Favorite Summer Activity: Playing with Bubbles {Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY!}

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I am so excited to be teaming up with a great group of therapy bloggers this week to bring you a SUPER fun blog hop and giveaway! All of us have picked out our favorite summer toy or activity that promotes developmental skills. The list is full of great ideas that are sure to keep your ...

Your Guide to ARK Therapeutic’s Fine Motor Tool: The Tran-Quill Pen and Writing Set

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Today I have the exciting opportunity to share with you about a therapeutic fine motor tool from ARK Therapeutic called the Tran-Quill Pen and Writing Set. My goal with this post is to walk you through the benefits of using this vibrating writing tool, as well as highlight all the different ways you can use it ...

25 Fine Motor Activities Using Household Items

25 occupational therapist-approved fine motor activities for toddlers and preschoolers, using items found around the house. Great for parents and therapists on a budget!

If you've been wanting to do fine motor activities with your toddler or preschooler but don’t want to spend a lot of money and just don’t know where to start, this is the post for you! As both a think-outside-the-box occupational therapist and money-saving mom, I’m right there with you. Here is a list of 25 ...

3 Simple Breathing Exercises to Help Your Child Calm and Focus

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I am pleased to introduce yoga therapist Mira Binzen to you today on Mama OT! Mira is going to share with us why conscious breathing is one of the best tools we have to help children regulate their nervous systems, and how we can use a few simple yet powerful breathing exercises to help kids ...

Are Car Seat Travel Systems Bad for Baby?

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I am so excited to have pediatric physical therapist Chanda Jothen here today! Chanda has a passion for empowering parents to promote their babies' physical development. She has some great information to share about how car seat travel systems can influence babies' health and development. I hope you find it helpful! . . . . . As parents we ...

Your Guide to ARK Therapeutic’s Oral Motor and Feeding Tools

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Today I have the exciting opportunity to share with you about oral motor and feeding tools from ARK Therapeutic! My goal with this post is to walk you through the basics of some of ARK's most popular oral motor products and highlight additional resources that will give you some helpful pointers for how to use each ...

10 Gifts for Baby’s 1st Birthday!

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Have you ever tried to find the perfect birthday gift for a one-year-old? It’s tough! Walking those aisles of baby toys, many of them claiming that they will teach babies important developmental skills…especially those toys we call “SCLANS” that focus on teaching kids about shapes, colors, letters, and numbers (learn more about a speech therapist’s perspective on SCLANS ...

The ABC’s of Movement®: An Exercise in Combining Movement and Literacy

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I am very excited to introduce Laurie Gombash, PT, MEd, as she shares about her unique movement-based literacy program, The ABC’s of Movement®! . . . . . Thanks Mama OT for the opportunity to guest post and introduce a new educational product to your readers. As a school based physical therapist, I have taken my passion for helping ...

Tips to Get You Started with Infant Massage

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I am pleased to welcome Kim Lyons, MEd, CMT, as she shares all about how we can help our babies through the use of Infant Massage. . . . . . Touch is as essential as food and water in a child’s development. Through touch, families are able to listen, communicate, and read cues more effectively. Even if ...

Easy Tie Laces Help Kids Learn to Tie Their Shoes

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Have you ever tried to teach kids to tie their shoes? It's definitely not an easy skill to learn. Or to teach. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I help kids learn how to complete the skills they need for everyday life. That includes shoe tying. For the most part, the children I work on shoe tying ...