The Impact of Electronic Devices on Handwriting - Technology can be a great thing. There are various options available for both adults and children; some for work, some for play, and some for entertainment. By design, technology is engaging and leaves you wanting more. Children and adults alike engage in phone and tablet use for various reasons, but is there actually a negative impact to spending too much Continue Reading
The Impact of Electronic Devices on Fine Motor Skills - With technology and electronic devices being a prevalent part of day-to-day life, parents and teachers are becoming concerned as to what's appropriate for young kids to use and do. Research does show both benefits and possible risks linked with technology use. A few health organizations have expressed concern about how much time kids spend using technology and about the damages Continue Reading
Is There a Difference in the Brains of a Child With Sensory Processing Disorder Versus a Typical Child? - Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is a condition where the brain has difficulties receiving and responding to information their senses provide. Many wonder if there's a difference in the brains of children with SPD versus typical children. According to a study, there just may be.  UC San Francisco researchers have found children with SPD have altered brain connectivity pathways when you Continue Reading
Why Is Cursive Such a Good Visual Motor Skill?  - Handwriting can be a complex skill. It requires your child to be able to form letters with consistent proportions, size, and spacing so other people can read the sentences and words. It takes complex visual perceptual skills to produce legible handwriting as well as motor skill integration. A visual motor integration deficiency might be evident if you're seeing poor quality Continue Reading
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