Entries by Amanda Mathews

How To Create A Sensory Bin With Your Child

A sensory bin is almost always a huge hit during therapy sessions. A sensory bin is oftentimes filled with rice, beans, or sand, along with cups to pour and dig with, and small objects to locate (e.g., plastic animals, puzzle pieces, coins). Other tactile media could also be used in the sensory bin (e.g., cotton […]

Strategies to Promote Increased Trunk Control at Home and at School

As discussed in my previous blog, our trunk muscles (“core”) greatly influence how we move through our environment and how we engage in gross motor and fine motor activities throughout the day.  Below are a few simple ways to include trunk strengthening into your child’s daily routine. Trunk Control Activities For Your Child: Make sure […]

How does decreased trunk control affect my child’s schoolwork?

Our trunk muscles (“core”) greatly influence how we move through our environment and how we engage in gross motor and fine motor activities throughout the day. Trunk muscles affect our ability to sit and stand, to carry a backpack or briefcase, to carry books and materials throughout the day, and the ability to participate in […]

5 Ways to Work on Endurance for Handwriting

Handwriting involves many components, such as visual motor skills, fine motor skills, bilateral skills (stabilizing the paper and manipulating a pencil),  hand strength, grasping, and executive functioning (planning, preparing, organizing). Oftentimes, a child will greatly improve the sizing, spacing, and legibility of his handwriting, but will still have trouble getting his thoughts onto paper. This […]

How Long Will My Child Have To Be In Therapy

One of the most popular questions we hear as pediatric therapists is “how long will treatment take for my child”? Parents like to be able to visualize a plan of action and know that there is an end in sight. Parents want to make sure that their child is not only keeping up with same-aged […]

The Developmental Benefits of Practicing Ball Skills with your Child

Ball skills are oftentimes overlooked as an activity only for boys, or only for athletic children. However, ball skills are an important activity for children of all interests and abilities to practice consistently. Ball skills not only prepare children for gym class at school and extracurricular activities, but they help to address bilateral skills, hand-eye […]

How To Teach Your Preschooler To Cut With Scissors

Snip snip snip! Cutting is a skill that may take a good amount of time for a child to perfect. Cutting requires many components including: fine motor precision, bilateral skills, visual motor skills, grasping, problem solving, and attention to detail. Cutting can also be intimidating for parents to teach, as safety can be a definite […]

Take the Battle out of Brushing | 5 Strategies to More Successful Tooth Brushing!

Is tooth-brushing ever a battle in your household? Have you bought every sort of toothbrush and toothpaste out there, and nothing seems to help the process go smoother? Some children may have sensory aversions to brushing their teeth (e.g. scratchy bristles and gritty toothpaste), while some children may have behavioral aversions to brushing their teeth […]

What is Proprioception and Why is it Important?

What: Proprioception is the concept of knowing where your body is in space (body awareness) and the ability to safely maneuver around your environment. It also includes the use of heavy work activities and the ability to stimulate the joint receptors. Why: Proprioceptive input is important for a child’s development because it helps them to […]

What is the vestibular sense and why is it important?

What is the Vestibular Sense: The vestibular sense responds to a change in your head position or having your feet lifted off of the ground. It also contributes to balance and equilibrium. Why is the Vestibular Sense Important: Vestibular input is important for children’s development because it helps them maintain balance and trunk control and […]