My Favorite Toys — Board Games for Problem Solving and Strategy

From an OT point of view, board and card games are the best. Games promote fine motor skills, visual perceptual skills, planning, social skills, and problem-solving. However, as a mom, some games just aren’t fun for a wide range of ages. Here are my winners–games that work for kids (and adults) of all ages.

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Failure and the Non-typical child

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of articles about letting your children fail. Let them forget their homework on the table. Let them loose things. Miss deadlines or not have lunch. Don’t stop them from failing. I really hate those articles.

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My Favorite Toys — Fidget Toys for Focus and Hand Strength

As an OT, I love the new interest in fidget toys. Many of them promote hand strength, increase a child’s ability to focus for longer and can even help you deal with stress. However, not all fidget toys work for everyone and some work better than others. Here is a list of some of my favorites and why.

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8 Tips for Homeschooling When Your Child Has Autism

Autism, or ASD, is a condition where your brain works differently. Each person with autism has a unique experience with it. However, I hope that I can offer some good ideas to make your homeschool days go better. Without further ado, my 8 tips for homeschooling when your child has Autism.

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My Favorite Toys — Rock Crayons for Developing Good Pencil Grip

As an occupational therapist, I cringe when I see a child being encouraged to learn to write before they have developed a proper pencil grip. Your child needs to work on developing a grasp that uses the tips of their fingers. Rock Crayons are a great way of helping your young child build the muscle strength needed for a proper pencil grip. And they are fun!

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The Educational Philosophy Behind Five Senses Literature Lessons

If you’ve been around homeschooling any length of time, you’ve seen and heard about many different styles and philosophies. Perhaps you are wondering what is the educational philosophy of  Five Senses Literature Lessons? How does it fit together with what you know about other homeschool programs and their philosophy of education? At Five Senses Literature… Read More