Fine Motor Boot Camp: A New Way to Support Fine Motor Practice

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One of my favorite things to do as a pediatric occupational therapist is to find ways to help parents and teachers carry over therapy recommendations to support developmental progress. So any time I learn about tools or tricks to help with this, I get really excited and I want to share them with everyone I ...

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How Outdoor Play Builds Social and Emotional Skills in Children

Social-emotional and cognitive benefits of outdoor play

Today's post comes to you from Pediatric Occupational Therapist Angela Hanscom, who recently released a book called Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children. Angela wanted to share about how outdoor play can help build social-emotional and cognitive skills in children!  . . . . . Your child's mind is rapidly ...

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5 Ways to Improve Self-Regulation Skills in Toddlers and Young Children

Occupational Therapy tips to help toddlers and young children with self-regulation skills

Please welcome guest blogger Kim Syers -- an early intervention occupational therapist, blogger, and mama! She is here to share tips for how to improve self-regulation skills in toddlers and young children. . . . . . WHAT IS SELF-REGULATION? Self-regulation is the ability to adjust one’s own emotions, attention and behavior depending on the situation at hand. It is ...

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The Developmental Progression of Play Skills

A pediatric OT outlines the developmental progression of play skills #functionalskillsforkids

"Play" is one of those things that gets talked about a lot in child development circles and on social media. You might hear about the benefits of play-based learning, or how giving kids more recess will improve their school behavior and learning abilities, or how there are sensory benefits to encouraging kids to play in and explore ...

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Developmental Duffle: Ready-to-Go Activities and Toys for Toddlers

Developmental Duffles filled with developmentally-appropriate toys for kids from birth to age 5! #childdevelopment #pediOT

Picking out good toys for toddlers can be challenging. They are in that funny in-between stage where they have outgrown the baby toys but they aren't quite ready for the "big kid" toys that require more developed motor and problem solving skills. Plus many of them still put everything in their mouth! Have you experienced this frustration? Well, ...

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1-2-3 Just Play With Me: Developmental Play Ideas for Kids from Birth to Three

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Here at MamaOT.com I love to share tips, ideas, and resources that will help encourage kids' overall development. That's why I'm excited to share a resource with you I recently learned about that is geared toward supporting the development of children from birth to three years of age!   "1-2-3 Just Play with Me" is an interactive ...

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How Does Crawling Develop?

An occupational therapist discusses how babies develop the ability to begin crawling. Part 1 in a 3-part series on the benefits of crawling (links to parts 2 and 3 included in post). #childdevelopment #pediOT #mamaot

Welcome to PART 1 of my 3-part series on crawling! Today I am excited to explore with you how babies develop the ability to crawl. Babies tend to begin scooting forward on their belly like a wiggly little lizard between about 8-9 months and then, on average, take their first official crawling “steps” on hands and knees ...

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Top 10 Posts on Parenting and Child Development {2014}

2014: Top 10 posts on PARENTING and CHILD DEVELOPMENT from MamaOT.com. Part of a HUMONGOUS round-up of top parenting tips from 40+ moms, therapists, and educators. #childdevelopment #parenting #mamaot #babies

Parenting is HARD WORK and often information about what kids need in order to be happy and healthy can be confusing, overwhelming, or misleading. That's why I've put together a list of the top 10 most popular posts on parenting and child development from 2014 to help you out! Here are the top 10 posts that you, ...

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A Year in Review: Top Posts on Mama OT {2014}

Most popular posts from MamaOT.com in 2014. Top 10 lists related to the topics of babies, activities to do with toddlers, activities to do with preschoolers, fine motor skills, sensory & sensory play, and school-based occupational therapy. #pediot #childdevelopment #mamaot #finemotor #sensory

As 2014 comes to a close, I want to take a moment to thank each and every person who has read, liked, shared, tweeted, pinned, or subscribed to posts from MamaOT.com. I am so encouraged by the comments and messages I receive from those of you who appreciate my work and find my tips and ...

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Better than a Bumbo: 5 Ways to Support a Wobbly Sitter

Better than a Bumbo: 5 Ways to Support a Wobbly Sitter #childdevelopment #babies #pediOT

I am excited to welcome pediatric occupational therapist Rachel Coley as she shares practical ideas for how to support wobbly babies who are new to sitting, without the use of baby equipment such as a Bumbo seat.  . . . . . As parents, just when we think we’ve figured out how to keep our little ones ...

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