Tips for Overcoming Learning Disabilities

35 - Get Ready, Get Set, Write

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 ...

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 ...

iPad app for Visual Skills and Letter Reversals: “LetterReflex”

LetterReflex: app for helping kids who struggle with letter reversals

If you are raising or working with a child who frequently reverses letters, numbers, or words when writing, then the LetterReflex iPad app may be for you. (It is also available for iPhone, but I would recommend using it on a larger screen due to the nature of the games). I was recently asked to review ...

Reindeer Fine Motor Craft

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  For preschoolers and Kindergarteners who need to work on cutting and fine motor skills, try this simple reindeer craft. Since the body and head are oval-shaped, they serve as a nice transition from learning to cut straight lines to learning to cut circles (since two of the sides are relatively flat). You can pre-cut the antlers ...

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 ...

4 Halloween Fine Motor Activities

Halloween

I had a lot of fun working on Halloween fine motor activities with my students last week, so I thought I'd share four that turned out to be a great hit! These were done with kiddos ranging from preschool all the way to fourth grade. 1. Eyeball sensory bag. This might have been my favorite all week ...

How to Make Kiddie Chopsticks

kiddie chopsticks

Kiddie chopsticks are really easy to make. And did you know that when kids play with tongs and chopsticks, they are actually practicing fine motor skills that will help them with cutting and writing? The ability to use tongs and kiddie chopsticks is a pre-scissor skill, and the ability to use scissors is a pre-writing skill. Pretty ...

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 ...