Tips for Sensory Play with Candy Cane Scented Rice

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Don't you just love the scents associated with Christmas? Especially the peppermint smell (and taste) of candy canes? Me too! This December, full of holiday cheer, I decided to experiment with a batch of scented rice that would fill the house with that lovely candy cane smell while also giving us a chance to engage in ...

The Ultimate List of Gifts for Sensory Seekers

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If you are the parent of a child who is a sensory seeker (and you know who you are!), then you know first hand how difficult it can be to find the right kind of products that will help satisfy the sensory input his or her body craves. Well, look no further. I have put on my OT ...

Tips for Parents Whose Kids Are Starting Clinic-Based Pediatric Occupational Therapy

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If your child is getting ready to start clinic-based pediatric occupational therapy, you more than likely have a bunch of questions. Like, Is there anything I need to do in order to prepare? Or, What's it going to be like? Or, What should I bring? After having spent several years working in clinic-based pediatric occupational therapy ...

Living Sands: A unique sensory play experience!

Living Sands: A unique sensory play experience!

I recently learned about a sensory play product called "Living Sands". Have you ever heard of it? This stuff is incredible! Learning Express thought I might like to try out Living Sands, so they gave me a box of it to play with so I could share my thoughts with all of you! The texture and feel ...

Three Unexpected Responsibilities of an Occupational Therapy Assistant

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I am pleased to welcome Dr. Kurt Hubbard as today's guest blogger! He is here to share three responsibilities that Occupational Therapy Assistants need to be aware of, but that they may not have realized are part of the job description. . . . . . The work of an Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) is fairly straightforward: ...

Yoga for Children with Special Needs (DVD Review)

Yoga is fantastic for children with special needs. Learn more about why, and find out how you can get the DVD for 15% off!

Did you know yoga is not only therapeutic but also educational for children with special needs? Research has shown that, for children with autism, regular yoga practice can help improve imitation skills, eye contact, sitting tolerance, non-verbal communication, and receptive skills to verbal commands related to spatial relationships (e.g., following directions for where to place or ...

What’s in My Therapy Box?: 60+ Supplies for School-Based OTs

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Occupational therapy is amazing because, with a little creative thinking, you can use pretty much anything as a tool for therapy! This is really helpful when it comes to school-based OT. If your job is anything like mine, then you know that we often find ourselves working on a variety of skill areas with tons ...

Fine Motor Activity: Painting with Pom Poms

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Here's a quick and easy activity for toddlers and preschoolers that addresses fine motor and sensory processing skills! All you need is finger paint and pom poms, both of which can be purchased at the dollar store. Kids can pinch the pom poms with their pointer finger and thumb as they dip them into the paint and ...

Mama OT’s Product of the Month: Yoga for Children with Special Needs DVD {August 2013}

This month's featured product on Mama OT is a DVD called "Yoga for Children with Special Needs". Research has shown that yoga is an effective tool for helping children with special needs (such as autism) to calm and organize their bodies, thus increasing their ability to be available for learning and interacting with others. This DVD ...

How to Do Aquatic Therapy in Your Own Pool!

Playing in the water is not only fun sensory play, it can also be very therapeutic for kids who need to strengthen their muscles. An occupational therapist provides fun suggestions for how to do this aquatic therapy in your own pool!

Today I am excited to introduce Cara Koscinski, MOT, OTR/L, otherwise known as The Pocket Occupational Therapist. Cara has some great tips for how to use your own pool for therapy! . . . . . Let me begin by saying how excited I am to be a guest blogger for Mama OT!   Having been a fan for a ...