Therapeutic Benefits of Swimming

Therapeutic Benefits of Swimming

Today I am excited to launch a new series on my blog all about the therapeutic benefits of recreational activities! First up: SWIMMING. And here to discuss the therapeutic benefits of swimming is physical therapist, blogger, and owner of Starfish Therapies, Stacy Menz. . . . . . Swimming is one of the recreational activities that I ...

Does Crawling Matter?: An Occupational Therapist Explores the Benefits of Crawling

Benefits of crawling

Welcome to PART 2 of my 3-part series on crawling! In Part 1, I discussed how crawling develops. If you haven't read Part 1 yet, I strongly suggest you go back and take a look at it by CLICKING HERE before continuing with this post. (You'll get to see some cute baby photos and video ...

To the Mom Who Had a C-Section: You are NOT a Failure

To the Mom Who Had a C-Section: You are NOT a Failure. Your birth story does NOT define who you are as a parent. #pregnancy #babies #csection

I didn't know much about c-sections before I had kids. When I was pregnant with my first baby, I was a second year student in OT school, immersed in a world of health education, research, and child development. I was completing my final clinical fieldwork experience, an awesome 8-month rotation at a pediatric therapy clinic. I was ...

Developmental Duffle: Ready-to-Go Activities and Toys for Toddlers

Developmental Duffles filled with developmentally-appropriate toys for kids from birth to age 5! #childdevelopment #pediOT

Picking out good toys for toddlers can be challenging. They are in that funny in-between stage where they have outgrown the baby toys but they aren't quite ready for the "big kid" toys that require more developed motor and problem solving skills. Plus many of them still put everything in their mouth! Have you experienced this frustration? Well, ...

Tips for Transitioning into a Career in Occupational Therapy from a Different Educational Path

Things to know and think about when considering the transition to a career in occupational therapy from another college major or educational path. #occupationaltherapy #pediOT

I often receive emails from college or grad school students who have discovered the field of occupational therapy and are freaking out for two reasons: 1) they are super excited about this new potential career and 2) they are really nervous and confused about whether they will need to change their major in order to ...

1-2-3 Just Play With Me: Developmental Play Ideas for Kids from Birth to Three

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Here at MamaOT.com I love to share tips, ideas, and resources that will help encourage kids' overall development. That's why I'm excited to share a resource with you I recently learned about that is geared toward supporting the development of children from birth to three years of age!   "1-2-3 Just Play with Me" is an interactive ...

5 Simple Ways to Help Kids Develop Fine Motor Skills at Home

Five simple ways to help kids develop fine motor skills at home! #finemotor #OTtips #childdevelopment #pediOT

A big part of my job as a pediatric occupational therapist is to help kids with their fine motor skills. This is because the hands and fingers play a huge role in completing everyday "occupations" such as playing, eating, dressing, managing self-care tasks, and participating at school. Although occupational therapy professionals are specially trained to help ...

5 Things to Consider When Deciding on a Career in Occupational Therapy

5 important things to consider to help you decide whether a career in occupational therapy is for you! #OTguide #OTMonth

I receive many emails from individuals who are curious and interested in learning more about pursuing a career in occupational therapy. Questions range from personal (Is it possible to balance family life with a career in OT?) to professional (What is a "typical day" like as an OT?) to getting down into the nitty gritty details ...

How to Talk to Your Child’s Doctor about Your Sensory Concerns

How to talk to your child

As a pediatric occupational therapist, it breaks my heart when I hear parents say something like, "I took my child to the pediatrician and I tried to tell them about all my sensory concerns, but they just brushed me off and told me my kid is just 'being a kid' and will grow out of ...