10 Special Education Terms Every Parent MUST Know!

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If your child qualifies for Special Education or is in the process of being evaluated for Special Education, you may be confused about all the different terms and acronyms used within the system. Today I want to highlight some common Special Education terminology you may hear in the United States, in order to help you better ...

Developmental Progression of Handwriting Skills

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As a pediatric occupational therapist, I often receive questions from concerned parents and teachers about whether their child is on track with their handwriting development. So today I wanted to share with you about the developmental progression of handwriting skills so you can keep these milestones in mind when tracking your child's handwriting development! DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRESSION ...

Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga for Kids

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Today I am exited to have pediatric occupational therapist Jaime Spencer here to share all about the benefits of yoga for kids as we continue our series on the therapeutic benefits of recreational activities! . . . . . THE BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR RECREATION The use of yoga as a recreational activity for children and adults can be extremely beneficial. Did ...

10 Stocking Stuffers to Help Your Child’s Pencil Grasp

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The school year is well underway, your three- to six-year-old is doing a lot of coloring or writing at school, and you might be wondering what kind of stocking stuffer or small gift you can get to help with their pencil grasp this holiday season. Well, I've got some ideas for you! First, before you go scouring the ...

The Science of Mom: A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby’s First Year

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If you have ever prepared for the birth of a little one, or know someone who has, then you know how stressful and confusing it can be. There is so much information out there that tries to persuade you one way or the other, and for every perspective on issues related to pregnancy, birth, and ...

Developmental Progression of Pencil Grasp

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You sit down with 3-year-old Sophia to spend some time coloring in her favorite princess coloring book. She grabs a blue crayon, holds it with her whole hand as her pointer finger points toward the tip and her forearm turns down toward the paper, and begins to transform Princess Elsa's dress into a scribbled blue. Should you ...

Pop the Blocks! Fine Motor Activity for Hand-Eye Coordination and Hand Strengthening

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Stacking blocks and working on hand strengthening can sometimes be boring or non-preferred for kids, especially those who struggle with fine motor skills. If this is the case for the kid(s) in your life, try this little fine motor activity. It involves not only grasping and hand-eye coordination, but also sneaks in some hand strengthening and basic ...

40 Play Dough Mats for Preschoolers

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Play dough mats are pictures or drawings that can be laminated or placed in a page protector, and they encourage a child to interact with the pictures through the use of play dough. This provides them a great opportunity to work on their fine motor, problem solving, pretend play, pre-writing, pre-reading, and pre-math skills, all ...

12 Simple Play Dough Activities for Preschoolers

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Play dough is a fun and easy material to use with preschoolers for play, learning, and development! As an occupational therapist, play dough is one of my go-to resources I use pretty much every day with kids who have a variety of needs. And as a mom, play dough has become a consistent part of my 4-year-old ...

Therapeutic Benefits of Bowling

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Have you ever thought about how bowling can be therapeutic and beneficial for kids? Today occupational therapist Cara Koscinski of PocketOT.com continues our series on the therapeutic benefits of recreational activities as she explains the therapeutic benefits of bowling! . . . . . Bowling is one of the oldest sports in existence and was even played by ...