5 Home-Based Activities to Keep Your Kids Fresh During the Summer - Summer vacation can be lots of fun when your children have plenty to do. Learning and playing go hand in hand. Your children won’t enjoy staying indoors when it’s warm and sunny outside. With this in mind, take a look at the following ways to keep your little ones busy outdoors while also helping to develop their fine motor skills. 1) Continue Reading
Back-to-School Shopping List - Kids rarely enjoy thinking about the prospect of going back to school. Even so, you need to do your back-to-school shopping. Try to get your children involved so they look forward to using their new school supplies. Many kids’ supplies focus on the use of fine motor skills. These are the small muscle movements of the hand. They’re used when manipulating Continue Reading
Fine Motor Activities to Prepare Kids for Kindergarten - Fine motor activities are important because they encourage and help your child work on developing their fine motor skills. These skills are essential for proper handwriting. Before being introduced to writing, your child should get plenty of practice developing fine motor skills. Your child uses their small muscles of their body when practicing their fine motor skills that enable them to Continue Reading
The Benefits of Cursive - In today's age of iPhones and tablets, you may wonder why your child even needs to learn cursive handwriting. Chances are most people will simply be dictating and typing in the future, right? Although electronic devices are making the writing process much easier and more convenient, evidence shows that using a pen and paper offers a number of benefits that typing doesn't. In Continue Reading
Fidget Spinners? Good or Gimmick? - Fidget spinners are small and made of metal or plastic. In the center, they have a bearing and have a few prongs that spin around it. The intent of the gadget is to provide mindless play while sitting in class. Although they have been around for some time now, they are just recently growing in popularity. However, they are also Continue Reading
Why Does My Child Fidget? - You may recognize fidgeting when your child makes small movements with their body, generally their feet and hands. Their teachers may tell you that they often tap their pencils or wiggle around in their chair in the classroom. It’s something that most children do. It's often linked with not paying attention. It often reflects restlessness and discomfort. Studies have even Continue Reading
Elements of a Sensory Gym - Being a parent brings you lots of joy. However, if your child is struggling with a sensory processing disorder (SPD), there is a whole range of other challenges you may be facing. Everyday environments often don't accommodate children with SPD. For instance, if you have a child whose over-sensitive, they may find things like physical touch, light, and food to Continue Reading
What are the Signs of Sensory Overload in Children? - Parents who have children with behavioral and learning disorders will likely tell you their children also struggle with sensory overload problems. Sensory overload, or also referred to as sensory overstimulation, is when an environment's sensory experiences are too overwhelming for a child's nervous system to process it successfully or make any meaning out of the sensory experience. Children showing signs Continue Reading
What are the Signs My Child is Having Handwriting Difficulties? - Handwriting can be a very difficult skill that many children find hard to master. Handwriting difficulties in children can cause distress and frustration and can even affect your child's willingness to write. It might even cause you anxiety. There are a number of difficulties children can struggle with and you and your pediatric occupational therapist have to take your child’s Continue Reading
What are the Factors that Influence Handwriting? - Shortly after your child learns how to grasp a pencil or other writing tool, they begin scribbling on paper. As your child matures, this "scribbling" begins forming into handwriting. There are a number of factors that can influence handwriting and even cause handwriting problems in children. Let's take a look. Visual-Perceptual Skills Deficits If your child has a visual-perceptual deficit, Continue Reading