Benefits of Music for Children with Developmental Delays - Music offers a lot of benefits for children with special needs. According to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy is effective in numerous areas like: Facilitating movement Providing overall physical rehabilitation Providing emotional support Increasing motivation to engage in treatment Providing an outlet to express feelings Below are some benefits of music therapy for children with sensory processing or other developmental delays. Enhances Continue Reading
5 Fun Outdoor Toys That Strengthen Fine Motor Planning, Social Skills, Sensory Processing, and More - A pediatric occupational therapist who works with younger children have the in-depth knowledge and understanding of the type of skills children need to interact with their daily environment. Children need to be able to negotiate their school, home and outdoor play. Playing with outdoor toys is a great way to help children with sensory processing and other challenges improve their cognitive, social, physical and Continue Reading
5 Tips to Ease the Transition to School - Beginning a new school year is often a stressful and chaotic time for both children and parents. Throw in fine motor skills or sensory processing challenges and it can be even more difficult and harder to manage. To help ease your child's transition back to school, below are some tips you can try out. 1. Change their Bedtime Gradually If your child currently has Continue Reading
What is Adaptive Paper for Handwriting? - Messy handwriting is a common reason for pediatric occupational therapist referrals in a primary school setting. In many cases, children haven't mastered or don't have exposure to the basic prewriting skills required to move forward with handwriting development skills such as: Formation Sizing Alignment Spacing Construction Kids struggling with handwriting can benefit from adaptive paper. This type of paper is ideal for Continue Reading
Pediatric Yoga: Enhancing the Mind, Body and Soul - Yoga means "unite" and the practice itself unites the psychological, physical and spiritual components in people. It's a mindful, dynamic and purposeful exercise that awakens the creative potential you have from within. In essence, it is a total being activity. A 2008 survey published in the journal Psychiatry estimated 15.8 million (6.9 percent) of individuals in the U.S. practiced yoga. And, four of the Continue Reading
Sleep Tips for Kids with ADHD - Kids with ADHD usually have problems staying focused, sitting still and controlling their emotions and behavior. And, this can lead to dependence, lower social skills and poor school performance. Because of this, they often need special attention from their parents, school systems, teachers and health professionals. Some need a pediatric occupational therapist. But, forgetfulness, trouble paying attention and poor impulse control are Continue Reading
5 Tips to Ease Your Child’s Transition to Summer - Before you know it, another school year is closing out. Your child is no doubt already used to their regular routine, their daily schedule and structured school day. The start of summer vacation, like the start of a new school year, can bring on certain challenges for your child. Although your child is likely excited to start their summer break, Continue Reading
How to Know My Child Might Need Pediatric Occupational Therapy - Does your child seem to have trouble with everyday activities at school, home or in the community? Are they experiencing challenges that most typically developing children don't seem to struggle with? If so, a pediatric occupational therapist might be able to help your child. Pediatric occupational therapy can help children with various needs to improve skills like: Physical Cognitive Motor Continue Reading
7 Tips to Get Your Child Outside More - Getting your children to go outside can be challenging. Either it gets too dark after your kids eat dinner to go outdoors, they say they're too old to play outdoors, or they prefer to play with toys or electronic devices inside. It’s even harder when your child is struggling with sensory processing problems. With the social communications and video games online growing Continue Reading
5 Summer Play Date Tips for Kids with Autism - All children can benefit from play dates, but this is especially true of kids with autism. Play dates enable children to build future relationships and practice important social skills. They allow your child to not just be a quiet observer, but to actually take part in the action. The benefits of play dates for autistic children include: Improves social decision Continue Reading