If this describes your child, then it’s important to contact your pediatrician to rule out any food allergies, swallowing dysfunction, or other medical conditions, as these can lead to gagging or vomiting and need to be addressed. If you know that your child is not experiencing any of these challenges, then it’s likely your child […]
About Deanna Ligas
Deanna Ligas, M.S., OTR/L, is a licensed Occupational Therapist. She graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology. Deanna then went on to study at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, and is continuing to work towards her Occupational Therapy Doctorate. Deanna has Occupational Therapy experience in family and adult transitional housing programs, outpatient pediatrics, and inpatient rehabilitation. She also has experience leading a variety of children’s groups in both professional and volunteer capacities, including facilitating a childcare group at a Chicagoland domestic violence agency. Deanna loves working with children and is passionate about supporting them, and their families, in working toward their goals and reaching their maximum potential.
Your child is constantly growing, learning, and developing motor skills that she will use later in life. One of these important motor skills is her pencil grasp. By the time your child is three and half, she should have developed the skills necessary to hold her pencil with her thumb and the pad of her […]
During the summer, it is important to keep working out your little one’s fingers. There are plenty of items around your house that you can use to exercise your child’s fine motor muscles. Below are 5 items that you may have laying around that can be re-purposed into a “digital” gym. 5 items to re-purpose […]
Your child’s handwriting skills will affect his performance in school, beginning as early as preschool. How your child holds his pencil, sits in his chair, and attends to the task of handwriting can affect your child’s ability to feel successful in completing a handwriting task. 4 ways you can promote your child’s handwriting skills before […]
All children may benefit from exercising their fine motor muscles. Fine motor skills (coordination, grasping, precision) as well as fine motor strength and endurance are strongly associated with handwriting legibility, endurance and speed. Additional skills, such as bilateral coordination, visual-motor integration (eye-hand coordination) and manual dexterity (manipulation speed) contribute to producing legible writing as well. […]