Chicago Occupational Therapy’s At Home Craft Skills

Many activities require fine and gross motor skills, visual-perceptual skills, social interaction, and other cognitive abilities. Any skill that is necessary to carry out an activity is considered an occupational skill; strengthening those skills may help your child live their lives more successfully and enjoyably. Occupational therapy is appropriate for children who have deficits in their daily living skills, for …

Transitioning from Bottle to Cup Drinking

While bottles are the safest method for infants, eventually children must make the transition to cup drinking. Coming of age for cup drinking correlates with lots of other life events for children, such as eating at the table, joining preschool, and so on. However, many children see the bottle as a comforting icon. The familiarity of the bottle can be …

Does My Child Needs Occupational Therapy?

Developmental Milestones Occupational therapists who work with children are extremely knowledgeable in the areas of child development, and can assist children who are not meeting these milestones through individualized, targeted therapy. For these children, a full evaluation will be necessary to determine if the child could benefit from this type of therapy. This evaluation will provide insight into your child’s …

What is Pediatric Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is a type of therapy that is often grouped with physical therapy and speech therapy in the rehabilitative process. But what is occupational therapy (OT), and why is it important? According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, occupational therapy is the process by which people of all ages improve their ability to participate in everyday activities (occupations). For …

How Families and Occupational Therapists Can Support Learning Through Play

Play is a critical part of a child’s development; a means to which children explore and understand the world around them. Through play, children are able to discover new environments, learn social skills, navigate interpersonal relationships, and develop their physical coordination. In fact, occupational therapists would say a child’s job is to play! Occupational therapists (OTs) who work with children …

Excessive Drooling in Toddlers: How Chicago Occupational Therapy Can Help

Drooling is a common occurrence in young children. Infants have less volitional control over their head and neck area in general, and drooling is a common side effect of that lack of control. Though often subsiding around a few months of age, drooling picks up again as babies start teething. Saliva contains enzymes that helps fight bacteria in the mouth, …

Teaching Your Child to Ride a Bike: Tips from Chicago Occupational Therapy

Learning to ride a bike is not only a rite of passage for children. Biking is their first taste of independent transportation, but also an important developmental skill. Successfully learning to ride a bike means that the child has a strong grasp on specific motor skills such as balancing, steering, and pumping the pedals and brakes. They also must be …

Four Benefits of In-Home Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists (OTs) do not approach treatment as a one-size-fits-all model. Pediatric OTs work in many different settings, such as preschools and elementary schools, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and in the home. While all settings can boast of certain benefits, there are several positives to in-home therapy that are unique and can rarely be found in another setting. Below are just …

What is a Sensory Processing Disorder?

As human beings, we are constantly surrounded by stimulation to our senses, whether it is our auditory system detecting a car horn, or our tactile sense telling us that our coffee is too hot to drink. Our sensory system is vital to our well-being and daily functioning in the word. So what happens if our senses aren’t working properly? “Sensory …