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
Reasons to Keep Up With In-Person OT, Where Possible, During COVID-19 - During this coronavirus pandemic, many healthcare appointments have shifted to telemedicine and telehealth, and pediatric occupational therapy is no different. Occupational, speech, and physical therapy appointments online are helpful during this time when visiting in-person is not possible. Teletherapy allows you and the therapist to continue helping your child progress toward their goals. It also helps your child get back Continue Reading
What are the Causes of Messy Handwriting? - Most individuals expect young children to have messy handwriting. It can be hard to learn how to write letters and place them in the right order to create words. It takes practice and time for children to do this neatly. However, as kids become older, their messy handwriting might appear to others as a sign of laziness. Typically, this isn't Continue Reading
Identifying Fine Motor Skills To Help With Everyday Chores Around the House - There are numerous ways of keeping your children engaged and organized and their bodies receiving the sensory processing input they require. Chores are a great way to build fine motor skills and they're ideal because kids understand purpose and routine. Plus, chores often involve whole-body movements, tactile perception, and fine motor skills that can be adapted to the ability level Continue Reading
Don’t Ignore OT During the Time of COVID-19 - Amidst the pandemic, OT students and practitioners are facing unprecedented challenges that impact their mental health and psychosocial well-being. Not only this, but they might have been working on developmental issues before the pandemic, such as: Sensory processing Fine motor skills Handwriting Visual perception skills It's important you don't ignore pediatric occupational therapy during the time of COVID-19, and continue Continue Reading