Handwriting Without Tears for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners: A Review, a Giveaway, and a Discount!

Tips for teaching Preschoolers and Kindergarteners to write. Plus a review, giveaway, and special discount!

Do you dread the day when you will have to teach your child to write? Have you ever found yourself hating each time you have to embark on writing instruction in your classroom? Do you wish there was an easier, more fun way to teach kids to write and really make it stick? Meet "Handwriting Without ...

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 ...

Tips for Teaching Left Handed Children to Write

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As a pediatric occupational therapist, I work with kids on handwriting all the time. I have found that people are often intimidated or confused about how to teach left handed children to write. To be honest, there really isn't that much difference between teaching right-handed and left-handed children to write, though there are a few ...

Tips for Overcoming Learning Disabilities

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Abby Brayton-Chung is a pediatric occupational therapist who has stopped by today to share with us about Learning Disabilities -- what they are, how to accommodate for them, and how to further help a child who struggles with them. Even if your child doesn't have a learning disability, Abby's tips will be useful for any child ...

Valentine’s Day Fine Motor Craft

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Valentine's Day is less than a month away and many classrooms have already traded in winter themes for heart-shaped crafts and activities. Here's a simple heart-centered fine motor activity I have done with some students recently to target their goal areas while also giving them a chance to make something they can bring home to ...

4 Halloween Fine Motor Activities

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I had a lot of fun working on Halloween fine motor activities with my students last week, so I thought I'd share four that turned out to be a great hit! These were done with kiddos ranging from preschool all the way to fourth grade. 1. Eyeball sensory bag. This might have been my favorite all week ...

50 Fun Ways to Play with Tongs

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Tongs, tweezers, and chopsticks are great for developing hand skills necessary for cutting with scissors and writing with pencils. Earlier this week I shared a DIY tutorial on how to make kiddie chopsticks, and I mentioned that the ability to use tongs is a pre-scissors skill, and the ability to use scissors is a pre-writing ...

How to Bring “Big Body Play” Into a Kid’s School Day

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Mama OT is pleased to welcome its newest guest blogger, Jarrod Green. Jarrod is an early childhood development and behavior specialist, and he's all about understanding how play and sensory-motor experiences impact kids' learning, behavior, and overall development. He's getting ready to speak at the 2012 conference for the National Association for the Education of Young ...

40 Fun Sensory Bags

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Sensory Bags are a great way for kids to expand their sense of touch, creativity, and adventure, and they are so easy to make! Earlier this week I featured four different sensory bags that I've introduced to my one-year-old (filled with beads, shells, squishy sparkles, or glow sticks). Now it's time to take a look at all ...

Coming Soon: “One Thing” Thursday

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I'm excited to announce the newest addition to the MamaOT blog!: "One Thing" Thursday Every Thursday, I will feature one quick tip that you can implement to help improve some aspect of your child's development. I will keep it as focused as possible so it's short, sweet, and easy to use. The age range addressed will vary ...