April is occupational therapy (OT) month – so that means we get to highlight the profession and why we love our OTs! Check out this article to learn more about pediatric occupational therapy – what we do, how we do it and why OT is so important.
Knowing that many activities of daily living can be extremely taxing, and even overwhelming for our kids allows us to prepare and proactively implement strategies to promote a more successful experience for everyone involved. Click here for a list of strategies and resources to help improve hair and nail clipping experience with you kids.
One primary role as parents is to assist our children through many activities of daily living in order to promote health, well-being and participation of our children with their environment. Hair cuts, nail clipping, and other grooming activities can be difficult for a child – and family - particularly if the child struggles with sensory processing. Click here to learn how to provide a sensory-friendly environment for difficult grooming activities in order to improve your child's tolerance and participation in such routine necessities.
Executive function is a set of mental skills that our kids use every day to actively engage in daily like skills, learn, and play. Executive function is responsible for your child’s ability to sustain attention, organize and plan, initiate and complete, problem solve, and regulate emotions. There are many different ways to address breakdowns with executive functioning skills. Your therapy team works together to address ‘the whole child’ so they can perform at their best. Check out some ways in which occupational therapy can focus on improving your child’s executive functioning skills.
Handwriting is an important developmental task for children to learn. Through handwriting, we can express ourselves and communicate with the world around us. However, it is imperative to acknowledge that handwriting is complicated - there are so many skills and factors that go into the physical act of putting letters/words on paper. Check out this article for some tips to help promote development of handwriting skills for your children.
The year of 2020 has brought a lot of unpredictable change to what we considered “normal”. Forcing us to reevaluate and redefine how we interact with one other and stay connected to those important to us. Virtual game nights are a great way to bring some entertainment to your family and friends while staying safe and healthy during this crazy time. This article provides simple tips, tricks and how-to's for adapting your game nights in order to target a variety of developmental skills for your children in a fun and entertaining way.
Getting dressed for the day is a daily activity that can also cause a lot of stress on both parents and the child. With weather changes, comes changes in clothing, which for our touch sensitive kids can be a big deal. In this article we share some tips to help ease the transtision from summer to school clothes for your kids.
An activity of daily living – also known as an ADL – is a primary occupation an individual needs to perform every day. Both kids and adults need to engage in ADLs in order to function within their environment. Read more here.