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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TIPS & RESOURCES
  • Before deciding to become an occupational therapist, I initially started applying to colleges with t

  • Most people are familiar with the five basic senses of touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight. In t

  • Innovative technology is continuously finding its way into the therapy world through the use of vide

  • Occupational therapy is a beautifully complex medical field. It has been discussed in various posts

  • Executive function is a set of skills which includes flexible thinking, working memory, and self-con

  • If there is one thing that occupational therapy and mindfulness practice have in common, it is that

  • With the overwhelming collection of toys available to children, sometimes it’s the simplicity of woo

  • Children typically have started scissor cutting skills by age three snipping paper. Yet, many parent

  • They say life is what happens when you’re making plans. Here we are again, five months after s

  • The academic year will probably look different thanks to the pandemic. Whether your children’s schoo

  • Crossing midline is a phrase used often by occupational therapists. When children have difficulty cr

  • Our brains are capable of doing several tasks at once.  However, if the brain’s ability to keep time

  • In this time of Covid-19, many families are looking for new playful activities to complete with thei

  • We have all heard parents describe their children negatively by saying they are acting like animals.

  • In all my years of working with parents, there is one certainty. Parents need as much help as they c

  • Most parents of very young children are aware that their child needs Tummy Time.  They usually make

  • Every day kids are spending less time holding a pencil or crayon and more time manipulating tech gad

  • It seems like every year there are new unique months of awareness that pop up surprisingly. This yea

  • Like many adults, children are not always aware when they are suffering from anxiety. They often do

  • I’m an occupational therapist with close to 20 years of experience working with parents of you

  • It was nearing the end of summer in Miami when I received a call from a concerned mother. An occupat

  • Did you know that February 28th (along with August 22nd) is National Tooth Fairy Day? I didn’t, but

  • As an occupational therapist (OT), I often evaluate children who have been referred to me because of

  • As someone that plays with and purchases lots of toys, I get asked about the best toys to give as gi

  • As an occupational therapist, I often meet parents looking for a hero. They are hoping I run in and

  • One question I often receive from parents of energetic children is how to get them to relax more. So

  • If you are anything like me, you may be the type of person that likes order and gives away under-uti

  • I have strong memories from childhood of playing together with friends. Before I was old enough to e

  • The newest episode of Amy’s Affirmations is a call to parents to decrease screen time and incr

  • Play positions. What are they, and why are they important? Parents typically understand the importan

  • As a therapist with experience working with hundreds of families, I can attest that one of the most

  • It’s Back to School season. Families are posting picture of their children on the first day of

  • With this week’s total solar eclipse taking over everyone’s news feed, I thought the perfect affirma

  • Parents are always looking for more time, so how can they incorporate everyday play into their day?

  • Every child experiences a particular parenting style, but authoritative parenting is what is most re

  • Let Kids Be Kids. Seems like a simple concept. However, preschools are turning into bootcamps with t

  • As a pediatric occupational therapist, parents routinely ask me if their child is ambidextrous. Pare

  • Vacation time is here, and it’s a great time to win big with mini travel games. We have all heard th

  • If there is any advice that I give out to parents on a regular basis, it is to teach your child to f

  • Therapy is great for children with learning disabilities, but what happens when they no longer need

  • Last week, Part 1 of Is Your Child Ready to Write? provided a brief description of six essentials sk

  • One question I wish more parents would ask themselves is whether their child is ready to write. Many

  • Learning how to tie shoelaces is a major milestone of childhood. Typically this skill is learned in

  • Ever wonder if there is a quick home adaptation to help your child improve how he or she holds objec

  • Imagine a large Expo in a convention center full of companies promoting their gadgets and publicatio

  • Generally parents understand the importance of both outdoor and indoor play. Outdoor play has been s

  • The month of February is often associated with Valentine’s Day, a day that represents love and havin

  • With the increased presence of technology in children’s products and toys, you may have come across

  • Since the invention of the disposable diaper in the 1940’s, parents have both struggled with and enj

  • October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome/SIDS Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease C

  • Heads, Tummies & Tails: A Smart Guide to Printing Lowercase Letters was developed to improve the han

  • Treasure C.H.E.S.T.: A Smart Guide to Printing Uppercase Letters was developed to improve the handwr

  • Disciplining young children can be a frustrating experience. Many parents feel like they are doing

  • As schools put more pressure on young students to read and write at earlier ages, children are fight

  • In recent decades yoga has become increasingly more mainstream as a form of exercise. Most fitness

  • Recent reported estimates in the news have stated as many as 1 in every 68 children in the United St

  • As the number of children diagnosed in the United States increases each year, so does the public’s a

  • The phrase “sleep like a baby” seems like an oxymoron to most parents of newborns.

  • February is the time of year for professing your true love, and I am not too shy to admit that one

  • As the creator of a handwriting program, people outside of my profession often ask me if I think han

  • It is commonly known that the holiday shopping season is very important to the toy industry. Ju

  • Recently I was having a conversation with a mother of three children under the age of six. She e

  • Every morning millions of American children start their school day sitting down to eat a breakfast t

  • The summer is quickly coming to an end, and soon children all across the United States will start co

  • It’s summer, and it’s no big surprise that tempers can rise just as easily as the temperature when c

  • Summertime is a great opportunity for children to explore and challenge their growing bodies to reac

  • Learning to write is a milestone in the childhood experience of almost all typically developing chil

  • April is the time of year when occupational therapists (OT’s) gets their time to shine in

  • Did you know that fidgeting may actually be beneficial for kids? While fidgeting is mostly viewed ne

  • In July 2014 an ad campaign by Always called #LikeAGirl became a movement bringing light to how disc

  • During January, National Eye Care Month, start the new year by looking into your child’s vision. Acc

  • The holidays are quickly approaching, and parents have toy buying on their minds. With the fast-pace

  • Dyslexia is a learning disability that is commonly known but poorly understood. Most people associat

  • Fall is a time of year when parents are searching for balance between all the changes in their child

  • Every year millions of parents and their children head to stores with a list of required supplies

  • June is National Great Outdoors Month. It also is the start of summer for school children. Although

  • One of the most common functional limitations that occur in children is poor posture. We often hear

  • Since March is Women’s History Month and April National Occupational Therapy Month, I would

  • Learning and drawing basic shapes are generally associated with common preschool protocol just as

  • Most people do not realize we all have a dominant eye.  Typically it is the same as our domi

  • When new parents start to purchase toys, the importance of safety starts to really set in mostly

  • Women are known as natural planners.  Many plan their weddings.  Many more plan their p

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