Sensory Motor Disorder

Left-handed writers benefit from a vertical slant

Solutions for the Struggles of Left-Handed Writers

Left-handed writers can be a menacing force in the classroom when it comes to handwriting instruction!  Their struggles are confusing for teachers and parents and can result in a great deal of stress for...
Bilateral Integration

Hand Dominance: Is My Child Ambidextrous?

Within the first few minutes of my observation, one thing that becomes instantly apparent amongst children referred for Occupational Therapy (OT), are differences in bilateral integration and sequencing, reluctance to cross midline, and poor...
Bowling - Strength

7 Family Fun Indoor Activities

I know spring is right around the corner but for some people when the snow is still on the ground, it means downhill skiing, sledding, and snowmobiling. Others, however, aren’t as eager to head...
Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras Craft Ideas Fit for A King or Queen

Mardi Gras is a French phrase for Fat Tuesday, more formally known as Shrove Tuesday. This is the holiday to celebrate and eat like a glutton because the following day is Ash Wednesday, marking...
Geoboard

Strengthen Fine Motor with Mini-Weather Geoboards

Groundhog Day was yesterday and whether Punxsutawney Phil was right or wrong, the cold in some parts means children are still cooped up inside needing activities to keep them busy and engaged.  That's where...

7 Sloppy Handwriting Solutions, Part 3

Many educators and parents experience sloppy handwriting from their students and children. Handwriting is a complex task and cannot be “cured” overnight. Many components lead to legible handwriting and sometimes working on even one or...
art therapy - fine motor

Utilize Art To Increase Fine Motor Skills

The process of creating art is a fun way for kids with various isms to maintain and increase fine motor skills.  Many times skills are being increased without the artist even realizing it.  It...

7 Sloppy Handwriting Solutions, Part 2

My last article in this 3 part series discussed 4 out of the 7 sloppy handwriting issues that many educators and parents are seeing on a daily basis. Sloppy handwriting is not something that...

Motor Skills During the 1st Year of Life

If differences in motor development can be observed in young infants later diagnosed with autism, then there is potential to detect autism long before a child is old enough to socially interact or to...
sloppy-handwriting

7 Sloppy Handwriting Solutions, Part 1

There are many components that lead to legible handwriting, which can be overwhelming for many children. As parents and professionals, we need to keep the end goal in mind. Are we there to make...