HAPPY NEW YEAR, HEALTHY KIDS: EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING

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We’re back again today with another great post for our Happy New Year, Healthy Kids series!  We’d like to welcome Shelley Galvin, OTR/L, C/NDT and Patricia Pooler, MS, OTR/L from Tools to Grow for today’s post about kids and executive functioning. Shelley has over 30 years of experience as a licensed Occupational Therapist with a specialty in pediatrics. Shelley is certified in pediatric Neurodevelopmental Treatment and has completed extensive continuing education in sensory processing theory and intervention. Patricia works in a pediatric school [Continue Reading]

COOL TOYS FOR SNOWY MOTOR FUN!

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At The Inspired Treehouse, we don’t believe in hibernating during the cold winter months…we think snow and cold weather are great excuses to get outside and MOVE! Here are some of our favorite cool toys and products for playing in the snow.  With all of these great winter activities for kids, you’ll have to beg them to come back inside for hot chocolate! *This post contains affiliate links.  Read more here. 1 ||  POOF-Slinky Sno-Art Kit: This fun activity kit includes 2 [Continue Reading]

HAPPY NEW YEAR, HEALTHY KIDS: USING SENSORY PLAY TO CONNECT WITH KIDS

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We’d love to welcome Christie Kiley, founder of Mama OT, to the Happy New Year, Healthy Kids series today! Christie will be sharing her favorite tips for using sensory play to connect with kids. Christie’s blog name spells it right out for you: she is a mom and an occupational therapist (specializing in pediatrics).  At Mama OT, she shares helpful tips, tricks, information, ideas, and resources that will boost your ability to care for and work with the kids in your life. [Continue Reading]

MOVEMENT MONDAY: VALENTINE’S IDEAS FOR KIDS!

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Another Monday!  Does anyone else feel like these weeks just fly by?!?!   We hope that your week was fantastic and that you got to try some of the free printable activities for kids that we shared with you last week. It’s time for this week’s gross motor inspiration and we thought it would be a blast to share some Valentine’s ideas for kids that get the whole body moving!  These activities would be perfect for a classroom party (are you [Continue Reading]

HAPPY NEW YEAR, HEALTHY KIDS: NUTRITION FOR KIDS

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Today, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome our favorite experts on nutrition for kids: Katie Jasper, Megan Morris, and Anna Decker from Prescribe Nutrition.  Katie, Megan, and Anna are sharing their best tips for expanding your kids’ palate as part of our Happy New Year, Healthy Kids series! Katie and Megan are functional nutritionists and the co-founders of Prescribe Nutrition.  Anna acts as Prescribe Nutrition’s resident mom, providing practical tips for parents and helping to facilitate programs like Kids Rule.   If you haven’t heard [Continue Reading]

A MOVING SCHOOL EXPERIENCE: CLASSROOM IDEAS FOR KIDS WITH SENSORY ISSUES

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Today, we’re welcoming Dr. Jane Humphries and Kari Rains to The Inspired Treehouse as part of our Happy New Year, Healthy Kids series.  Dr. Jane and Kari are moms and professionals in the field of early childhood development. Their work at Creative Educational Strategies & Services is geared toward providing educators, administrators, parents and other caregivers with the knowledge and research that supports best practices when working with children and adults, especially those that struggle with social and emotional regulation. [Continue Reading]

COOL TOYS FOR KIDS: 15 WAYS TO PLAY WITH SQUIGZ!

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*This post contains affiliate links.  Read more here. We’re always on the lookout for cool toys that make it fun to work on important developmental skills with kids.  When my boys got a box of Squigz for Christmas last year, I knew we had a winner.  But I had no idea how many different ways there were to play with these awesome, sticky little toys until I brought them in to use in my occupational therapy sessions. From heavy work to fine motor skills to visual motor skills [Continue Reading]

HAPPY NEW YEAR, HEALTHY KIDS: SENSORY PLAY

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If you’re a regular reader here at The Inspired Treehouse, you know that sensory play is near and dear to our hearts as pediatric therapists.  So we’re thrilled to be bringing you this post today from Heather Greutman of Golden Reflections Blog as part of our Happy New Year, Healthy Kids series. Heather is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who blogs about homeschooling, hands-on activities for kids, child development tips, child behavior, and special needs tips. Today, she’s sharing her thoughts [Continue Reading]

HEALTHY KIDS: IMMUNE BOOSTING FOODS

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Most parents dread the constant onslaught of colds and viruses that kids have, and understandably so.  Parents don’t have to throw in the towel or buy hand sanitizer in bulk. There are simple ways you can help kids boost their immune systems so they are able to fight off the constant onslaught of germs. Alisha Grogan, MOT OTR/L is posting today at Your Kids Table as part of our Happy New Year, Healthy Kids series.  She’s sharing her best tips for helping [Continue Reading]