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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Therapeutic Benefits of Bowling

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Have you ever thought about how bowling can be therapeutic and beneficial for kids? Today occupational therapist Cara Koscinski of PocketOT.com continues our series on the therapeutic benefits of recreational activities as she explains the therapeutic benefits of bowling! . . . . . Bowling is one of the oldest sports in existence and was even played by ...

Does Crawling Matter?: An Occupational Therapist Explores the Benefits of Crawling

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Welcome to PART 2 of my 3-part series on crawling! In Part 1, I discussed how crawling develops. If you haven't read Part 1 yet, I strongly suggest you go back and take a look at it by CLICKING HERE before continuing with this post. (You'll get to see some cute baby photos and video ...

Tips for Transitioning into a Career in Occupational Therapy from a Different Educational Path

Things to know and think about when considering the transition to a career in occupational therapy from another college major or educational path. #occupationaltherapy #pediOT

I often receive emails from college or grad school students who have discovered the field of occupational therapy and are freaking out for two reasons: 1) they are super excited about this new potential career and 2) they are really nervous and confused about whether they will need to change their major in order to ...

5 Things to Consider When Deciding on a Career in Occupational Therapy

5 important things to consider to help you decide whether a career in occupational therapy is for you! #OTguide #OTMonth

I receive many emails from individuals who are curious and interested in learning more about pursuing a career in occupational therapy. Questions range from personal (Is it possible to balance family life with a career in OT?) to professional (What is a "typical day" like as an OT?) to getting down into the nitty gritty details ...

How to Talk to Your Child’s Doctor about Your Sensory Concerns

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As a pediatric occupational therapist, it breaks my heart when I hear parents say something like, "I took my child to the pediatrician and I tried to tell them about all my sensory concerns, but they just brushed me off and told me my kid is just 'being a kid' and will grow out of ...

The Most Important Things You Need to Know about Becoming an Occupational Therapy Practitioner: A Guide for Prospective Students {E-Book Launch!}

Free e-book: The Most Important Things You Need to Know about Becoming an Occupational Therapy Practitioner: A guide for prospective students #OTguide #occupationaltherapy

Ever since I started MamaOT.com in 2012, I have consistently received emails from people who have discovered the field of occupational therapy and want to learn more about pursuing a career in OT. They either tend to be really excited, or really stressed out. And they want my help. They want to know what it’s like to be an ...