Bad Behavioral Signs Your Child Could Benefit from Occupational Therapy - All kids go through emotional ups and downs. They feel angry, frustrated, or sad from time to time and this is completely normal. Life-changing situations can really take a toll on children and cause changes in their behavior. It's essential you recognize the difference between normal behavior changes and behavioral problems and when it's time to get some help. Bad Continue Reading
How Occupational Therapy Can Help With Aggressive Behavior in Children - Whether your child hits or bites because they're angry or for other reasons you don't fully understand, aggressive behavior in children can be a normal part of your child's development. Typically, if any child receives constant negative consequences for their aggression and learns new skills for improving their behavior, aggression starts subsiding during their preschool years. But, aggression could sometimes Continue Reading
Home-Based Exercises to Improve Fine Motor Skills - If your child is in pediatric occupational therapy, their pediatric therapist will tell you how important fine motor skill development is.  Whether it's using school supplies, zipping up a backpack, or writing, efficient fine motor skills are needed.  These days, you may want to have your child exercise their fine motor skills now more than ever at home, especially if they're spending Continue Reading
Home Based Exercises to Improve Handwriting - Plenty of children struggle with messy handwriting and sometimes simply "practicing" doesn't always help. And, while pediatric occupational therapy will definitely help, there are things you can do at home. Below are three home-based exercises you can try with your child to improve their handwriting skills.  1. Egg Carton and Beans This is an inexpensive activity you can have your child do at Continue Reading
Ways Virtual Leaning Can Worsen Shortcomings in Fine Motor Skills - As kids grow, they are developing various abilities and skills over time and fine motor skills are one of the most essential. Fine motor skills allow kids to make fine (small) movements with their extremities (toes and fingers) as well as other body parts like their lips, tongue, feet, hands, and wrists. Kids use these essential skills to perform small Continue Reading
Consequences of Delaying Early Pediatric Occupational Therapy - Your child's early years in life are very important because during these years their cognitive, physical, and social growth and development take place. The first three years are crucial since your child's brain is evolving during this phase. Sadly, not all kids pass through these important developmental milestones successfully. Some don't develop and mature as they should and this results Continue Reading
What Is Self Regulation and How Can OTs Help? - Children experience ups and downs on a regular basis when they're attempting to manage their frustrations and feelings. A child can experience discomfort or stress when responding to new environments and changes, but parents, teachers and occupational therapists can act as "emotional coaches" as they help kids respond to situations accordingly. They can help them manage their behaviors and feelings Continue Reading
What Is Executive Functioning? How Can OTs Help With It? - Executive functioning is a fairly common term used in the neuropsychology and healthcare world. It's the mental capacity to process information while you complete other activities, focus attention and to plan and remember instructions. It's a skill that enables kids to filter out distractions, control impulses and prioritize action goals. The development of executive function starts in infancy and continues Continue Reading
Benefits of Early Intervention for Fine Motor Delays - Your child's fine motor skills involve them using their small muscles that control their fingers, hand and thumb. Fine motor skills help your child perform essential activities such as grasping toys, feeding themselves, writing, drawing, zipping up clothes and more. Being able to complete daily tasks and self-care helps with your child's confidence and self-esteem. It's essential to begin to Continue Reading
The Underlying Causes of Why Kids Have Difficulty With Handwriting - An important focus in the elementary school years for any child is learning how to effectively write words and sentences. While all young children at one time or another might have some difficulty with handwriting, if your child's handwriting is consistently unclear or distorted, it could indicate a learning disability known as dysgraphia. Dysgraphia is a nervous system issue that Continue Reading