In-hand manipulation skills are important for many everyday tasks, such as eating, writing, dressing, playing, and drawing. With all the busy schedules these days, it is often hard to find time to practice such skills enough. Here are ten ways to encourage development of in-hand manipulation through tasks and activities that you and your children already do! When […]
About Lauren Weichman
Lauren Weichman is an Occupational Therapist and a former Special Education teacher. She has always had passion for working with kids to reach their full potential in leading successful and happy childhoods. She attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana to earn her Bachelors degree in Special Education, with a focus on mild disabilities. Upon graduation she became a certified learning behavior specialist in Illinois and taught special education in the Chicagoland area for 3 years. Her classroom consisted of children with a variety of diagnoses, including learning disabilities, behavior disabilities, Autism, ADHD and others. Lauren made the decision to pursue the field of occupational therapy in order to work with children in achieving goals in all areas of their lives. She attended Rush University in Chicago, Illinois to earn her Masters degree in occupational therapy. While a student, she completed a twelve-week internship at North Shore Pediatric Therapy (NSPT). During this time she worked with the NSPT therapists and staff to learn first hand of the fundamentals of pediatric occupational therapy. Lauren is also a participant in the Best Buddies Illinois and is an active member of their Associate Board.
In-hand Manipulation refers to the ability to move and position one or more objects within one hand without using the other hand to assist. Below, are explanations of the terminology often used for In-Hand Manipulation Skills. In-Hand Manipulation Examples: Translation: Refers to the linear movement of the object or objects from the palm to the fingers or […]
What is a Co-treatment: Sessions conducted with 2 or more therapists from different disciplines (OT, SLP, PT, etc.) to maximize therapeutic collaboration. Co-treatments are utilized when two disciplines share complimentary or similar goals. What are the benefits of co-treatments: Cohesive treatment sessions and expectations across disciplines: Therapists work together to create treatment plans that include […]
Getting dressed and ready for the day can become a big challenge for those children who do not like the feeling of their clothes (e.g. tags, seams, twisting). Try these strategies to make the process go smoother, quicker and less threatening for your child. 7 Strategies To Help A Child With Sensory Sensitivities Get Dressed: […]
Do Winter Blues have your Child down? Are they tired of being trapped in doors to escape the cold outside? Do they miss playing outside as they did in the days of summer? Good news! Below are ideas of how to beat the winter blues by engaging in heavy work activities in the snow! Heavy […]
Staying in a hotel does not leave a lot of room to play which may leave a child bursting with energy! Here are some tips to provide an outlet for kids to have fun during hotel downtime while also improving their gross motor strength, coordination and to help with self-regulation. 11 Hotel Activities Concentrating on […]