Tips for Keeping Your Kids Happy on Family Vacations

Orlando

This post was written in collaboration with travel expert, Kendra Thornton. Enjoy! . . . . . Though parents everywhere might feel a bit beleaguered when putting together a majestic family vacation, the stress does not have to be overwhelming. By taking care of a few simple tasks beforehand, the grand road trip should be one for ...

Mama OT’s Product of the Month: Potato Head {June 2013}

This month's featured product is the good ol' fashioned Mr. Potato Head! Potato Head is a classic. Did you know he was the first toy advertised on television and his commercial was the first to be directed specifically toward kids? And did you know that he was originally distributed with plastic body parts and sharp push ...

iPad App for Fine Motor Skills: Dexteria

Dexteria fine motor app

There are a TON of apps out there that claim to be educational in some way, but is there specifically an iPad app for fine motor skills? Yes! Dexteria is an app that was designed in consultation with licensed Occupational Therapists to help develop fine motor skills, dexterity, and handwriting readiness in children and adults. It contains ...

An Appreciation of Occupational Therapists

"An Appreciation of Occupational Therapists". One mother

Please join me in welcoming Melissa Castino Reid as MamaOT's newest guest blogger. When Melissa first shared her daughter Rachel's story with me several months ago, I was moved beyond words. I signed up to join her "Bus of Hope" and have been following their journey ever since. I hope her story, struggle, and triumph ...

Develop Fine Motor Skills with Toothpicks

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If you have a child who struggles with developing an appropriate pencil grasp or fine motor skills in general, try playing with toothpicks. In this photo, the child who struggles with fine motor strength, grasp, and hand dominance had to unscrew the cap of the cinnamon bottle (bilateral skills to hold the bottle with one ...

Pumpkin Pie Scented Play Dough

Pumpkin pie scented play dough

November is here and there's nothing like the smell of sweet pumpkin pie...in your child's play dough! Pumpkin pie scented play dough is wonderful because it brings a whole other sensory dimension into kid's tactile play -- smell. Smell is unique because, unlike all the other senses, it is the only sense that goes directly to the ...

Get Ready for Info on Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

sensory processing disorder

This weekend I had the distinct privilege of attending the 15th annual international symposium on Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). It was held in my hometown of Sacramento, CA, and I was honored to be in the presence of some of the greatest leaders in the field of SPD research and intervention. In a nutshell, Sensory Processing ...

Easy Pipe Cleaner Bracelet

Bracelets are fun to make, but they can be really tough for kids who have poor fine motor skills. If a child wants to make a bracelet but is struggling with being able to use two hands together (bilateral coordination), has difficulty using their "pincher" fingers effectively (thumb and index finger), can't seem to coordinate ...

eBook Review: 75 Ways to Have More Fun at Home

75 Ways to Have More Fun at Home

I recently had the privilege of reading a great eBook called "75 Ways to Have More Fun at Home". The author, Anna Luther, was a working woman who had three kids in three years (woah!). She quit her job and, though she never thought she would be a stay-at-home mom, she has realized it was ...

How to Bring “Big Body Play” Into a Kid’s School Day

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Mama OT is pleased to welcome its newest guest blogger, Jarrod Green. Jarrod is an early childhood development and behavior specialist, and he's all about understanding how play and sensory-motor experiences impact kids' learning, behavior, and overall development. He's getting ready to speak at the 2012 conference for the National Association for the Education of Young ...