Quadruped. We like to think of it as "the king of all body positions" in pediatric physical and occupational therapy. *This post contains affiliate links. Read more. It’s a position from which we can get a lot of information about a child’s level of physical development. And, in this position we can have kids engage in a ton of effective therapeutic play activities. What is the quadruped position? The answer is super simple...another reason we love this position - it doesn’t require any fancy equipment or any complicated set-up. Quadruped is the simply the hands and knees position. ... Read More about Quadruped: Why it’s Important and 10 Fun Ways to Play!
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Check out some of our best sensory ideas for small spaces! From movement activities, to tactile activities, to visual activities, and more! *This post contains affiliate links. Read more. If you’re reading this post, you may be a school-based therapist working in a cramped storage closet or a tiny corner of the hallway. Or maybe you’re a teacher who knows how important it is to get those kiddos up and moving...but you have no space to do it. Maybe you’re a parent whose little one craves movement and other sensory input, but you just don’t have the room for lots of equipment and large ... Read More about 50 Sensory Ideas for Small Spaces
One of my favorite skills to work on in my school-based OT practice? Cutting with scissors! Why? because there are so many fun and creative cutting activities for preschoolers and young kids. *This post contains affiliate links. Read more. Most kids are really excited to learn how to use this common classroom tool. Once they get the hang of it, they have the freedom to create masterpieces in art class and they can complete those tricky cut and paste worksheets with ease. But cutting on those old-fashioned black and white worksheets is b-o-r-i-n-g. To keep kids’ attention and get ... Read More about Cutting Kit: Cutting Activities for Preschoolers & Young Kids
This is one of our favorite Thanksgiving games for kids and doesn't require any complicated or messy materials! Have your kids ever played Pick Up Sticks? Mine love it and it was definitely one of my favorites growing up too! Let’s try giving this classic fine motor activity a little twist! If you're looking for fun Thanksgiving games for kids - put this one on your list! WHAT YOU’LL NEED: -Sticks, pencils, chop sticks, wooden skewers, or small twigs or, for a mini version try toothpicks! -A loop to place the sticks inside (scrapbook paper, cut section of a toilet paper roll or paper ... Read More about Thanksgiving Games: Don’t Topple the Teepee!
This super easy, super cheap geoboard fine motor activity is the perfect thing to throw in your therapy bag as a warmup to get little fingers moving before handwriting, cutting, and other activities! *This post contains affiliate links. Read more. There’s nothing like a trip to the dollar store to get the creative juices flowing for a pediatric therapist. The aisles are full of amazing trinkets, toys, and gadgets that make the perfect additions to your stash of therapy supplies. Today’s trip was no exception. My first grader has been begging me for a geoboard for weeks, and, while I ... Read More about Dollar Store Geoboard Fine Motor Activity
These fun finger games are the perfect way to target a range of fine motor skills in younger children. *This post contains affiliate links. Read more. Kids use their hands a lot for all kinds of child development skills. From grasping a pencil to catching a ball, they need their little hands and fingers to be strong and coordinated. In previous posts, we’ve written about in-hand manipulation skills and we’ve provided many ways to help improve hand strength in kids. We’ve even showed off one of our favorite fine motor activities...finger gymnastics! Today, we’re going to round up ... Read More about Finger Games for Kids
Every so often, if you’re lucky, you stumble upon someone who reignites your passion and excitement about your job. Someone who doeseesn’t just talk the talk, but who gets out there and walks the walk, setting an example and inspiring others every single day. If you haven’t met this someone yet, let me introduce you to our friend Angela Hanscom. You may recognize Angela’s name from a couple of her very popular Washington Post articles: Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today and The right - and surprisingly wrong - ways to get kids to sit still in class. *This post contains ... Read More about 10 Outdoor Activities for Your Therapy Practice
When people think of school-based occupational therapists, they picture pencil grips. Those brightly-colored squishy little things are like an OT’s calling card - we leave them strewn about pretty much everywhere we go. *This post is sponsored by The Pencil Grip, Inc. and products were provided for us to sample and review. All opinions are our own. I have pencil grips in my therapy bag, on my desk, and...if I’m being honest...I have them in the glove compartment of my car. You just never know when you’ll need one! When we came across the line of pencil grips from The Pencil Grip, ... Read More about PENCIL GRIPS AND MORE FROM THE PENCIL GRIP, INC.