Development

5 Easy and Fun Summer Activities

THAT KEEP OR GET YOUR KIDDO READY FOR SCHOOL!! 1. Get Dressed Allow your child to be as independent as possible when getting dressed and undressed. Even if it take a few more minutes, the feeling of success tying shoes, zipping a coat or pulling on a shirt can have long lasting impact! On that first…


Gross Motor Skills

Step It Up: 5 Ways to Use a Step Stool

1. Step and Jump – Have your child step up and then jump off!   2. Sit – They can sit and read a book, have a snack or watch a show. This is great to work on posture.    3. Table – Sit on the floor and slide their legs under and the step stool…


Gross Motor Skills

The Perfect Playground Experience!

Here are the top 5 tips for having the most fun-filled playground experience with your kiddos! 1. NATURE, A HILL, and SENSORY EXPERIENCES Look around for sand, water, textured paths. If your park is not near nature, look for a nice tree or a grassy area. Find a hill or incline and run, walk, jump,…


Education

What Is Pediatric Occupational Therapy?

What Is Pediatric Occupational Therapy? Pediatric occupational therapists or OTs get to work and play with children, while collaborating with families, caregivers, and educators to promote occupation or meaningful activities that support the health, well-being, and development of a child. By identifying and meeting the needs of children, organizing and adapting the environment to support…


Self Care

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! Here are 8 tips to take care of yourself today and everyday! 1. Practice self care intervals 15 minutes twice a day – Take a break! Meditate, breathe, grab a tea or coffee or walk around the block. 2. Ask for help – You do not have to be superwoman and do…


Development

The Importance of Handwriting

Handwriting is important as the finger movements activate large regions of the brain involved in thinking, memory, and language. The act of physically gripping a pen or pencil and practicing the swirls, curls and connections of cursive handwriting activates parts of the brain that lead increase language fluency. Writing is, by nature, an opportunity for…


Development

Stimulate Your Child’s Vestibular Input

You Spin Me Right Round Baby, Right Round! UP-DOWN-ANGULAR-CIRCULAR-FAST-SLOW Sensory Processing can be complex to explain. Vestibular input is just a fancy term to describe your movement sense.  This system effects a vision, gravity, balance, orientation in space, posture and muscle tone. The vestibular system has 3 canals:Horizontal – detects rotations around vertical axis like…


I’m very, very grateful for Jill and don’t know where we would be today without her.

— Carrie D, Denver, Mom of Eve (age 4)