Learning to tie shoes can be an exciting milestone for a child; however, teaching your child to tie their shoes can feel very daunting! Here are some tips to make it a littler easier and much less stressful. Tips for making shoe tying a little easier Take your child’s lead to determine if they are […]
About Lauren Vanderlist
Lauren Vanderlist, M.S., OTR/L is a licensed occupational therapist. She graduated from Alma College in Alma, MI with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Health Science. She then completed her graduate work at Washington University in St. Louis, MO where she received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. As part of her graduate work she completed fieldwork experiences in various settings. Two longer-term fieldwork experiences were completed with Easter Seals of Michigan and another with Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Both of these provided her with invaluable first-hand experience working with the pediatric population. Lauren loves developing creative, engaging and fun treatment activities in order to help children reach their fullest potential.
It’s Not Just About Reading Reading is an important and fun activity to experience with your child. There are so many benefits to the time spent reading to your child, listening to them read to you, and talking about the story afterwards. Listed below are some of the things that you can do to make […]
Many summer time activities have a hidden benefit…they help to develop your child’s fine motor skills! Here are few of the fun things that you can do this summer to increase hand and finger strength, fine motor coordination and dexterity. Make Outdoor Art Play with sidewalk chalk! Sidewalk chalk comes in a variety of shapes […]
Playing is a child’s primary job, and a beneficial one at that. Through play, children develop fine and gross motor skills, practice language and develop new vocabulary, and begin to understand new learning concepts. Below is a sample of all that is involved and developing when your child plays with dolls. Cognition Develops imaginative […]
Are school mornings hectic and stressful? Do the evenings fly by in a blur? Whether they’re in kindergarten or fifth grade, helping your children stay organized will help to get you out the door in the morning and leave more time for family fun at home in the evening. Here are a few organizational strategies […]
Summertime travel can be a fun and exciting experience for you and your family. Follow these tips to make the most of your vacation by keeping your children occupied and happy: Before you go, prepare your child for what they can expect by making a simple schedule of events throughout the trip. Include layovers in […]