Shoe Tying Hack for preschoolers self help shoe tying Jun 01, 2022

Here is an easy hack for teaching a child to tie his or her shoes!  

Sometimes it's easier to add a colored rubber band around one side of the lace, just for a visual reference ("wrap the red lace around the black lace").   When I teach a child to tie shoes, I demonstrate on a...

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Occupational Therapy Cheat Sheet administration cheatsheet occupational therapy referral May 16, 2022

Explaining what occupational therapy is a lot easier than it used to be when I started out in my career.  Yet, I know that many teachers and parents have not heard about occupational therapy or may only know how it can help elderly or rehab patients.   Here is a cheat sheet that I...

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Proprioceptive input - it calms dogs too #heavywork dog occupational therapy proprioceptive input sensory processing May 07, 2022

This is Sweetie. Like many dogs, she hates storms. She seeks out proprioceptive input (tight spaces = tight hug) to decrease her anxiety. She also wears her Thundervest which helps too. You can decrease your child's anxiety or worry by offering opportunities for deep pressure (wheelbarrow...

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Proper pencil (size) helps with proper grasp development occupational therapy pencil grasp preschool May 07, 2022

Avoid those choo choo pencils and jumbo crayons.   We see a lot of inefficient grasp patterns and the big and heavy tools create so much weight that it makes children hold them in odd positions.   Imagine how you hold a pen to write a grocery list.  Now imagine that you...

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How occupational therapy relates to academics academics occupational therapy Mar 23, 2022

 Long ago when I was beating the pavement to establish partnerships with agencies and schools, I would often get the blank look from administrators about Occupational Therapy.  Either they hadn’t heard of it, or they only knew of OT when they thought of how an OT worked with...

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