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 ...

Kidmondo: An Online Program for Tracking Your Child’s Development and Creating a Baby Book

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Have you ever tried to keep up with your little one's baby book, only to constantly forget, fall behind, or feel like a total failure? Yeah. Me too. Today I'm excited for Michelle LaRowe to share with you about a fun, new, EASY way to not only track your child's development but also create an ...

Tips for Positively Addressing Your Child’s Behavior Using a Token Economy

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If you have ever wondered how you can address a child's behavior without yelling at them again and again, listen up! Today we have guest blogger Alexandra Beck here to share some tips for how to positively address a child's behavior using something called a "token economy". Hope it helps! . . . . . Fall is ...

Are Swimming Lessons for Everyone?: Helpful tips for introducing your child to the pool

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I am very excited to welcome Jennifer Ashton Ryan as today's guest blogger on Mama OT! Jennifer (pictured below with her daughter) is here to share about why it's important to introduce children to swimming, plus she will share what happens during swimming lessons and how you can go about getting your little one comfortable ...

Three Unexpected Responsibilities of an Occupational Therapy Assistant

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I am pleased to welcome Dr. Kurt Hubbard as today's guest blogger! He is here to share three responsibilities that Occupational Therapy Assistants need to be aware of, but that they may not have realized are part of the job description. . . . . . The work of an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) is fairly straightforward: ...

Do We Need to Worry About Touch Screen Babies?

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Occupational therapist Katherine Collmer, author of the blog Handwriting with Katherine, is here today to share her insights on the latest findings and recommendations related to "touch screen babies". She has some powerful information to share, plus tips for how we can enhance our children's learning experiences without giving up the latest technology! . . . . . I ...

How to Do Aquatic Therapy in Your Own Pool!

Playing in the water is not only fun sensory play, it can also be very therapeutic for kids who need to strengthen their muscles. An occupational therapist provides fun suggestions for how to do this aquatic therapy in your own pool!

Today I am excited to introduce Cara Koscinski, MOT, OTR/L, otherwise known as The Pocket Occupational Therapist. Cara has some great tips for how to use your own pool for therapy! . . . . . Let me begin by saying how excited I am to be a guest blogger for Mama OT!   Having been a fan for a ...

Beware the Baby Bumbo Seat

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I am delighted to welcome guest blogger, Rebecca Talmud, DPT! Rebecca is a pediatric physical therapist, and today she is here to enlighten us about baby Bumbo Seats. . . . . . As a pediatric physical therapist I am constantly being asked about different pieces of equipment. What is best for children? What will help them develop, ...

To sit…or not to sit: Developing functional sitting skills in babies

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Today I am excited to welcome pediatric physical therapist Wendi McKenna, DPT, PCS, C/NDT! Wendi is here to talk to us about how to help our babies become independent, functional, confident sitters. (Spoiler Alert: It's not by putting them in a Bumbo seat.) . . . . . A celebrated developmental milestone is when a 6-month-old baby (give ...

Tips for Teaching Kids About Fire Safety

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Teaching kids how to appropriately respond to a fire can be very difficult, particularly when teaching children with special needs. Today Susan Penney is here to share some tips for how to effectively teach children to safely respond to fires by putting a fun spin on the old "Stop, Drop, and Roll". Hope it helps! . ...