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 …

Visual Motor Skills in Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Why are Visual Motor Skills Important? While you might think of occupational therapy in the context of fine and gross motor development, therapists work on visual motor development, too! Visual motor skills are an important part of childhood development and are needed to complete almost any activity. Without visual motor skills, a child couldn’t catch a ball, complete a puzzle, …

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

Handwriting is an important skill that children need to perform well academically and also in everyday life. Handwriting can be a difficult task for many children as it involves various components such as fine/visual motor skills, hand strength, grasping skills, visual spatial skills, and attention. There are many ways to help increase all of these skills to improve a child’s …

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 …