Fine Motor Fun! Work those fingers!

Do you need a few ideas for working on your child’s fine motor control? After all, fine motor control is what lets kids learn to write, draw, and button their clothes! There are many things you can find around the house or pick up for just a few dollars to work on these critical skills.

Roll A Dice Art – Easy OT Games

Roll a Dice art games are great for kids for a number of reasons. Read further to learn why both the mom side of me, and the occupational therapist, love this new game.

Teaching Cursive, Beyond Workbooks

To teach cursive, or not to teach cursive. That is the question. It’s one of the biggest debates in education today. I tend to be on the pro-cursive side of the discussion. Even in a world where we type everything, handwriting is important. So how do we make learning cursive easier and more fun?

OT at Home: Brownies

If your child has been getting occupational therapy, this social distancing thing has probably put a wrench in that plan. Some kids are able to do OT via video conferencing, but not all. So, I’m here to give you some ideas on how to work with your child at home.

Sensory Needs? Install a swing!

Are your kids missing all the playgrounds? Mine are! Our typical homeschool week tends to include visits to playgrounds. My kids particularly love swinging. But our current situation requires we find ways at home to fill that need.

Homeschooling With Dysgraphia, A Survivor’s Tale

Rae has dysgraphia and couldn’t write her name until she was 7. She did every single writing lesson “late.” She didn’t write an essay until she was 16. But she was able to get A’s on essays in college at 17. This is how homeschooling helped her get there.

Sensory Tips and Tricks

While a sensory diet is essential for kids with Sensory Processing Disorder (or SPD), it is actually helpful for everyone. Helping your child get a variety of sensory inputs each day, can make them stronger, more alert, and happier. But, where should you start?

Give them Scissors!

Scissors teach wonderful skills, build the brain and body connection, and prepare kids for real-life problems. Too many parents have told me they were afraid to give their child scissors. Kids need those skills and too many today lack good fine motor skills.

Why OT’s Tell You to Learn Capital Letters First

There are many different approaches to teaching children to write. Most teach lowercase letters in conjunction with the uppercase letters. But this approach is flawed. Teaching children to write with capital letters first is the better strategy.