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 issues with oral motor skills, feeding, or speech? If your child is currently enrolled in feeding therapy, occupational therapy, or speech therapy, the Z-Vibes tool might be incredibly helpful to incorporate. So, what exactly is a Z-Vibes? The Z-Vibes is a therapeutic tool developed by ARK Therapeutic Services, Inc. for children who experience issues 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 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 …