About christiekiley

My name is Christie and I am married to an amazing man named Brian. God is teaching us how to depend on Him for our every need, and how to depend on one another in the context of our marriage. I love kids. So that's what I do for a living. I work with kids. In any context. Right now that means working in occupational therapy...and learning to be a mom with a little kid of my own. But only God knows where He is taking me. So I walk by faith.

Tips to Help Parents of Teens with Autism Prepare for High School and College

OT-inspired tips to help parents of teens with autism prepare for success in high school and college. #autism #OTtips

Today I am excited to feature guest blogger (and friend of mine), Bill Wong, OTD, OTR/L. Bill recently had the amazing privilege of giving a TED talk at TedxGrandForks, and last year he was named Autism Parenting Magazine's "Top Occupational Therapist Writer" of 2014. I first met Bill in 2009 during our first week of OT school; then, ...

Baby Play Activity with a Muffin Tin and Rattle Balls {Tummy Time}

Place rattle balls in a muffin tin for a simple baby play activity that encourages hand-eye coordination (including reaching and grasping), strengthening, and motor planning for babies who can push up and roll but can

Playtime on the floor can feel tricky when you're supervising a baby who can push their chest off the floor and roll around, but can't yet crawl (between approximately 4-9 months). They are well on their way to developing the ability to crawl, but need some more time spent strengthening their core and upper body muscles! One ...

Simple Baby Play: Tissue Paper Kicking

Simple Baby Play

Today Occupational Therapist and owner of CanDo Kiddo, Rachel Coley, M.S., OTR/L, is here to share one of her many creative baby play activities. She also has a pretty awesome, one-of-a-kind product she has created to equip new parents to know how to play with their babies and promote healthy development in the first four months of life.  . ...

Connecting With Your Child Through Sensory Play

Sensory play offers SO MANY opportunities to connect with and build your relationship with your child! Learn more about sensory play and how it can help you connect with your child. #sensory #childdevelopment #mamaot

Sensory play is fun and good for your child’s development. But what if I told you sensory play is also good for the development of your relationship with your child? This post is part of the Happy New Year, Healthy Kids series being hosted by the awesome therapists of The Inspired Treehouse, a series where 20 child ...

How Does Crawling Develop?

An occupational therapist discusses how babies develop the ability to begin crawling. Part 1 in a 3-part series on the benefits of crawling (links to parts 2 and 3 included in post). #childdevelopment #pediOT #mamaot

Welcome to PART 1 of my 3-part series on crawling! Today I am excited to explore with you how babies develop the ability to crawl. Babies tend to begin scooting forward on their belly like a wiggly little lizard between about 8-9 months and then, on average, take their first official crawling “steps” on hands and knees ...

10 Ways to Use Pick and Draw in Therapy

10 ways to use Pick and Draw in therapy. Awesome, portable, simple game for working on a huge variety of therapy skills! #pediOT #mamaot

Pick and Draw is a simple, fun drawing game for kids. All you need is the Pick and Draw deck of cards, a drawing tool, and a drawing surface. That's it! I've been using this game at home with my preschooler as well as in my occupational therapy sessions ever since the game's creator sent ...

Block Drop Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers

Turn an old can and some blocks into a fine motor activity for toddlers! #finemotor #toddlers #mamaot

If you have a handful of square blocks, a can with a plastic lid, and a pair of scissors, then you have everything you need to make this block drop fine motor activity for toddlers! Much like the ball drop fine motor activity for babies I shared a while ago, this block drop activity helps little ...

Top 10 Posts on Parenting and Child Development {2014}

2014: Top 10 posts on PARENTING and CHILD DEVELOPMENT from MamaOT.com. Part of a HUMONGOUS round-up of top parenting tips from 40+ moms, therapists, and educators. #childdevelopment #parenting #mamaot #babies

Parenting is HARD WORK and often information about what kids need in order to be happy and healthy can be confusing, overwhelming, or misleading. That's why I've put together a list of the top 10 most popular posts on parenting and child development from 2014 to help you out! Here are the top 10 posts that you, ...

A Year in Review: Top Posts on Mama OT {2014}

Most popular posts from MamaOT.com in 2014. Top 10 lists related to the topics of babies, activities to do with toddlers, activities to do with preschoolers, fine motor skills, sensory & sensory play, and school-based occupational therapy. #pediot #childdevelopment #mamaot #finemotor #sensory

As 2014 comes to a close, I want to take a moment to thank each and every person who has read, liked, shared, tweeted, pinned, or subscribed to posts from MamaOT.com. I am so encouraged by the comments and messages I receive from those of you who appreciate my work and find my tips and ...

5 Things to Do With Your Kids During Winter Break for Sensory and Fine Motor Skills

5 things to do with your kids during Winter Break to work on sensory and fine motor skills. Includes free printer-friendly version of post to distribute to families, clients, and friends!

Below are five ideas for things you can do with your kid(s) over the Winter Break to support their sensory and fine motor skills! These are great activities to do with siblings, too! Please be sure to supervise for safety as needed. Affiliate links included for your convenience (full disclosure here). {Download a one-page printer-friendly version of this post ...