Activities to Promote Your Child’s Communication Development

Great list of simple developmental activities to promote your infant, toddler, or preschooler

I am honored to have Pathways.org share a guest post today about simple yet powerful activities you can do with your infant, toddler, or preschooler to promote their communication development. I hope you find their ideas helpful as you communicate and bond with your child! . . . . . Birth to three years old is the ...

Benefits of Using Kinetic Sand in Therapy

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If you have been following Mama OT for any length of time, you know how much I love play-based materials that can promote a child's development, particularly fine motor and sensory processing skills. So you can imagine how excited I was when Michaels craft store asked me to write a guest post on their blog, ...

10 Awesome Summer Activities for Kids!

10 awesome summer activities for kids recommended by a pediatric occupational therapist - Mama OT

School is out and the kids are ready to play! If you’re looking for awesome summer activities for kids that are both fun AND beneficial, you’ve come to the right place! Here are a bunch of ideas to keep your kids playing, developing, learning, and having fun all summer long! This post contains affiliate links, which means ...

How to Make a Water Wall for Summer Fun

DIY water wall tutorial! - Mama OT

I have been wanting to make a water wall for outdoor water play for some time now. There are so many ways to promote your child's development by playing with a water wall (will be sharing in a future post!), plus, it just looks like FUN! So, the day after school got out last week, my ...

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

Breathing exercises to help kids calm and focus

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 ...