“Occupational therapy? But my child doesn’t have a job!” Just as occupational therapy helps adults perform better at their jobs, OT helps children succeed in important areas of their lives. This includes helping children build the skills required for essential daily activities such as brushing their teeth, writing their name, or playing with friends.
Who ever thought it would be good to tell your child to actually play with their food? But kids are curious, and a fun way to let them explore is by playing with food! But this isn’t just for fun. Playing with food can actually help your child develop their senses. Try these ideas to explore and develop the senses while playing with food. Continue reading Playing With Your Food… and Senses
You may have heard about the “Terrible Twos”, but what about Terrible Teething? Your little baby may be a little thrown off by those chompers coming in, but teething doesn’t have to be terrible. Just knowing what to expect is an important part of teething, and hey, you’re reading this so you’re on the right track! Once you know what to expect, there are a few ways you can comfort baby. Continue reading Teething Tips For You and Your Child
During the first year of life, babies are communicating their needs through crying but it isn’t always the easiest to figure out what their different types of cries mean. Within the first month, you will begin to pick up cues from your baby’s cry. Most of the common reasons behind a babies cry include being tired, hungry, having a dirty diaper, teething, feeling too hot or too cold, stomach issues, or overstimulation. When none of these seem to help ease your little one try one of the following techniques to help soothe your crying baby. Continue reading How to Comfort a Crying Baby
Snow globes are great winter decorations and bonus: they’re fun to create! Making them even helps kids with their executive function skills, including reading and following directions, planning and organizing an activity, and using working memory. Have your child read and follow these directions. You only need a few materials and a short amount of time to create a wintery snow globe! Continue reading Make a Snow Globe, Make a Memory, The Perfect Winter Project to Promote Fine Motor Skills
We know going to the dentist is important, but even adults can be uncomfortable during their annual dental checkup. If you’re uneasy, imagine how worried your little one might feel.
Get outdoors and play in the snow! Use the snow for a fun, new way to practice gross motor skills. Continue reading Let It Snow. Let Them Grow. ’Tis the Season to Improve Gross Motor Skills
Brrrrr! Many people are starting to feel the winter weather creeping up on them. We all do our best to avoid the cold, but sometimes going outdoors in frigid temperatures is unavoidable. And going out into the cold, snow, and wind with a young child can add an extra layer of challenge.
No parent wants to see their child upset, but sometimes it’s hard to know how to react when your child is nervous or afraid. Do you hug them? Do you let them cry it out? There’s so much conflicting advice out there! Next time you’re faced with reacting to your nervous or fearful child, try these tried and true tips. Continue reading Tips for Comforting a Fearful or Nervous Child