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
Fun Ways to Practice Handwriting with Preschoolers - When your child is at preschool age, they will begin learning to form their letters for handwriting. You can play a big part in this by exposing your younger preschooler to activities that encourage using pre-writing strokes and line they need for handwriting. They also will benefit from activities that help support their fine motor skills development in their fingers and Continue Reading
Tips to Help Left-Handed Children Improve Their Handwriting - Left-handers may have more difficulty with handwriting than right-handers and for various reasons. For one, our culture simply favors right-handers and left-to-right progression. Pulling a pencil or pen across the paper is easier than pushing it. And, as your child moves their left hand across the paper, it covers the words they've already written and it often smears the pencil marks too. Continue Reading
Does Hand Flapping Mean My Child Has Autism? - Self-stimulatory behaviors or "stimming" are commonplace in autistic kids or those with a sensory processing disorder. But, even a typically-developing child may display these types of behaviors as well. And, even if you notice your child hand flapping or showing other types of these behaviors, it isn't a definite indication your child has autism. These behaviors may cause you concern and Continue Reading