Fine Motor Boot Camp: A New Way to Support Fine Motor Practice

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One of my favorite things to do as a pediatric occupational therapist is to find ways to help parents and teachers carry over therapy recommendations to support developmental progress. So any time I learn about tools or tricks to help with this, I get really excited and I want to share them with everyone I ...

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How Outdoor Play Builds Social and Emotional Skills in Children

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Today's post comes to you from Pediatric Occupational Therapist Angela Hanscom, who recently released a book called Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children. Angela wanted to share about how outdoor play can help build social-emotional and cognitive skills in children!  . . . . . Your child's mind is rapidly ...

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When Do Kids Learn to Dress Themselves?: The Developmental Progression of Self-Dressing Skills

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"Buddy! You CANNOT leave the house without pants, so...PLEEEEASE...put your pants on so we can go!" "Sweetie, hurry up, get your coat on and zip it up, we're running late, it's time to GOOOOOO!" "Ugh, you put your shoes on the wrong feet AGAIN? Let's hurry up and fix them so we can get moving, you don't want ...

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Top Quotes from AOTA Conference 2016

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Last week, I had the privilege of attending the 2016 American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) annual conference in Chicago for three days with over 10,000 enthusiastic occupational therapy professionals. After three days of non-stop learning, connecting, and living off of hotel coffee, my brain was filled to the brim with all sorts of new facts, ...

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The Developmental Progression of Play Skills

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"Play" is one of those things that gets talked about a lot in child development circles and on social media. You might hear about the benefits of play-based learning, or how giving kids more recess will improve their school behavior and learning abilities, or how there are sensory benefits to encouraging kids to play in and explore ...

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Cool trick to help kids learn to turn the paper while cutting

Simple trick to help kids learn to turn the paper while cutting

For kids who are developing their scissor skills and need help learning to turn the paper while cutting along a curve (and who can read numbers), try this little trick...I came up with it on-the-spot during a recent therapy session when working with a child who hasn't been able to figure out how to turn the ...

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10 Special Education Terms Every Parent MUST Know!

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If your child qualifies for Special Education or is in the process of being evaluated for Special Education, you may be confused about all the different terms and acronyms used within the system. Today I want to highlight some common Special Education terminology you may hear in the United States, in order to help you better ...

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Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga for Kids

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Today I am exited to have pediatric occupational therapist Jaime Spencer here to share all about the benefits of yoga for kids as we continue our series on the therapeutic benefits of recreational activities! . . . . . THE BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR RECREATION The use of yoga as a recreational activity for children and adults can be extremely beneficial. Did ...

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10 Stocking Stuffers to Help Your Child’s Pencil Grasp

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The school year is well underway, your three- to six-year-old is doing a lot of coloring or writing at school, and you might be wondering what kind of stocking stuffer or small gift you can get to help with their pencil grasp this holiday season. Well, I've got some ideas for you! First, before you go scouring the ...

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Developmental Progression of Pencil Grasp

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You sit down with 3-year-old Sophia to spend some time coloring in her favorite princess coloring book. She grabs a blue crayon, holds it with her whole hand as her pointer finger points toward the tip and her forearm turns down toward the paper, and begins to transform Princess Elsa's dress into a scribbled blue. Should you ...

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