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.

Fine Motor Activity for Kids: Funny Face Lacing Plates

Turn leftover paper plates into funny face lacing plates to make lacing practice goofy and fun for kids! #finemotor #pediOT

Lacing is a developmental skill that is often tested and practiced in pediatric occupational therapy. It's a great indicator of a child's abilities related to hand-eye coordination, fine motor and bilateral skills, problem solving (aka- motor planning), sequencing, and attention. However, it's not often I meet a kid who loves lacing on a boring lacing ...

How to Use Handee Band to Help Preschoolers with Sensory and Motor Skills

Handee Band helps preschool-aged kids with hand, upper body, and core strength, as well as provides challenges related to heavy work, motor planning, and bilateral coordination. Perfect for pediatric OTs -- portable, compact, super easy to use, and fun for the kids!

As a pediatric OT who treats many children with sensory and motor difficulties, I am always looking for simple, fun treatment ideas that will make kids feel like they are playing instead of working. So I was super excited when I was contacted by occupational therapist Francesca Avalli, whose new product combines sensory integration, strengthening, and kid-friendly ...

3 Ways to Use Ping Pong Balls in Pediatric Occupational Therapy

3 simple ways to use ping pong balls in pediatric OT

Last week I had the opportunity to guest post over at OT Cafe, where I wrote about one item I like to keep in my therapy bag: ping pong balls! School-based occupational therapists often have to cart around therapy materials from school to school, so it’s important to have access to versatile, lightweight materials that can ...

Helpful Tips for New School-Based Occupational Therapists

Helpful tips for new school-based occupational therapists!

New school-based occupational therapists have a steep learning curve. To be honest, the experience of being a first-year school-based OT can be very similar to being a first-year teacher. Though you may be an excellent therapist and know how to do a great job when it comes to actually working with the students themselves, there ...

How to Use a Therapy Ball to Make Tummy Time Easier and More Fun for Baby

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If you've been around babies in recent years then you've probably heard about tummy time, am I right? Tummy time is simply any time a baby spends in the tummy-down position while awake and supervised. While placing babies on their tummies is not a brand new concept, it is something that has become more important in recent ...

How to Use an Ice Cube Tray for Fine Motor Development

How to use an ice cube tray for fine motor development. So creative!

Here at Mama OT I like to feature household items that can be used to promote your child's development, and today I am excited to share how an ice cube tray can be used to help develop fine motor skills! This post is just one in a series of 26 creative posts by other kid bloggers ...

30 OT Life Hacks: Tricks to Make Life Easier for You and Your Child

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Today I am excited to share with you 30 OT life hacks as part of the American Occupational Therapy Association's (AOTA's) campaign to promote the field of occupational therapy! What's a life hack, you ask? A life hack is any trick, shortcut, or new method that solves an everyday problem.  So what's an OT life hack? An OT life hack ...

How to Use a Button Snake for Fine Motor Development

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If you are trying to teach a child how to button but they are not quite ready for the real deal, then try using a button snake! In case you're not familiar, a button snake is basically a button that is fastened to a piece of ribbon or lace, which allows a child to practice the ...

Keyboarding Programs to Help Kids with Typing Practice

Great list of different keyboarding programs to help kids with typing practice, compiled by a school-based occupational therapist! Includes all kinds of programs -- free online typing lessons, fun games, the new Keyboarding Without Tears program, and an iPad app to help kids learn to type!

If you are looking for keyboarding programs to help your child with typing practice, you have come to the right place! Below are several resources that can help students practice their keyboarding skills and even learn to type. Most are free and can be found online. Others are programs that require payment or iPad app download. ...

DIY No-Sew Bean Bags {Plus Lots of Fun Bean Bag Activities!}

These DIY no-sew beanbags are simple to make, inexpensive, and can be used in so many ways to promote kids

I have been on a bit of a hot glue gun kick lately, making all sorts of fun things out of felt and hot glue. Then it hit me -- we should totally pull out our beans we use for sensory play and make some DIY no-sew bean bags! These beanbags are great because they are simple, ...