces Help Kids Learn to Tie Their Shoes

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Have you ever tried to teach kids to tie their shoes? It's definitely not an easy skill to learn. Or to teach. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I help kids learn how to complete the skills they need for everyday life. That includes shoe tying. For the most part, the children I work on shoe tying ...

Handwriting: Why we should focus more on letter size than letter formation

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Welcome to Part Two of Dr. Beverly Moskowitz's two-part series on handwriting. Earlier this week, Dr. Moskowitz provided a compelling post on why we still need to teach handwriting (even in this age of technology), how occupational therapists typically work on handwriting, and why we may need to re-think that approach. Read the post from ...

Handwriting: Should we still teach it?

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I am honored to welcome guest blogger, Dr. Beverly Moskowitz! Bev is an occupational therapist, expert in the field of school-based practice, and creator of a relatively new (and very exciting!) approach to handwriting. I had the unique opportunity to interview Bev, and she had some profound insights to share about the role that handwriting ...

Toddler Fine Motor Activity: Transferring Marbles

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Here is an extremely simple toddler fine motor activity that takes literally seconds to set up. All it requires is two bowls and some marbles! Simply place all the marbles in one bowl. This will give you one full bowl and one empty bowl. You might be surprised to see that your child will know exactly ...

Marble Painting for Kids

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One of the challenging yet rewarding things about being an occupational therapist is finding activities that virtually any child can do, and that will turn out looking awesome, regardless of ability level. Marble painting is one of those activities. Inspired by the creativity of Deborah J. Stewart over at Teach Preschool, I decided to give marble painting ...

Tips for Teaching Shoe Tying to Children with Motor Difficulties

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Please welcome pediatric occupational therapist Corey Webb Stone, as she shares about how to teach shoe tying to kids who have difficulty using one arm or hand. . . . . . Tying your shoes can be a difficult thing to learn as a small child, especially if you are only working with one functional hand. In ...