5 Benefits of Signing with Your Baby or Toddler (and How to Get Started)

5 benefits of signing with your baby or toddler (plus tips for how to get started)

Please welcome today's guest blogger, pediatric speech-language pathologist Katie Yeh from Playing With Words 365! Katie is here to share all about signing with your baby or toddler, plus tips for how to get started. I used baby signs with my son when he was a baby (and even now as a toddler), and it ...

What is Therapeutic Listening ®?

Answers to basic questions about the Therapeutic Listening program for children who struggle with sensory, attention, social, emotional, or basic regulation issues.

This weekend I had the opportunity to further my professional development by obtaining training in a therapeutic program I've been wanting to use since before I was a therapist: THERAPEUTIC LISTENING ®. What is Therapeutic Listening ®? Therapeutic Listening ® is an "evidence-based auditory intervention intended to support individuals who experience challenges with sensory processing dysfunction, listening, attention, and communication." It's ...

How to Sneak Fine Motor Skills into Gross Motor Play

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Parents and teachers often ask me how they can incorporate more fine motor practice into their child's or student's day. Well, try this one thing: Sneak fine motor practice into their gross motor play! Many kiddos I work with struggle to sit still, focus, or follow adult-directed tasks, and their fine motor development suffers as a result. That's ...

An Appreciation of Occupational Therapists

"An Appreciation of Occupational Therapists". One mother

Please join me in welcoming Melissa Castino Reid as MamaOT's newest guest blogger. When Melissa first shared her daughter Rachel's story with me several months ago, I was moved beyond words. I signed up to join her "Bus of Hope" and have been following their journey ever since. I hope her story, struggle, and triumph ...

Welcome to Mama OT!

Well hello there! My name is Christie. I’m a California-based mom and occupational therapist with a background in gymnastics, psychology, and education. I’m so glad you’ve taken a moment to check out this blog! I became a mama in 2011 and then, three months later, I began my career as a pediatric occupational therapist (OT). Thus, ...