Visual Motor Control in Pediatric Occupational Therapy

While you might think of occupational therapy in the context of an adult patient, occupational therapy is often useful for pediatric patients. In pediatric occupational therapy, children will work on skills needed to complete everyday activities, such as motor skills. An occupational therapist (OT) may also work with a child to develop their visual motor control. What is Visual Motor …

Ways to Improve Bilateral Coordination in Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Bilateral coordination is our ability to use both sides of our bodies at the same time in a coordinated way. This means using our bodies to do the same thing on each side (e.g. rolling a rolling pin), bipedal movement (e.g. walking), or using different movements (e.g. using one hand to cut paper with scissors while the other holds the …

Chicago Occupational Therapy Recommends the Best Pediatric Therapy Apps

In our ever-changing world, technology has taken center stage. It is not unusual to see a kiddo using an iPad like a professional. There are so many useful resources for our avid iPad users. The occupational therapists at Chicago Occupational Therapy have compiled a list of apps that they have found to be most useful. These apps can aid in …

Tips from an OT on How to Improve Your Child’s Handwriting

Writing can be a difficult task for many of our young kiddos. It involves a lot of fine motor skills that most children have not acquired yet. Writing can be one of the most important things a child learns during school. Because of this, practice is key! The more children practice their writing, the more comfortable they will be with …

5 Types of Occupational Therapist-Approved Tactile Play

In pediatric occupational therapy, we often encounter children who experience sensory issues. This often presents in heightened sensitivity to sensory input, including sights, sounds, smells, textures (or touch), or tastes. If a child experiences a heightened sensitivity to textures and touch, then their tactile system is affected by their sensory issues. The touch receptors, which are located all over our …

Five OT Tips for Helping Kids Who Hate Haircuts

For young children who are on the autism spectrum or have sensory issues, haircuts can be nothing short of traumatic. No, not because they are afraid of coming out of the appointment with bad bangs or an uneven trim, but because of the sensory response it evokes. While haircuts may never be easy for your child, our hope is that …

5 Tips for Helping Children with Sensory Issues Sleep

For children with sensory issues, sleeping can be a routine struggle for both the children and their parents. If a child experiences sensory issues, this means that their brain has difficulty processing and organizing input from their senses. This may appear as either hypersensitivity (highly sensitive) or hyposensitivity (atypical lack of sensitivity) to sensory information. In children with hypersensitivity to sensory …

What is Low Arousal and How Can Occupational Therapy Help?

What is low arousal? Arousal refers to our state, consciousness, or awareness at any given moment. Children with low arousal usually under register proprioceptive, vestibular, and/or tactile input. These three sensory systems work together to help the nervous system regulate energy level and the ability to pay attention and respond appropriately to what is going on around us. Symptoms of …

How Joint Compressions are Used in Pediatric Occupational Therapy

If you are a newcomer to the field of pediatric occupational therapy, ‘joint compressions’ may be a new term, but this therapeutic strategy can be extremely helpful. If you are a parent of a child with sensory issues or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), you know that it can be difficult to help your child find effective strategies to self-soothe. In …

Tips on How Your Child Should Properly Wear a Backpack

With multiple backpacks to choose from in regards to appearance, it is important to make sure you try to purchase the perfect fit for your child and not necessarily the best looking backpack. Size and cushioning are essential and should be taken into consideration since it can cause muscle strains or excess shoulder and neck pressure if not addressed. With …