40 Heavy Work Activities for Kids

40 heavy work activities for kids #sensory #childdevelopment #pediOT

Our body has an internal sense known as "proprioception," which is basically our sense of body awareness. Our body senses proprioception through messages sent to the brain from sensory receptors in our muscles and joints. These sensations from the muscles and joints tell us how our bodies are moving, what each body part is doing in ...

The 5 BEST Things About Being an Occupational Therapist

The 5 best things about being an occupational therapist! #OTMonth

Occupational therapy is a holistic profession. It helps people of all ages achieve their goals of being able to participate in the things they want and/or need to be able to do on a daily basis, which we call “occupations”. These occupation-based goals are met through a variety of ways, including through the therapeutic use ...

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.  . ...