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. Children can present with difficulty in any of the seven sensory areas. See the Chicago Occupational Therapy blog post “What is Sensory Processing?” for more information about the different sensory areas and processing skills. Tactile defensiveness is one type of sensory response that can be directly treated in …

Five OT Tips for Helping Kids Who Hate Haircuts

It can be challenging for children with difficulties in sensory processing to tolerate routine grooming tasks, such as haircuts. 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. See the Chicago Occupational Therapy blog post “What is Sensory Processing?” for more information about …

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 …

What is Low Arousal and Sensory Modulation?

What is Sensory Modulation? Sensory modulation refers to a person’s ability to create an appropriately graded response to incoming sensory stimuli (Parham & Mailloux, 2015).  For example, raising the volume of your voice in a noisy environment so people can better hear you, shading your eyes from the bright sun, or walking slowly into a lake, rather than jumping in, …

What Are Joint Compressions, and How Do Pediatric Occupational Therapists Use Them?

If you are new to the field of pediatric occupational therapy, “joint compressions” may be a new term, but this therapeutic strategy can be extremely helpful when used safely and appropriately. Joint compressions provide proprioceptive input that helps children know where their body is in their environment. What are joint compressions? Deep pressure applied by the hands to various joints …

What is Sensory Processing Disorder? An Illustrated Guide by Chicago Occupational Therapy!

The newest book in our series of illustrated guides for parents is out! What is Sensory Processing Disorder? An Illustrated Guide, helps both parents and children understand what sensory processing disorder is, how occupational therapy can help, and what to expect from therapy. This fun, child-friendly guide includes a breakdown of sensory processing disorder and the differences between sensory-avoiding and sensory-seeking. …