If you’re looking for fun and easy activity ideas for kids, check out these 10 things to do with yarn to promote developmental skills! * This post contains affiliate links. Read more. It can be hard to find inspiration for fresh, new ideas every day that will keep kids interested and engaged while also targeting specific skills. We find that often, the most fun and effective treatment activities are the ones that use the simplest materials. Today, we’re excited to share some of our favorite activities to try with one of the simplest pieces of “equipment” we can think of… A piece of ... Read More about 10 Things to Do With Yarn to Promote Developmental Skills!
Learning how to jump requires that the vestibular, visual, muscular and skeletal systems are all working fluidly together. Check out these fun ideas to help kids learn this important developmental skill! Some kids learn how to jump easily - everything clicks and they are bouncing like kangaroos in no time. For other kids, achieving a vertical jump can be tricky. They may be able to achieve a squat position, arm swing, and do the most amazing countdown only to get a hair off of the ground. Skills Needed for Learning How to Jump It’s our job as therapists to figure out why a child is ... Read More about Creative Ideas for Learning How to Jump
Bilateral coordination means using both sides of the body together in a coordinated way. Scroll down to learn more about how to support the development of this skill for kids. Time and time again this summer, we've heard parents and therapists asking: “How can I help kids improve their bilateral coordination?” Bilateral coordination, using both sides of the body together, is definitely a buzzword in the therapy world. It could be because more and more kids are being diagnosed with Developmental Coordination Disorder OR…. Maybe it is because we are all coming back out into ... Read More about Bilateral Coordination
Learn more about starting a YouTube channel as a pediatric therapist! As part of our series on Side Hustle Ideas for Pediatric Therapists, we are doing a deeper dive into some of our favorite hustlers in the business. These therapists have worked tirelessly to grow and develop their businesses from the ground up, adding creative new elements businesses along the way! In this post, we’ll hear from Dana Cary, owner and founder of The OT Guide YouTube channel. Dana started her YouTube channel from scratch when her schools shut down at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now she's ... Read More about Starting a YouTube Channel as a Pediatric Therapist
Learn more about "Tactile Defensiveness" or "Tactile Hypersensitivity" and how to support kids who struggle with tactile sensory experiences. Our sense of touch is one of the first sensory systems to develop when a child is growing in utero. And research shows that normal touch experiences between parents/caregivers and babies is extremely important for social, behavioral, motor, and cognitive development. Appropriate tactile and proprioceptive responses are crucial for the achievement of developmental milestones like walking, grasping, and social/communication skills. Click here to ... Read More about Tactile Defensiveness
Teaching children patience can be a challenge. Try these 10 ideas for supporting kids during wait times. *This post contains affiliate links. Read more. Whether it's at home or at school - waiting is every kid's worst nightmare. Why? Because for kids, it’s boring, it’s confusing, and it’s usually kind of abstract...which means that it almost inevitably comes along with behavior challenges. For younger kids and kids with attention and behavior challenges, the best option is to minimize the amount of waiting kids have to experience by planning ahead. For example, if we know that a child ... Read More about Teaching Children Patience: 10 Ways to Support Kids During Wait Times
This fun visual motor activity is a great way to work on drawing/prewriting skills while also addressing visual perception. If you're familiar with visual perception skills, you might know about a fascinating skill called visual closure. Visual closure is the ability to complete an unfinished figure or shape by “filling in the blanks’ visually. This skill is important as kids learn to read and learn to complete puzzles by figuring out what is missing. Visual closure is why we're able to read quickly and fluently - we don't have to stop and look at each individual letter in a word ... Read More about What’s Missing Visual Motor Activity for Kids
These easy balloon games for kids are the perfect way to get kids active and moving while practicing important developmental skills! We are always looking for fun ways to enhance developmental skills using minimal supplies that are easily available for anyone - Click here for our easy activities for kids (no fancy supplies needed)! Paper bags, bed sheets, bubbles and play dough are just a few of the simple items that you can find in pretty much any therapy space, school or home that can boost fine, gross and even sensory motor skills through play. Today, we thought of another one! ... Read More about Easy Balloon Games for Kids