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Occupational Therapy? I Can Do That!

THERAPY IS PLAY!  Occupational therapy from a parent’s perspective: Why is the therapist playing with my child, and why am I paying for someone to play with my child when I could do this at home? Occupational therapy from an OT’s perspective: How can I make this fun and purposeful, while giving this child a challenge? OT’s have a method...

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Encouraging Creativity In Your Child

Is your child becoming bored on snowy or rainy days? These are great days to spark creativity and imagination! By allowing your child the ability to be creative without specific instructions or a model promotes independence and problem-solving skills. One way to promote creativity is through “free art”, which allows the child to create anything they desire without “rules” (except...

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ABC’s Interactive Screening Tool

What is it? A tool to help parents know what their child should be doing and when.  How does it work? It is simple.  Simply plug in your child’s birthdate.  The gross motor, fine motor, language and sensory tasks that your child should do at that age will pop up.  Answer the questions indicating what your child can and cannot...

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Gift Ideas for Elementary school aged children

The holidays are just around the corner and family and friends will be wondering what to get your child this year. With hours spent at school, popular video games and TV shows, children are sitting more and more. This year consider some of the following ideas to get your child moving and help support their development! Gift ideas for Elementary...

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Toddlers

Coming up to the holiday season, many parents have questions about the best toys for their toddlers.  Our day to day routines have evolved to promote children spending time in “containers.” This can be sitting in a car seat, jumpers, activity chairs, long periods in high chairs, etc. While convenient and necessary, it is also important to encourage your child...

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Handwriting Tips To Grow On

After reading Prewriting Tips to Grow On and working on these skills with your child, you should be on the right track to begin handwriting letters and numbers with your child. 1.       By 5, your child should begin writing numbers 1-5 and capital letters of his/her first name. At first, give your child opportunities to trace the capital letters of...

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Prewriting Tips To Grow On

1.       By a young age, encourage your child to color and explore using paper and crayons as this is an integral part of your child’s prewriting and fine motor development. Continue working on purposeful scribbling, coloring in large/small shapes, drawing (specifically people), and using your child’s creativity throughout his/her childhood. 2.       By 2 years old, your child should begin grasping...

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Fun Fall Craft

Fall tree cutting activity: Cut a tree trunk and branches (different sizes of rectangles) out of brown construction paper and glue it onto another piece of construction paper (you can use blue for the sky or any other color you choose) Cut a strip of green paper and glue it under to bottom of the tree for grass Cut out...

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Is your child meeting their developmental milestones?