All You Ever Wanted to Know About Pencil Grips.. and MORE

As a school-based occupational therapist, I frequently get asked about grasp patterns. Many parents and teachers are concerned if a student does not demonstrate the “normal” dynamic tripod grasp pattern. However, I often observe in the classrooms and I realized a lot of students (including me) do not use the “normal” tripod grasp. Today, I want to break down the …

Could Your Child Benefit From OT? What OT’s Do and What They Help With.

April is Occupational Therapy Month. So what really is occupational therapy and what is an occupational therapist (OT)?  Occupational therapy is a profession that helps both young and old, across their lifespan, participate in their daily life activities, to their fullest potential.  Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help promote physical and mental health as well assist people of all …

The Most Amazing Hot Chocolate. Ever. (with recipe & accompanying speech therapy practice)

  Bundled up under piles of blankets….wishing for that perfect cup of hot chocolate and great ways to work on your child’s speech inside? Look no further…recipe included (and SLP tested). Getting in the kitchen with your kiddos is a great way to learn new vocabulary, following directions, answering WH questions, and many other language opportunities! Recipe (© dlsh.it) Prepared …

Sensory Bin 101: The In’s and Out’s of a Very Important Learning Tool

A sensory bin is a container filled with items that provide the user with sensory input. Dependent upon the items, also known as fillers, a sensory bin may provide the user with tactile, auditory, visual, and olfactory sensory experiences.  Sensory bins provide the user with the opportunity to play, while exploring various textures and utensils/tools. Who uses a sensory bin? …

4 No-Tech Activities For Children During Waiting Times

The scene could be a grocery store, in the car, at a restaurant or at home on a cold day.  Your child is bored and wants something (food, to leave, etc.) and you tell them to wait. When they have a tantrum, parents often turn to electronics to appease their child. While this seems like a great idea in the …

Mancala: A Classic Game Perfect for Learning

Mancala is a great game to help develop a variety of skills in your children. Children learn how to count, problem solve, and take turns. This board game comes with small, pebble like game pieces that require fine motor skills to operate successfully. This game will provide your child with plenty of opportunity to practice finger dexterity, finger isolation, and …

Create an Ideal Tummy-Time Environment for Baby in 5 Easy Steps

Tummy Time describes the position of your baby on his/her stomach during supervised, awake activities. Tummy time is important for the development of musculature in the head, neck, shoulder, and arms. This musculature is crucial for rolling, crawling and walking. Tummy time also decreases the frequency your baby spends lying on his/her back, which prevents flat spots on the back …

How to: Use Food to Develop Fine Motor Skills

As a school-based occupational therapist I implement interventions based on the individual needs of each student. These interventions may consist of activities to increase muscular strength, endurance, crossing midline skills, bilateral coordination skills, self-care skills, gross motor and fine motor skills. Each of these underlying skills is necessary to complete tasks such as cutting, writing, shoe-tying, and playing.  It can …

SpinAgain: The Can’t-Miss Modern Twist on Traditional Ring Stackers

A Modern TWIST on traditional ring stackers! This toy is great for children 12 mo. and older. It encourages hand-eye coordination, cause-and-effect learning, language opportunities and much more! Includes: Set of 6 vibrant, graduated discs that spin down a corkscrew pole and stack up any way you want; discs alternate between flower and star-burst shapes, feature 2 colors each Available …