How to Talk to Your Child’s Doctor about Your Sensory Concerns

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As a pediatric occupational therapist, it breaks my heart when I hear parents say something like, "I took my child to the pediatrician and I tried to tell them about all my sensory concerns, but they just brushed me off and told me my kid is just 'being a kid' and will grow out of ...

The Most Important Things You Need to Know about Becoming an Occupational Therapy Practitioner: A Guide for Prospective Students {E-Book Launch!}

Free e-book: The Most Important Things You Need to Know about Becoming an Occupational Therapy Practitioner: A guide for prospective students #OTguide #occupationaltherapy

Ever since I started MamaOT.com in 2012, I have consistently received emails from people who have discovered the field of occupational therapy and want to learn more about pursuing a career in OT. They either tend to be really excited, or really stressed out. And they want my help. They want to know what it’s like to be an ...

5 Tips to Help Kids Who Chew on Everything

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Have you ever been around kids who seem to chew on everything? This post and its related giveaway are sponsored by Chewigem USA. Some kids chew on their shirt collar, their hair, their fingers and toes, the end of their sleeve, or the string on their sweatshirt. Other kids are drawn to items that are more firm and ...

40 Heavy Work Activities for Kids

40 heavy work activities for kids #sensory #childdevelopment #pediOT

Our body has an internal sense known as "proprioception," which is basically our sense of body awareness. Our body senses proprioception through messages sent to the brain from sensory receptors in our muscles and joints. These sensations from the muscles and joints tell us how our bodies are moving, what each body part is doing in ...

The 5 BEST Things About Being an Occupational Therapist

The 5 best things about being an occupational therapist! #OTMonth

Occupational therapy is a holistic profession. It helps people of all ages achieve their goals of being able to participate in the things they want and/or need to be able to do on a daily basis, which we call “occupations”. These occupation-based goals are met through a variety of ways, including through the therapeutic use ...

10 Play Dough Activities for Toddlers

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Once your toddler graduates from the stage where everything MUST go in the mouth, it's time to start having some fun with play dough! For little ones this age, I personally like to use homemade play dough because, let's face it, there still is a possibility they will try to give it a taste. Here's the ...

Choosing Toys for Play With A Purpose During Baby’s First Year

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Here at Mama OT I love to write about the best baby toys and activities to promote infant development, so today I am excited to have pediatric physical therapist Nicole Sergent, co-owner of Milestones & Miracles, share about how to choose the best toys for baby's first year in order to make play time beneficial to ...

The school-based occupational therapy book EVERY school OT needs to know about!

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If you are a school-based OT or OT Assistant, or think you may someday work in the school-based OT setting, there is a book you NEED to know about! It's called The Occupational Therapist's Handbook for Inclusive School Practices. The Occupational Therapist's Handbook for Inclusive School Practices has transformed the way I think about my school-based practice. ...

Popsicle Sticks to Encourage Movement and Focus in the Classroom

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This weekend I had the opportunity to learn from an awesome bunch of OTs and OT Assistants while speaking at the annual “California Best Practices in School-Based OT” Conference. I had been asked to put together a short 20-minute presentation that highlighted some innovative treatment strategies I am currently using in my school-based practice. Because ...