Entries by Amanda Mathews

Top 5 ways to Prepare your Child with SPD for a Birthday Party

For many children, the best part of a birthday party is running around playing with lots of friends and family, eating birthday cake, popping balloons,  tearing apart wrapping paper, and wearing party hats! However, for children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), all of these events may be extremely overwhelming and hard to take in. Below […]

5 Heavy Work Activities For Your Child

Holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas can be overwhelming for adults and children alike, especially children with sensory processing  disorders (SPD). Holidays entail being around a lot of family and friends, eating lots of different foods, and oftentimes getting off of a “typical” daily routine. Here are some great heavy work activities to help your […]

Chicago Family-Friendly Destinations

Winter is right around the corner, and with the cooler weather keeping us indoors, parents are always looking for new destinations to take their children. Try some of these “hot spots” around Chicago to keep your child active and engaged during the snowy months ahead: 1. Little Beans Café: An indoor playground and café for […]

How to Use a BOSU for Exercise with Children

A Bosu, also known as a “blue moon” during Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, is a great piece of exercise equipment for adults and children alike. A Bosu helps to work on balance, trunk control, strength, endurance, motor planning and body awareness. A Bosu is flat on the bottom and round on the top; and it […]

10 Uses for an Exercise Ball with Children

I am sure many of you have either seen or used an exercise ball before, whether at your child’s therapy appointment or at your own session at the gym!Exercise balls are a simple and easy piece of “equipment” for you and your child to use at home in a variety of ways. Exercise balls help […]

How to Prepare a Child for a Visit to the Dentist

Going to the dentist, whether for the first time or the tenth time, can be an intimidating event for both children and their parents-especially children with sensory processing disorders. Children and parents usually have a lot of questions about what is going to happen at the appointment. Parents wonder: Will my child have a meltdown? Have […]

OT Skill Olympics | Fine and Gross Motor Skill Building Games

Children love games and competition, and parents love when their children are active and engaged with their siblings and friends. What better way to combine social skills, turn-taking, and fine and gross motor skills than with new creative activities? Below are a few new ideas to try incorporating with your family before the summer is […]

Got Chopsticks? A Great Tool For Improving Hand Skills

Chopsticks are a great utensil to use during mealtime and for a variety of creative games and activities. Chopsticks can help children to work on hand-dominance, pre-handwriting/handwriting skills, and improving their grasp in a fun and exciting manner. Games with chopsticks Relay race: Place a bucket at one end of the room and the objects […]