HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES: THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO WAS NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING

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Today, we’re lucky to be included in an awesome blog hop with over 30 other bloggers who are featuring fun and creative Halloween activities that go along with some of the spookiest books around! Check out our spin on one of our favorite fall books: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything and then be sure to scroll down to see some of the other great ideas for reading and playing with your little one! *The Inspired Treehouse [Continue Reading]

15 TIPS FOR PICKY EATERS

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This summer, I spent 3 days with two of my favorite therapy friends at the Ohio Institute for OT/PT School Based Practice, where we go every year for continuing education to maintain our therapy licenses. Being a PT, I typically sign up for the courses about adapting wheelchairs or methods for evaluating and treating the child with cerebral palsy.  But this year, it was a different type of course that grabbed my attention.  It was called How to Get Kids [Continue Reading]

MOVEMENT MONDAY GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITIES SEPTEMBER 22

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  Hello and Happy FALL — it’s official now, right?  The Northeast Ohio weather has definitely taken a turn toward my favorite season! The air is a bit cooler and drier, the leaves have started to change and some have even started to fall.  It is time for raking the yard, cozy nighttime bonfires, and yummy pumpkin-scented candles. Fall is also a wonderful time for outdoor activities:   bike rides, soccer games, friday night football, and jumping in big piles of [Continue Reading]

YOUTH BASKETBALL COACHING: BE DIFFERENT, BE BETTER!

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    We’re excited to invite our friend Craig Haworth from WinningYouthCoaching.com back to The Inspired Treehouse today to talk about some great tips for coaching youth basketball teams!   Craig is a youth sports coaching guru whose mission is to help mom/dad coaches of youth sports teams plan their practices and seasons in an organized and effective way.   His weekly podcasts feature interviews with great coaches and other experts in the field and are super interesting!  Do yourself a favor and check outWinningYouthCoaching.com!  Take [Continue Reading]

CHILD DEVELOPMENT QUICK TIP: PRACTICE WITH SCISSORS

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*This post contains affiliate links.  Thank you for your support! For kids who struggle with grasping scissors or with moving scissors across paper to cut on a line, I find that a little bit of proprioceptive input goes a long way. I often have kids practice cutting thicker paper, theraputty, playdough, or straws.  This gives them heavy input in their muscles and joints and builds awareness and muscle memory. This school year, I’ve discovered yet another awesome way to help [Continue Reading]

LEG STRENGTHENING EXERCISES FOR KIDS

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Basketball is a game of offense and defense.  To be a good defender, you have to be in the right position to move in all directions quickly.   A good defensive position is balanced and looks like this: -Feet are wide and pointed forward -Hips, back, and knees are bent -The butt stays down -Shoulders are over the knees -Hands are up and ready to defend a shot or steal a pass For the first part of this activity, let’s focus [Continue Reading]

GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITIES: BASKETBALL DRIBBLE CHALLENGE

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*This post may contain affiliate links.  Thank you for your support! Basketball is my favorite sport.  I have spent many years playing the game and will now spend many years paying for it as my knees and the rest of my body rebel against the wear and tear! Kids love this competitive game of passing, dribbling and shooting too, and one of the first skills that they want to master is dribbling.  My 5-year-old little guy has it down to [Continue Reading]

BASEBALL DRILLS FOR KIDS: RODEO BATTING GAME

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*This post may contain affiliate links.  Thank you for your support! My older son LOVES baseball and this past summer, he finally developed the visual motor skill and coordination he needed to hit the ball consistently (making baseball games much more interesting for him and for me!). At the beginning of last season though, he was struggling (as most kids do) with keeping his eye on the ball and with the timing of his swing. So, my husband came up [Continue Reading]

GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITIES: BODY SOCCER!

Gross Motor Activities Body Soccer

As I watched the World Cup a few months ago, I was amazed by the skill of those soccer players.  Their body awareness is out of this world!  Think about how fast they react and move toward the ball, simultaneously attacking it with their bodies to get it to the next field position or into the goal. When your child is learning the game of soccer, so many aspects of child development come into play:  body awareness, proprioception, gross motor [Continue Reading]