Let Your Baby Play With His Peas…and Eat Them Too!

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Today I am honored to welcome Occupational Therapist Carole Maisel as she shares about why it's okay (and important!) for babies to get messy and explore while they eat. . . . . . As a pediatric occupational therapist I understand the importance of promoting early self help skills and the intrinsic value of sensory exploration. According ...

Cut Back on the Baby Gear and Boost Your Baby’s Development

Tips and activities from a child development specialist and OT to promote your baby

Did you know that, in today's overwhelming world of baby stuff, new parents commonly spend between $9,000 and $12,000 on baby-related products in their baby's first year? WHAT???!!! Over ten thousand dollars on baby stuff??? In just the first year? Holy smokes! What is going on, people???!!! I learned this mind-blowing statistic from a book recently ...

How to Make a Fine Motor Puzzle Out of Shapes and Play Dough

Help your child develop fine motor skills with this simple yet creative puzzle activity using shapes and play dough.

Have you ever been playing with your child with play dough and just totally run out of ideas for how else to use it? Well, here's an idea you can try for some fine motor fun: Make your own puzzle! All you need is some play dough and shapes from a shape sorter. I like the shape ...

How to Roll a Ball With Your Baby to Support His or Her Development

Tips from a pediatric occupational therapist on how to roll a ball with your baby to support the advancement of several developmental skills!

Did you know the simple act of rolling a ball with your baby can encourage a host of important developmental skills? Once your baby is able to sit independently when placed on the floor, she will be ready to start learning how to roll a ball back and forth with her favorite person: YOU! Some of the ...

Christmas Fine Motor Activity for Kids: Torn Paper Christmas Tree

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Here is one more simple Christmas fine motor activity for kids that we've been doing at work and home this month! I love it because it targets a variety of fine motor skills while also being very easy to adapt for kids of a wide range of ages and ability levels. What you'll need: Piece of white ...

Christmas Fine Motor Activity for Kids: Cotton Balls and Q-Tips Snowman

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Here is another fun Christmas Fine Motor Activity I have done with my kiddos in therapy this month that you can use with children who are of preschool and early elementary age. What you'll need: Piece of blue paper (or other non-white paper color), piece of white paper, glue, cotton balls, Q-tips, white paint (such as finger ...

Christmas Fine Motor Activity for Kids: Sponge Painting Christmas Tree

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I have been having fun working on Christmas fine motor activities this month with my kiddos and thought it would be fun to share some of them with you. This post is the first in a series of Christmas fine motor crafts I will be sharing in the next few days, so get ready for ...

Tips for Sensory Play with Candy Cane Scented Rice

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Don't you just love the scents associated with Christmas? Especially the peppermint smell (and taste) of candy canes? Me too! This December, full of holiday cheer, I decided to experiment with a batch of scented rice that would fill the house with that lovely candy cane smell while also giving us a chance to engage in ...

The Ultimate List of Gifts for Sensory Seekers

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If you are the parent of a child who is a sensory seeker (and you know who you are!), then you know first hand how difficult it can be to find the right kind of products that will help satisfy the sensory input his or her body craves. Well, look no further. I have put on my OT ...

Tips for Parents Whose Kids Are Starting Clinic-Based Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Tips to prepare parents for their child

If your child is getting ready to start clinic-based pediatric occupational therapy, you more than likely have a bunch of questions. Like, Is there anything I need to do in order to prepare? Or, What's it going to be like? Or, What should I bring? After having spent several years working in clinic-based pediatric occupational therapy ...