The 5 BEST Things About Being an Occupational Therapist

The 5 best things about being an occupational therapist! #OTMonth

Occupational therapy is a holistic profession. It helps people of all ages achieve their goals of being able to participate in the things they want and/or need to be able to do on a daily basis, which we call “occupations”. These occupation-based goals are met through a variety of ways, including through the therapeutic use ...

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. ...

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, ...

Simple Baby Play: Tissue Paper Kicking

Simple Baby Play

Today Occupational Therapist and owner of CanDo Kiddo, Rachel Coley, M.S., OTR/L, is here to share one of her many creative baby play activities. She also has a pretty awesome, one-of-a-kind product she has created to equip new parents to know how to play with their babies and promote healthy development in the first four months of life.  . ...

Top 10 Posts on Parenting and Child Development {2014}

2014: Top 10 posts on PARENTING and CHILD DEVELOPMENT from MamaOT.com. Part of a HUMONGOUS round-up of top parenting tips from 40+ moms, therapists, and educators. #childdevelopment #parenting #mamaot #babies

Parenting is HARD WORK and often information about what kids need in order to be happy and healthy can be confusing, overwhelming, or misleading. That's why I've put together a list of the top 10 most popular posts on parenting and child development from 2014 to help you out! Here are the top 10 posts that you, ...

Christmas Fine Motor Activity: Christmas Toothpick Pom Pom Tree

Work on a variety of fine motor skills such as pincer grasp, wrist extension, and bilateral coordination with this Christmas fine motor activity! #finemotor #childdevelopment #mamaot

Here's a simple yet cute Christmas fine motor activity you can do with your toddler or preschooler that consists mostly of items you can find around your house! This activity was inspired by Stir the Wonder. I adapted it to accommodate for the materials I had on hand and to give it an OT twist! This post contains ...

Preschool Activity for Color Matching and Fine Motor Skills: Pushing Popsicle Sticks

Simple preschool color matching activity that also works on fine motor skills -- pushing colored popsicle sticks into an empty coffee can! #finemotor #childdevelopment

If you are looking for a simple preschool color matching activity that will also work on fine motor skills, try out this activity using colored popsicle sticks and an old coffee can! Here is what you'll need for this super simple fine motor activity: Empty coffee can with plastic lid (or similar item slightly taller than popsicle sticks) Colored ...

Fine Motor Activity for Kids: Funny Face Lacing Plates

Turn leftover paper plates into funny face lacing plates to make lacing practice goofy and fun for kids! #finemotor #pediOT

Lacing is a developmental skill that is often tested and practiced in pediatric occupational therapy. It's a great indicator of a child's abilities related to hand-eye coordination, fine motor and bilateral skills, problem solving (aka- motor planning), sequencing, and attention. However, it's not often I meet a kid who loves lacing on a boring lacing ...

How to Use Handee Band to Help Preschoolers with Sensory and Motor Skills

Handee Band helps preschool-aged kids with hand, upper body, and core strength, as well as provides challenges related to heavy work, motor planning, and bilateral coordination. Perfect for pediatric OTs -- portable, compact, super easy to use, and fun for the kids!

As a pediatric OT who treats many children with sensory and motor difficulties, I am always looking for simple, fun treatment ideas that will make kids feel like they are playing instead of working. So I was super excited when I was contacted by occupational therapist Francesca Avalli, whose new product combines sensory integration, strengthening, and kid-friendly ...

3 Ways to Use Ping Pong Balls in Pediatric Occupational Therapy

3 simple ways to use ping pong balls in pediatric OT

Last week I had the opportunity to guest post over at OT Cafe, where I wrote about one item I like to keep in my therapy bag: ping pong balls! School-based occupational therapists often have to cart around therapy materials from school to school, so it’s important to have access to versatile, lightweight materials that can ...