Hide Puzzle Pieces to Promote Fine Motor Skills {Photo Friday}

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Welcome to Photo Friday, a place where I share photos of therapeutic tools and ideas that can help boost your child’s development. Please give me feedback on my ideas — I love hearing how they go over with other kids! . . . . . Looking for a way to make puzzle time more engaging and challenging for both ...

Mama OT’s Top 5 Favorite Holiday Gifts from 2012

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My toddler was so blessed by the fantastic gifts he received from friends and family this year for Christmas. While we really, truly appreciated all of them, I want to draw your attention to five in particular that touched my Mama OT heart. Maybe they will inspire you in your future gift-giving endeavors. Some links ...

Toddler Fine Motor Skills: Pipe Cleaner Colander

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Looking for a way to work on toddler fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination? Or, here's a better question...looking for a way to keep your toddler busy? Give them a colander and some pipe cleaners (both of which I found at the Dollar Tree), demo how to use it if needed, and let them go to ...

Reusable Baby Food Pouches: Squishy Snak Paks!

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I love baby food pouches! They are practical, healthy, and easy-to-use. I first discovered them when my son was eight or nine months old, and it made picnics in the park and coffee dates with Mommy so much easier...and less messy! Not only that, baby food pouches also taught him how to drink from a ...

Holiday Survival Tips for Families of Children with Special Needs

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The holiday season is often filled with shopping, unique food, and special time spent with distant loved ones. For many families, this is no big deal -- chaotic, but manageable. But for families of children with autism and/or special sensory needs (especially sensory sensitivities), these events may often be met with dread, stress, and major ...

Toddler Nature Walk

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This morning my little walker and I needed to get out of the house and grab some fresh air on this crisp, clear day. So we grabbed the bucket that goes with his shape sorter (find here) and headed out for a 20-minute walk around our complex to go collect some autumn leaves. Our little nature ...

Reindeer Fine Motor Craft

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  For preschoolers and Kindergarteners who need to work on cutting and fine motor skills, try this simple reindeer craft. Since the body and head are oval-shaped, they serve as a nice transition from learning to cut straight lines to learning to cut circles (since two of the sides are relatively flat). You can pre-cut the antlers ...