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 …