Use a Pullover Bib to Practice Pre-Dressing Skills

Use a pullover bib to practice pre-dressing skills. So simple!

  Yesterday morning my 17-month-old son was wearing a pullover bib (something I had never heard of until my mother-in-law gave us one) and, all of a sudden, he pulled it up and over his head just like he was taking off a shirt. As soon as I saw him do this, a light bulb went ...

Switch Out Your Toys

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Do you ever look at your child's toy box and think, "We really need some new toys"? Yep, been there. I know it's tempting to put all the toys out there and give them lots of things to play with. But what's the problem? The toys get old. Your child gets bored with them. You get bored ...

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 ...

Tips for addressing throwing behavior

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Let's be honest: isn't it annoying when cute little babies or toddlers start throwing stuff? And you can't even reason with them! Photo credit: Nerissa's Ring Here are five reasons why babies or toddlers might exhibit throwing behaviors, and what you can do about it. Reason #1: Developmental stage. From about 9-12 months, it's totally developmentally appropriate for babies ...

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 ...

Let Them Put a Triangle in a Round Hole

Dear Parents, If you remember nothing else this week (or this month...or year...you get the point), please remember this ONE THING: Don't be afraid to let your child make mistakes.  In fact, please allow them to make mistakes. Give them enough space so they have the option of making mistakes. Especially as young toddlers. They NEED to learn from their ...

Coming Soon: “One Thing” Thursday

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I'm excited to announce the newest addition to the MamaOT blog!: "One Thing" Thursday Every Thursday, I will feature one quick tip that you can implement to help improve some aspect of your child's development. I will keep it as focused as possible so it's short, sweet, and easy to use. The age range addressed will vary ...

No-Mess Fingerpaint for Toddlers

no-mess fingerpaint arts and crafts

Yesterday I shared how excited I was to find five great "no-mess" arts and crafts supplies for kids while wandering the aisles of Target over the weekend. Well, I decided to try one of them out and - I guess you can already tell - we went with the no-mess toddler fingerpaint! My little helper was eager ...

Five No-Mess Arts and Crafts for Kids

arts and crafts for kids

This weekend I decided to take my little one with me on some errands and, like any curious parent/therapist, I found myself wandering through the arts and crafts aisle at Target. I find that, if nothing else, these meanderings are a good way for me to stay informed of all the latest products out there ...