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
5 Finger Activities to Improve Handwriting - Finger and hand strength is essential and needed for children to perform daily activities, like climbing monkey bars, zipping or buttoning up their clothes, or cutting up their food. It's also needed for endurance so that he or she can perform activities like handwriting. Your child's pencil grasp can be influenced by a number of factors. Things like neuro-muscular disorders Continue Reading
4 Wrist Activities to Improve Handwriting - When your child starts learning handwriting, fine motor skills are very important. Your child needs to have good posture and physical stability, strong hands, fingers and wrists, and a good pencil grasp. Before your child starts working on pre-handwriting patterns and letter formation, it's a great idea to help him focus his brain and body in a relaxed and fun Continue Reading
The Underactive Child - Are you concerned your child may have sensory integration dysfunction (sensory processing disorder)? This is where she is unable to process the transmitted information from her senses accurately. Although children can have either overactive or underactive sensory systems with this disorder, many are under sensitive to particular stimuli, which causes them to look for intense sensory experiences. To maintain an Continue Reading