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Baffled about why kids are making such slow (or nonexistent) progress with motor skills, self-care skills, and even attention?
You might be missing something. Something that could be the difference between a frustrated, uncoordinated child and a confident, independent one.
With this mini course, you’ll help kids go from frustrated and uncoordinated to confident and independent by adding creative, evidence-based core strengthening activities to your practice!
Therapy Tools and Child Development Resources
Movement stories are great for working on a whole range of developmental skills while having tons of fun! Following along with the plot by performing different actions and movements is the perfect way to keep kids engaged and attentive.
This Snowy Day Movement Story is great for working on motor planning, balance, coordination, problem solving, concentration, self-regulation, core strength and body awareness with a fun, snowy theme!
18-page printable story
Gone are the hours of daylight, bright sunny skies, and soaring temperatures that call the kids outside to play.
Being stuck inside when there’s wintery weather means that it can be a little bit harder to keep everyone moving. This set of 10 super fun, winter-themed activities are sure to keep kids away from the remote control and the video game console…at least for a little while!
Pencil Grasp Development Coloring Pages
These coloring pages were designed to help kids who are working on developing a dynamic tripod grasp or working on coloring inside the lines. The black backgrounds provide a clearly defined space for kids to color inside and the designs are fun and appealing.
Grab your copy now and start working on pencil grasp development today with this fresh new addition to your therapy bag!
Children + Nature Toolkit
Are you eager to incorporate nature into your therapy sessions, but not sure where to start? Searching for printable handouts about the benefits of nature for child development and executive functioning? Interested in the evidence behind using nature to promote executive functioning skills for kids?
This is the resource for you!
Inside you’ll find more than 30 pages of practical, easy-to-implement, evidence-based ideas and activities to incorporate nature into your therapy practice to support executive functioning and other developmental skills!
The School Based Therapist Handbook Webinar
Are you new to school-based therapy or thinking of making the switch?
Feeling overwhelmed by huge caseloads, mountains of paperwork, and confusing lingo?
Finally, there’s a resource that will help you feel more comfortable as you learn to deliver services in the school setting!
Approved for continuing education in Ohio for OTs and PTs.
Hallway Waiting Games Printable Pack
These games and activities help keep kids engaged and calm while waiting in the hallway – perfect for teachers to use with their students or for therapists who are interested in providing push-in services during a natural part of the school routine.
Print the 12-page pack of prompts, laminate, and hang them in a common waiting area. Introduce and demonstrate each of the activities and then have the students try them out! Or – use the prompts as fun movement breaks during homework or in the classroom.
Printable Tracing & Drawing Templates
These drawing templates can help kids achieve success and gain confidence through practice. The pages show kids how to first trace an object to get the feel for how to draw the simple shapes that come together to form a picture and then give them space to attempt the drawing themselves, using the shapes they have just practiced.
These pages are perfect to use as a classroom center or during a push-in therapy session in the classroom. You can even laminate them so it’s easy to use them again and again for repeated practice!
10 pages of printable drawing and tracing templates
Printable Resource Pack for Therapists
As therapists, we balance a lot. We facilitate treatment sessions while tracking and documenting progress. We form relationships with kids while keeping in good contact with their parents and caregivers. And we implement treatment techniques and strategies while passing along helpful tips and resources to parents and families.
This means that we need easy-to-read information that we can quickly share with the teachers and families we come into contact with every day. The printable resources for therapists in this pack are perfect resources to keep on hand to inform your therapy sessions or to share with others who work with and care for children.
This printable pack includes:
-Inclusion: How to Provide OT Services in the Classroom
-A Guide to Discussing Sensory Porcessing Concerns
-Transition Strategies to Prevent Tantrums & Other Behaviors
-Activities for Building Hand Strength
-Teaching Kids How to Use Scissors
-Simple Core Strengthening Activities for Kids
-Teaching Kids How to Jump
-Scooter Board Activities for Kids
-Heavy Work for Small Spaces
Printable Parent Resource Pack
Why is my child walking on his toes?
Why is she such a picky eater?
When will he ever learn to zip up his coat?
If you’re a parent, you have questions. It comes with the territory.
Whether it’s your first child, your only child, or your fifth child – every single one develops at his or her own pace and in his or her own way. And all kids are bound to bump into a developmental roadblock or two (or more!) along the way. When they do, we want simple, straightforward ideas, tips, and parent resources to get us back on track.
This printable pack includes:
-What’s Wrong With W-SItting
-Sensory Red Flags
-Mess-Free Sensory Activities for Kids
-Tips for Picky Eaters
-Learning How to Ride a Bike
-Kids & Clothing Fasteners
-Helping Kids Learn to Climb Stairs
-Calming Activities for Community Outings
Printable Classroom Resource Pack
Why can’t he just sit still?
How can I help the kids in my classroom calm down and attend?
Why was my circle time/morning meeting such a disaster?
Do these questions sound familiar? Running a classroom isn’t easy. That’s why it’s important to have reliable, easy-to-read, and easy-to-implement tips and strategies at your fingertips. Tips and strategies that come from professionals who have spent years supporting kids and teachers to make the classroom experience more successful for everyone.
This printable pack includes:
–Common Problems That Affect Circle Time & Group Instruction
-Circle Time Tips and Strategies
-Circle Time Seating Options for Kids Who Can’t Sit Still
-Tips and Tricks for Waiting & Walking in Line
-Calming Sensory Strategies for School
-Creating a Sensory-Friendly Classroom
-How to Introduce Fidget Tools and Other Sensory Supplies
-Sensory Strategies for Promoting Attention
-10 Alternatives to Taking Recess Away for Discipline
The Hand Strengthening Exercise Program
If you work or live with kids, you probably know at least a few who struggle with tasks like handwriting, cutting with scissors, squeezing a glue bottle, or completing clothing fasteners. What if we told you that many of these issues often boil down to one simple thing? And, more importantly, what if we told you we had a brand new, awesome resource to help address it?
Inside the exercise program you’ll find:
-more than 20 downloadable pages of fun, creative hand exercises designed to build strength and dexterityin the hands and fingers
-more than 30 scannable QR codes linking to short videos showing playful hand exercises and activities using simple materials
-a set of printable cards with scannable QR codes on each one – perfect for creating engaging therapy sessions or classroom centers
-tracking sheet to document participation
-documentation sheet to monitor progress
Are you tired of feeling awkward and uncomfortable when you try to offer services in the classroom setting?
This is the course for you!
Inside this course:
-Learn the “why” behind integrative services. What are the benefits and challenges? What does the research say?
-Learn how to build relationships with teachers to support your push-in therapy practice.
-Ease the feeling of awkwardness and feel more confident and effective when providing services in the classroom and other inclusive settings during the school day.
-Show up ready for your push-in therapy session with new ideas, therapy tools, plans, strategies, and an action plan
The Developmental Milestone Handbook (ebook)
Are you a new or expecting parent who is wondering what to expect from your baby’s development in the first few years of life?
Are you an early intervention therapist looking for child development resources to share with parents and families?
Are you an early childhood teacher or childcare provider who needs quick and easy child development resources and playful developmental activities?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, our Developmental Milestone Handbook is the perfect place to start!
This ebook includes:
-Information about developmental milestones, including gross motor milestones and fine motor milestones for ages 0-5
-Over 100 activity suggestions for supporting healthy fine motor, gross motor, and sensory development
-Information and activities organized by age range for quick reference
*This book was formerly called The Infant & Toddler Handbook.
Printable Developmental Milestones Handout Pack (digital download)
This colorful child development resource printable pack includes:
-12 pages of colorful, easy-to-read information sheets
-Developmental milestone information for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers (ages birth to 5 years)
-Emerging skills, everyday play ideas, red flags, recommended toys for each age group
-Information about developmental skills including: tummy time, rolling, sitting, crawling, standing and walking
The Hand Strengthening Handbook (ebook)
Hand strength is one of the most common problem areas we see with kids in our pediatric therapy practice. You can spend hours searching all over the internet and browsing Pinterest to find hand strengthening activities that will work for the kids in your therapy practice, classroom, or home. But who has time for that?
The Hand Strengthening Handbook is a collection of more than 100 fun and playful hand strengthening ideas right at your fingertips in one easy-to-read printable resource. The ebook includes:
-Information about why hand strength is important for kids
-A basic description of how the hand muscles work
-A description about what it looks like when kids have weak hand muscles
-Weight Bearing Activities
-Pushing, Pulling & Lifting Activities
-Squeezing, Squishing & Pinching Activities
-Activities for building hand strength through everyday play
The Core Strengthening Exercise Program (digital download)
Now, when you work with kids on core strengthening, you’ll have access to another awesome resource to help make core strengthening fun and entertaining for kids while promoting carryover in the classroom and at home! Check out our latest resource – The Core Strengthening Exercise Program!
The Core Strengthening Exercise Program is one of our most popular therapy tools. It takes some of the playful and engaging activities from The Core Strengthening Handbook and presents them in a format that captures kids’ attention and encourages participation using visual prompts.
The handouts are also perfect for printing and sharing with parents and teachers to encourage core strengthening activities at home and in the classroom.
The printable pack includes:
-8 printable core strength activity handouts
-Color images of children performing each activity
-QR codes that give quick access to short videos of children performing each activity
-Playful variations on the activities to promote participation and engagement
-Easy-to-use charts to document participation in the core strengthening activities
-16 printable core strength activity cards with photos and QR codes
Printable Therapy Planner
When you decided to become a pediatric therapist, you dreamed of helping kids achieve independence and success. Your career dreams probably didn’t include drowning in a sea of paperwork or being completely overwhelmed by documentation and data collection.
Complete with easy-to-use documentation sheets, schedules and calendars, note pages, treatment planning templates and more, the Therapy Planner allows you to efficiently manage your paperwork so you can focus your time and energy on quality evaluations, creative treatments, and meaningful collaboration with families, teachers, and other colleagues.
All of the documents are digital and editable, so you can download them and type directly into the forms, or print them and write on them yourself! This will quickly become one of your most valuable therapy tools!
Webinar – Creative Pediatric Treatment Strategies Based on the Evidence
In this 2-hour pre-recorded webinar, Laurie Gombash, PT, M.Ed. shares fun, easy, and creative ideas for kids that can be used in therapy, the classroom, or at home!
The webinar, great for pediatric OTs and PTs and others who work with kids, reviews the research pertaining to therapeutic interventions that target strengthening, bilateral coordination, postural control, balance and more! You’ll come away with lots of practical new ideas!
Your purchase includes bonus materials and a post-test to receive CEUs approved in the state of Ohio. The course also fills a professional development requirement for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).
Do you know a student who slumps and leans in her seat? Have a kiddo who just can’t seem to sit still? Or maybe there’s a child you know who can’t concentrate in the classroom or during homework time.
Very often, when we see issues like these, the underlying problem is core strength. Weak core muscles are becoming more and more common in kids today.
The Core Strengthening Handbook is the ultimate resource and one of our most powerful therapy tools for fun and creative core strengthening activities for kids! Inside, you’ll find tons of awesome exercises, games, and activities designed to give kids the strong core foundation they need to succeed!
-40 Pages (downloadable pdf)
-Quick and Easy Core Strengthening Activities for Kids
-Core Strengthening Exercises With Equipment
-Core Strengthening Play Ideas
Wiggle Worms: A Guide to Alternative Seating for the Classroom
What if you had the power to magically unlock your students’ potential? To increase participation, engagement, and morale in your classroom? To turn fidgety, inattentive kids into tuned-in problem solvers?
This is where alternative classroom seating can come into play!
And with our new printable guide, you’ll be on your way to creating a flourishing learning community in your classroom. A community where kids can take responsibility for what their bodies need. Where you can be effective in meeting kids where they are based on their styles and preferences.
You’re just one click away from becoming an alternative seating rockstar! Perfect for teachers looking to incorporate an alternative seating plan into their classrooms or therapists looking for awesome new therapy tools for their practice.
Whether you are a parent, educator, caregiver, or therapist, this easy-to-read guide is your starting point to gain a better understanding of sensory processing and the body’s sensory systems.
This comprehensive, full-color child development resource contains 3 books in 1:
-Sensory Processing Explained: An explanation of each sensory system from a therapist’s point of view and from the perspective of a parent and educator
-Sensory Activities: Step-by-step instructions for activities you can use in everyday play with kids at home or at school to support the development of each sensory system
-Sensory Resources: Resources related to sensory processing, including support groups for parents and caregivers of children who have sensory needs, cheat sheets with quick overviews of each sensory system, and more.
Looking for a fun way to encourage kids to explore the world using their senses? These 5 simple scavenger hunts will do the trick!
Our Sensory Motor Scavenger Hunt pack contains:
-A Movement Scavenger Hunt
-A Tactile Scavenger Hunt
-A Visual Scavenger Hunt
-An Auditory Scavenger Hunt
-An Outdoor Sensory Motor Scavenger Hunt
Summer Home Activities Printable Packet
As pediatric therapists, we know how important it is to help kids keep up with skills over the summer. As moms, we understand that actually getting kids to practice anything over the summer can be a hair-pulling, teeth-gritting experience. So we’ve created an awesome printable packet full of fine motor, gross motor, and sensory activities and ideas to keep you busy all summer long.
Inside the 15-page downloadable packet you’ll find:
-Simple cutting practice pages
-Simple early writing activities
-Hand strengthening activities
-Tricks for promoting efficient pencil grasp
-Information about strengthening for kids
-Fun activities to build core strength
-Easy ideas for working on gross motor skills like ball skills, jumping, stairs, and more
-Lots of ideas for mess-free sensory play
The Spring Activity Pack
This printable packet of 14 fun activities is perfect for preschoolers and elementary-aged children and includes:
-14 of our favorite springtime fine motor and gross motor activities
-Suggestions for grading the difficulty of each activity
-Easy-to-use materials checklists
The activities in Playful Learning Lab for Kids explore concepts in reading, language, math, art, music, science, geography, and social studies, all while engaging children with movement, touch, sound, and sight.
The activities and lessons in this book include suggestions for tailoring the experience to different levels, making it a book children can grow with. The skills range from visual perceptual skills and spatial awareness, to early geometry concepts, visual motor integration, and fine motor skills.
This book will shift your entire mindset so you can begin to replace sedentary, one-dimensional lessons and worksheets with whole-body, multi-sensory activities that can instantly create a classroom or house full of active, engaged learners.
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Printable Holiday Activities Pack
Feeling busy and overwhelmed this holiday season?
No time to prepare great lessons for the kids in your classroom or therapy practice?
Looking for fun ways to connect and engage with your kids at home over Christmas break?
This 20-page printable pack is for you!