Kids

Heading out to a cabin for your family vacation with young kids? Here are some simple ideas to keep them busy after the initial excitement wears off. Collect Rocks, Leaves, and Shells If your cabin is on the beach, there is no shortage of shells and rocks. No beach? No problem. There are still a [...]

When our first daughter was a toddler, we had no idea what she should take on around the house and at what age. Now that she is five, she does quite a bit. Her younger sister works hard to keep up and, in doing so, has shown us all of the possibilities that we missed [...]

Core strength and fine motor skills are both critical for a child’s development and learning. One specific fine motor skill that deserves special attention is scissors skills. Using scissors is not the be-all-end-all of a child’s success in school! However, it is important that children master the ability to use scissors not only so they [...]

Fine motor skill development is the ‘meat and potatoes’ of Occupational Therapy and the number one reason for referral. Generally, “fine motor” refers to the refined skills of the hands and fingers.  It encompasses the use of different tools in daily life (eating utensils, writing utensils, keyboard, etc.) and basically anything that you do with [...]

Before I became a parent, I was an Occupational Therapist, working with children and people of all ages with special needs since 1993, and as a pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT) since 2002. For children, their “occupations” are play and school. This is how they learn, grow, and develop. Once I had my own children, my [...]

If left unchecked, life can become a series of work, events, extra-curricular activities, appointments and responsibilities and it is so easy to fall down the ‘busy’ rabbit hole. I write this post not as an expert, but as someone who often finds herself being sucked into ‘busy’ all too easily. Don’t get me wrong, there [...]

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