Entries by Lauren Weichman

Multi-Sensory Activities to Practice Pre-Writing Shapes

Mastery of the pre-writing shapes is an essential part of a child’s development towards efficient handwriting. Pre-writing shapes include the following (in order of development): Pre-writing shape Approximate age of development Horizontal lines 2 years Vertical lines 2.5 years Circle 3 years Cross 3.5-4 years Square 4 years Diagonal line 4.5 years Triangle 5 years […]

Creative Ways to Teach the Meaning of Independence Day to Children

Teach your children the meaning behind Independence Day and instill pride to be an American through these fun red, white and blue activities. Through creating these crafts, you can talk with your child about Independence Day and why it is such an important holiday. Meaningful Independence Day Crafts: Trace Pictures of Famous Americans: Find pictures […]

Activities to Promote Eye Tracking

Visual tracking is defined as efficiently moving the eyes from left to right or focusing on an object as it moves across a person’s visual field. This skill is important for almost all daily activities, including reading, writing, drawing, and playing.  This skill typically emerges around the age of five.  Once your child begins to […]

Benefits of a Slant Board

There are many reasons to invest in a slant board for your child, including benefits in handwriting.  A slant board typically consists of a flat surface positioned at an angle with clips or anchors to hold materials (such as paper and books) in place.  They come in a variety of sizes and angles, and some […]

Common Household Materials for Tactile Exploration and Learning

At times, the best source of entertainment can be found in the simplest materials! Use these readily available household items for a rich tactile sensory and learning experience right at home. Common Household Materials for Tactile Exploration and Learning: Beans or Rice tubs- Find buried treasures hidden within! Fill a small container that can be […]

Why does my Therapist want to observe my Child at School?

There are many benefits for therapists that are permitted to observe their clients in the classroom. These observations, when appropriate, are beneficial not only to the therapist, but to the teacher, family and child as well. These observations provide the therapist with additional insight into your child’s school day, as well as promote collaboration with […]

Top 10 Sensory Tools for the Classroom

Below is a list of the top 10 Sensory Tools that can help regulate a child in the Classroom: Weighted materials– These come in many forms, including belts, vests, blankets, animals and pads! These provide proprioceptive input without becoming distracting to the other students. Seat cushion– Seat cushions are generally filled with air and have […]

Dressing Skills: Developmental Steps for Kids

Dressing may seem like a simple task, but it is actually a task that requires multiple skill sets from children. Dressing requires skills  such as fine and gross motor coordination, body awareness, bilateral coordination, right/left discrimination, postural stability, and motor planning. As a parent, it can be difficult to know at what age a child should develop […]

7 Reasons to Attend NSPT’s New Bucktown Clinic Open house!

The Chicago Clinic has recently expanded to a new and improved space! We would like to celebrate and introduce ourselves by opening the doors to the community. We are so excited to share our new space with both our existing families and also hope to meet some new faces! It is hard to find fun […]