50 Clever Ways to Play with Tongs for Fine Motor Development

50 clever ways to play with tongs for fine motor development

When kids play with tongs, tweezers, and chopsticks, they exercise the small hand muscles needed for developing skills like cutting with scissors and writing with pencils. I've shared a DIY tutorial before on how to make kiddie chopsticks, and I mentioned that the ability to use tongs is a pre-scissor skill, and the ability to use scissors is ...

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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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The school-based occupational therapy book EVERY school OT needs to know about!

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If you are a school-based OT or OT Assistant, or think you may someday work in the school-based OT setting, there is a book you NEED to know about! It's called The Occupational Therapist's Handbook for Inclusive School Practices. The Occupational Therapist's Handbook for Inclusive School Practices has transformed the way I think about my school-based practice. ...

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Popsicle Sticks to Encourage Movement and Focus in the Classroom

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This weekend I had the opportunity to learn from an awesome bunch of OTs and OT Assistants while speaking at the annual “California Best Practices in School-Based OT” Conference. I had been asked to put together a short 20-minute presentation that highlighted some innovative treatment strategies I am currently using in my school-based practice. Because ...

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Tips to Help Parents of Teens with Autism Prepare for High School and College

OT-inspired tips to help parents of teens with autism prepare for success in high school and college. #autism #OTtips

Today I am excited to feature guest blogger (and friend of mine), Bill Wong, OTD, OTR/L. Bill recently had the amazing privilege of giving a TED talk at TedxGrandForks, and last year he was named Autism Parenting Magazine's "Top Occupational Therapist Writer" of 2014. I first met Bill in 2009 during our first week of OT school; then, ...

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Thanksgiving Turkey Water Bottle for Fine Motor Skills

Transform an empty water bottle into a turkey that helps kids practice their fine motor skills! #preschool #education #thanksgiving #finemotor

For a simple Thanksgiving activity for kids, try transforming an empty water bottle into a turkey that helps kids practice their fine motor skills! This water bottle turkey provides kids the opportunity to practice fine motor skills such as pincer grasp (pinching with thumb and pointer), bilateral coordination (working together with two hands), hand-eye coordination, and ...

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Helpful Tips for New School-Based Occupational Therapists

Helpful tips for new school-based occupational therapists!

New school-based occupational therapists have a steep learning curve. To be honest, the experience of being a first-year school-based OT can be very similar to being a first-year teacher. Though you may be an excellent therapist and know how to do a great job when it comes to actually working with the students themselves, there ...

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Handwriting: Why we should focus more on letter size than letter formation

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Welcome to Part Two of Dr. Beverly Moskowitz's two-part series on handwriting. Earlier this week, Dr. Moskowitz provided a compelling post on why we still need to teach handwriting (even in this age of technology), how occupational therapists typically work on handwriting, and why we may need to re-think that approach. Read the post from ...

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Handwriting Without Tears for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners: A Review, a Giveaway, and a Discount!

Tips for teaching Preschoolers and Kindergarteners to write. Plus a review, giveaway, and special discount!

Do you dread the day when you will have to teach your child to write? Have you ever found yourself hating each time you have to embark on writing instruction in your classroom? Do you wish there was an easier, more fun way to teach kids to write and really make it stick? Meet "Handwriting Without ...

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Tips for Teaching Left Handed Children to Write

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As a pediatric occupational therapist, I work with kids on handwriting all the time. I have found that people are often intimidated or confused about how to teach left handed children to write. To be honest, there really isn't that much difference between teaching right-handed and left-handed children to write, though there are a few ...

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