How to know if your child is ready for potty training

How to know if your child is ready for potty training. Readiness signs, developmental milestones, and common challenges associated with potty training.

Don't you secretly wish child-rearing came with a manual?! Like how to know when it's time to start potty training? And how to actually go about teaching a tiny, impulsive human how to direct their inner recycled goods into a tiny throne several times a day? While I can't tell you exactly how to potty train your ...

Mama OT’s One Year Anniversary Giveaway!

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{This giveaway is now closed} MamaOT.com turns one year old this month! It has been QUITE the year, filled with fun posts, new bloggie friends, and important real-life lessons learned along the way. I truly believe this blog has made me a better mom and pediatric therapist over the course of the past year. I am more ...

What is Therapeutic Listening ®?

Answers to basic questions about the Therapeutic Listening program for children who struggle with sensory, attention, social, emotional, or basic regulation issues.

This weekend I had the opportunity to further my professional development by obtaining training in a therapeutic program I've been wanting to use since before I was a therapist: THERAPEUTIC LISTENING ®. What is Therapeutic Listening ®? Therapeutic Listening ® is an "evidence-based auditory intervention intended to support individuals who experience challenges with sensory processing dysfunction, listening, attention, and communication." It's ...

Use a Pullover Bib to Practice Pre-Dressing Skills

Use a pullover bib to practice pre-dressing skills. So simple!

  Yesterday morning my 17-month-old son was wearing a pullover bib (something I had never heard of until my mother-in-law gave us one) and, all of a sudden, he pulled it up and over his head just like he was taking off a shirt. As soon as I saw him do this, a light bulb went ...

Why Kids Should Play with Baby Dolls (YES, even BOYS!)

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This post has been written in collaboration with pediatric speech-language pathologist Katie Yeh (PlayingWithWords365) and clinical psychologist Laura Hutchison (PlayDrMom). Thank you for your wonderful contribution, ladies!  . . . . . The baby doll is such a fantastic toy that we hope ALL children (Yes, even BOYS!) will have the opportunity to own and play with during ...

Get Ready for Info on Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

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This weekend I had the distinct privilege of attending the 15th annual international symposium on Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). It was held in my hometown of Sacramento, CA, and I was honored to be in the presence of some of the greatest leaders in the field of SPD research and intervention. In a nutshell, Sensory Processing ...

Coming Soon: “One Thing” Thursday

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I'm excited to announce the newest addition to the MamaOT blog!: "One Thing" Thursday Every Thursday, I will feature one quick tip that you can implement to help improve some aspect of your child's development. I will keep it as focused as possible so it's short, sweet, and easy to use. The age range addressed will vary ...

MamaOT and the “Top 10 Occupational Therapy Blogs”

Yesterday RehabAlternatives.com published a list of the Top 10 Occupational Therapy Blogs, and you know what? MamaOT.com was on there! I am very honored to have been included in this list of amazing bloggers, one of whom has written a guest post here on MamaOT. Remember Abby Brayton-Chung? She recently contributed a post entitled, "5 things your ...

MamaOT’s Makeover!

It's only been one month since the official launch of MamaOT and, already, exciting changes are coming. To those of you who have read, shared, linked to, or subscribed to this blog: THANK YOU! from the bottom of my heart. Thanks also to those of you who have commented, called, emailed, or Facebook messaged me ...

Official launch of Mama OT!

After several months of dreaming and brainstorming, I am excited to announce the official launch of Mama OT. My vision for this blog is that you will find practical tips and tricks to care for children, whether you are raising your own or caring for someone else's. These tidbits of insight are inspired by my many adventurous experiences ...