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.

10 Play Dough Activities for Toddlers

10 play dough activities for toddlers - Mama OT #finemotor #childdevelopment

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 ...

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

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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 ...