Early Childhood Self-Care Milestones

What is Self-Care? Self-care involves all of the basic activities children do to care for themselves, such as feeding, dressing, bathing, and toileting. Sleep is also included in this category, because it is important for a child’s well-being and functioning. Why Is Self-Care Important For My Child? Self-care skills are important, because they promote independence! As your child develops self-care …

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 …