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 …

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 …

Tips for Helping Children with Sensory Issues Sleep Better

Sleep is a critical and important activity for a child. If a child isn’t getting enough sleep, they will likely be inattentive, disorganized, and dysregulated. For children with sensory processing difficulties, sleeping can be a struggle for both the child and their parents. Children with Sensory Processing Disorder have difficulty processing, organizing, and responding to sensory input resulting in atypical …