Ready to find out how to teach your child to play independently? These 25 ideas will spark creativity, independence, and fun! *This post contains affiliate links. Read more. If you struggle to truly enjoy engaging in imaginative play with your kids, trust us, you are not alone. It can be hard (and exhausting) to get down on the floor and pretend to be pirates or play dolls with your little one. And while we know that engagement and pretend play are crucial aspects of child development for so many reasons, we also like to emphasize the importance of independent free play for ... Read More about How to Encourage Independent Play
Learn more about school based occupational therapy and how OTs support students in the school-setting. For people who aren’t familiar with our profession, there is always some confusion regarding the job title “occupational therapist”. The most common one I hear when I tell people that I’m an occupational therapist is “ oh, so you help people find jobs?“ But if you’re reading this post, chances are that you probably already know that the word “occupation” when it comes to OT is related to helping people accomplish the occupations (daily tasks, routines, and activities) that bring a ... Read More about What is School Based Occupational Therapy
Check out our favorite kids gift ideas! Every gift on this page is a tried and true favorite of our kids at The Treehouse - toys and games that the kids beg to play with week after week! *This post contains affiliate links. Read more. Every year around this time, we spend time brainstorming fun and creative gift guide ideas. From fine motor gifts to the best gifts for kids who love to move - we’ve done them all! This year, we decided to consult with the experts to compile a list of our most-played-with toys of the year. You can’t go wrong with these kids gift ideas, because they ... Read More about Our Favorite Kids Gift Ideas – Top Picks from Our Treehouse Kids!
These free printable Halloween templates are perfect to use with kids of all ages at home, in the classroom, during therapy sessions, or even at a Halloween party to practice fine motor skills and visual motor skills! Every year around this time, we’re on the lookout for some new free Halloween printables to use with our kids in therapy and during our play groups at The Treehouse. This year, we decided to create our own! How to Use the Free Halloween Templates 1 || Grab the free download above. 2 || Laminate each of the pages. 3 || Decide how you want to use the printable ... Read More about FREE Printable Halloween Templates for Wikki Stix and Play Dough
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 jumping practice ideas and download the free printable! 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 having ... Read More about Creative Jumping Practice for Kids + FREE Printable!
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