Occupational Therapy

motor planning

Use Frisbees and Hats to Promote Motor Skills!

There's a great book of party game ideas entitled, Kids Outdoor Parties by Penny Warner. I tend to look at things with therapeutic lenses on, always on a quest for fun game ideas that hold...
Eyegames Lois Hickman Rebecca Hutchins

Eyegames: Easy and Fun Visual Exercises

Lois Hickman and Rebecca Hutchins, an occupational therapist and an optometrist, co-authored Eyegames: Easy and Fun Visual Exercises: An OT and Optometrist Offer Activities to Enhance Vision! to offer activities to improve vision. This short read...
sensory defensive

4 Steps to Discovering Happiness with a Sensory-Defensive Child

Suppose that you are in my class and I am sharing some vital information with you. Now, also suppose that I have dropped a spider down the back of your shirt, where he is...

Benefits to a “Hybrid” Occupational Therapy Program

Virtual reality surrounds us. We even distance ourselves from ourselves with computers, cell phones, and electronic games. We distance ourselves from others and from ourselves, by filling the void with things that can’t give...

Helping With Handwriting

Many children struggle with handwriting and completing worksheets.  They may experience hand weakness and poor endurance.  If this sounds like your child, you may need to get creative when it comes to getting your...

Build an Emergency Kit and Improve the Lives of Strangers!

When I think about everything we use in a day to keep my child running right, I realized that my emergency kit needs an upgrade. There's no way I can pack up the trampoline,...

Sensory Strategies for Under-Responders, Part 2

Last month in The Under-Responsive Side of SPD, Part 1, I talked about the sensory modulation continuum and the specific needs of children with "isms" that are under-responsive to sensory input. This month, I'd...

4 Overlooked Pre-Writing Features

Handwriting is such a complex task and our students are asked to write frequently throughout their school days. Poor handwriting is one of the leading Occupational Therapy referrals in school systems. All too often,...

How to Receive the Greatest Benefit from Your Child’s Therapy Sessions

A typical chain of events leading up to enrollment in a therapy program is as follows: A parent begins to have concerns about the behaviors or skill development of his/her child. After some time, the concern...