Mastering Gross Motor Skills in Early Childhood

Motor skills involve the coordination between muscles and the nervous system to create movement. Motor skills are essential in completing everyday tasks and routines. Strengthening gross motor skills is important as they are the building blocks for the development of fine motor skills. What are Gross Motor Skills? Gross motor skills use the larger muscle groups in the arms, core, …

Strategies for Tackling Grooming Tasks in Children with Sensory Processing Challenges

It can be challenging for children with difficulties in sensory processing to tolerate routine grooming tasks, such as hair cutting, bathing, nail trimming, and tooth brushing. This may be caused by tactile hypersensitivity (i.e., aversions to messy/wet textures), auditory over-responsiveness (e.g., aversion to sound of bath water running), and more. Below are strategies developed by occupational therapists that can be …

Signs Your Student Might Benefit from Occupational Therapy

As a teacher, you have an important role in recognizing your students’ strengths along with their areas of need. You want your students to be successful and to continue to make progress each day. As a teacher, you have a pivotal role in identifying students that may benefit from occupational therapy. But do you know the signs? Below are some …

Fine Motor Activities To Do At Home, Recommended by an OT

Like everything else, to be proficient at a skill, you need practice. To improve your child’s fine motor skills, the best thing we suggest to do is to practice! These wide variety of ideas range from fun with playdoh to pop beads you can find at the dollar store. The ideas below are fun and a great way to practice …

Upper Extremity Strength in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Many children with Cerebral Palsy can benefit from pediatric occupational therapy. This is a condition that most people have heard of, but not everyone is familiar with what “Cerebral Palsy” actually means. To provide a comprehensive definition from www.cerebralpalsy.org: “While Cerebral Palsy … is a blanket term commonly referred to as ‘CP’ and described by loss or impairment of motor …

What is a Sensory Diet in Pediatric Occupational Therapy?

If you have a little one with sensory issues, you know that exposing them to different environments can be challenging and uncomfortable. If a child experiences sensory issues they may be highly sensitive to sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures (all of the above, or just a few). They may also have an atypically low sensitivity to sensory information. In …

What are Z-Vibes in Pediatric Occupational Therapy?

Does your child experience difficulty with feeding or oral sensory processing? If your child currently receives feeding therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy, a Z-Vibe might be a tool that the therapist will incorporate. So, what exactly is a Z-Vibe? A Z-Vibe is a therapeutic vibratory tool developed by ARK Therapeutic Services, Inc. for children who experience difficulties with feeding, …

OT Strategies to Help Children Who Can’t Sit Still

Does your child seem more active than their same-aged peers or pursue movement? Does your child have a hard time sitting in their chair at school or during meal time? Is your child fidgety? If you answered yes to these questions, then read on to learn more about possible reasons why your child is having a hard time sitting still …

Low Muscle Tone in Children and How Occupational Therapy Can Help

What is low muscle tone? Low muscle tone, also known as hypotonia, is a symptom that affects a child’s muscles, joints, and movements. Symptoms are usually detected either at birth or during infancy. The anatomy behind low muscle tone is the length of the resting muscles. These muscles are longer than normal which causes an overlap of muscle fibers causing …

Checklist for Pediatric Feeding Concerns & How OT Can Help

When a child is eating dinner, sometimes they don’t necessarily like the food in front of them. The child will spit the food out, turn away, or not open their mouth. Most parents would just consider this child a picky eater. But is that actually the problem? Some kids are picky eaters, but others may have a feeding disorder. It …