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.

Christmas Fine Motor Activity for Kids: Torn Paper Christmas Tree

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Here is one more simple Christmas fine motor activity for kids that we've been doing at work and home this month! I love it because it targets a variety of fine motor skills while also being very easy to adapt for kids of a wide range of ages and ability levels. What you'll need: Piece of white ...

Christmas Fine Motor Activity for Kids: Cotton Balls and Q-Tips Snowman

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Here is another fun Christmas Fine Motor Activity I have done with my kiddos in therapy this month that you can use with children who are of preschool and early elementary age. What you'll need: Piece of blue paper (or other non-white paper color), piece of white paper, glue, cotton balls, Q-tips, white paint (such as finger ...

Christmas Fine Motor Activity for Kids: Sponge Painting Christmas Tree

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I have been having fun working on Christmas fine motor activities this month with my kiddos and thought it would be fun to share some of them with you. This post is the first in a series of Christmas fine motor crafts I will be sharing in the next few days, so get ready for ...

Tips for Sensory Play with Candy Cane Scented Rice

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Don't you just love the scents associated with Christmas? Especially the peppermint smell (and taste) of candy canes? Me too! This December, full of holiday cheer, I decided to experiment with a batch of scented rice that would fill the house with that lovely candy cane smell while also giving us a chance to engage in ...

The Ultimate List of Gifts for Sensory Seekers

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If you are the parent of a child who is a sensory seeker (and you know who you are!), then you know first hand how difficult it can be to find the right kind of products that will help satisfy the sensory input his or her body craves. Well, look no further. I have put on my OT ...

Tips for Parents Whose Kids Are Starting Clinic-Based Pediatric Occupational Therapy

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If your child is getting ready to start clinic-based pediatric occupational therapy, you more than likely have a bunch of questions. Like, Is there anything I need to do in order to prepare? Or, What's it going to be like? Or, What should I bring? After having spent several years working in clinic-based pediatric occupational therapy ...

Why You Should Expose Your Baby to Music

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Please welcome guest blogger, Jessica Socheski! Jessica is here to share with us today about why it is important to expose kids to music from an early age. . . . . . Between birth and age 3, a child’s brain rapidly grows to construct important pathways and connections. Subsequently, the benefits of music for the brain ...

Handwriting Without Tears for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners: A Review, a Giveaway, and a Discount!

Tips for teaching Preschoolers and Kindergarteners to write. Plus a review, giveaway, and special discount!

Do you dread the day when you will have to teach your child to write? Have you ever found yourself hating each time you have to embark on writing instruction in your classroom? Do you wish there was an easier, more fun way to teach kids to write and really make it stick? Meet "Handwriting Without ...

Why You Should Use a Moby Wrap to Carry and Calm Your Baby

Tips from an occupational therapist about why a Moby Wrap is a good choice for parents who want to wear their baby!

Have you ever heard of the term "baby wearing"? It basically means holding your baby with the assistance of a cloth carrier. Did you know that baby wearing is one of the best things you can do for the "structural, neurological, physiological, and emotional development" of your baby? (Learn more here.) According to MobyWrap.com, baby wearing can ...

Sensory Play with Pumpkin Spice Latte Scented Rice

Celebrate fall with a batch of Pumpkin Spice Latte scented rice for sensory play with your kids!

Fall is finally here, and so is the Pumpkin Spice Latte (hooray!). What better way to celebrate its autumnal arrival than to grab a cup of creamy, spicy goodness for yourself and infuse that same savory scent into your child's playtime sensory rice. As I was rummaging through my spice cupboard, I happened upon my Pumpkin Pie ...