Recommended Resources

Below you’ll find an ever-growing list of recommended resources on a wide variety of topics. Those I most highly recommend are marked with an asterisk (*). The categories are listed in A-Z order so work your way down, find something that catches your eye, and click on the link to learn more!

Activity Ideas for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
1. *Productive Parenting.
2. *OT Mom Learning Activities.
3. No Time for Flash Cards.
3. The Toddler’s Busy Book: 365 Creative Games and Activities to Keep Your 1 1/2- to 3-Year-Old Busy, by Trish Kuffner
4. The Preschooler’s Busy Book: 365 Creative Games and Activities to Occupy 3-6 Year Olds, by Trish Kuffner
5. The Wiggle and Giggle Busy Book: 365 Fun, Physical Activities for Your Toddler and Preschooler, by Trish Kuffner & Megan McGinnis
6. Arts and Crafts Busy Book: 365 Activities, by Trish Kuffner & Bruce Lansky

1. Autism Speaks.
2. *Autism Speaks Downloadable Tool Kits — first 100 days after diagnosis, Asperger’s/high functioning autism, preparing for blood draws, preparing for the dentist, oral care tool kit, family support tool kit, housing and residential supports, IEP guide and school resources, medication decision aid, school community tool kit, sleep tool kit, talking to parents about autism tool kit, tips for successful haircuts, transition tool kit, visual supports.
3. Autism Science Foundation.

Baby Care
1. The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two, by William Sears, Martha Sears, Robert Sears, & James Sears

1. *The Nursing Mother’s Companion, by Kathleen Huggins, R.N., M.S.
2. Dr. Brian Palmer, DDS.

Breast Pumping
1. Medela.

Development of Fine Motor/Hand Skills
1. From Rattles to Writing: A Parent’s Guide to Hand Skills, by Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L

Development of Gross Motor Skills
1. Why Motor Skills Matter: Improve Your Child’s Physical Development to Enhance Learning and Self-Esteem, by Laura Losquadro Liddle, M.P.T. (with Laura Yorke)

Development of Language Skills
1. *It Takes Two to Talk: A Practical Guide for Parents of Children with Language Delays. By Jan Pepper & Elaine Weitzman
2. Baby Babble. DVD made by speech therapists for kids 3-30 months. Parent tutorial, sign language tutorial, developmental charts.

Development of Mouth, Feeding, and Speech Skills
1. *Nobody Ever Told Me (or my Mother) That!: Everything From Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development, by Diane Bahr, M.S., CCC-SLP
2. Talk Tools.

Pregnancy and Birth
1. *Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, by Ina May Gaskin
2. What to Expect When You’re Expecting, by Heidi Murkoff & Sharon Mazel
3. The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-to-be, by Armin A. Brott & Jennifer Ash

Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorder
1. *Sensory Integration and the Child, by A. Jean Ayres, Ph.D.
2. The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder, by Carol Kranowitz, M.A. (preface by Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., OTR)
3. The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder, by Carol Kranowitz, M.A.
4. Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues, by Lindsey Biel, M.A., OTR/L, and Nancy Peske
5. Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder, by Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., OTR
6. The Sensory Processing Disorder Answer Book: Practical Answers to the Top 250 Questions Parents Ask, by Tara Delaney, M.S., OTR/L

1. The Baby Sleep Site: Helping You and Your Child Sleep.
2. The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night, by Elizabeth Pantley
3. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, by Marc Weissbluth, M.D.
4. The Happiest Baby on the Block, by Harvey Karp, M.D.
5. On Becoming Baby Wise, by Gary Ezzo & Robert Bucknam, M.D.

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Don’t see what you’re looking for? Leave a comment below or send an email to mamaotblog [at] gmail [dot] com and I’ll see what I can dig up!

15 thoughts on “Recommended Resources

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  2. Hi, I am just starting into the wonderful land of pediatric OT, I graduated in August as a COTA. I am seriously considering purchasing an IPAD. Do you know if I can write off the expense since I’ll be it for therapy?

    • Congratulations on graduating! An iPad can be a really useful tool for therapy. I believe you can write off the full price of the purchase plus any apps if you use them exclusively for your job. If you also use the iPad or apps for your personal consumption, then I believe you can only write off a percentage of it (like if you use it 50% of the time for work and 50% for personal, then you can only write off 50% of the price). However, I’m not totally sure about the details, so don’t quote me on it. I remember pinning an article about this several months ago but can’t find it at the moment. Anyone else know about writing off expenses for work?

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  4. Hello! I’ll be starting into the pediatric field of OT in few weeks and I was wondering if you know of any good resources or books to help me prepare for it :) any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance!

  5. Hey MamaOT!
    I was hoping you might know of some video resources for NDT handling with 0-3 to use with students? I’ve taken coursework but it’s a hard topic to teach using text – not sure that even exists!

    • That would be such a great training tool. I don’t know of any at the moment, but I’ll let you know if I ever hear of anything. Good luck!

  6. Hi,
    I have just graduated as an OT in Ireland and just recently found your blog and I love it! I am travelling to Sri Lanka in September to volunteer for 3 months and I will be working with children and adult with various disabilities. I am looking for an activity book to bring with me. I am looking for a very simple arts and crafts book just to bring with me as a reference. We are also supposed to bring resources but I have very limited room in my luggage, would you recommend any resources specifically, I am already bring some sensory toys and arts and crafts materials.
    Thanks in advance

    • What an exciting opportunity! I have recently co-published a book that sounds it may be what you are looking for. There is a paperback version, Kindle version, and e-book version (which can be viewed as a full-color PDF and you can also print it out in part or whole if you want). You can find all the options on my e-books page here: Have fun!

  7. Hello, do you have any resources related to working in a school setting with middle through high school students? Most of my students are higher functioning with learning disabilities and visual motor and or visual spatial issues. Thanks!

    • Great question. I don’t have any resources off the top of my head since I currently work primarily with toddlers through elementary age. Sorry, good luck!

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