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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Tips for Overcoming Learning Disabilities

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Abby Brayton-Chung is a pediatric occupational therapist who has stopped by today to share with us about Learning Disabilities -- what they are, how to accommodate for them, and how to further help a child who struggles with them. Even if your child doesn't have a learning disability, Abby's tips will be useful for any child ...

30 Developmental Benefits of Playing with Potato Head (Plus Lots of Ways to Play!)

30 developmental benefits of playing with Potato Head ~ Mama OT

Potato Head is one of my favorite therapy tools and, let me just say, this toy is amazing because of its versatility! In fact, I love Potato Head's ability to facilitate children's development so much that I have chosen him (and the Mrs.) as Mama OT's Product of the Month! This post contains some referral links, which means ...

30 Fun Multisensory Writing Activities

30 fun multisensory writing activities! ~ Mama OT

Multisensory play and learning is all the rage right now in early childhood circles. But the truth is, occupational therapists have known for a long time that kids are more likely to learn and retain information when they engage with materials using a variety of senses! Mutlisensory learning is helpful for ALL children because all kids ...

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 ...

Handwriting mastery begins before the introduction of a pencil!

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Please welcome Mama OT's newest guest blogger, Katherine Collmer! Katherine is an occupational therapist and blogger who is passionate and knowledgeable about everything handwriting. She is here today to talk about the important yet often overlooked foundations of handwriting that are learned through play from the day a child is born. These foundations set children ...