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Why Can’t my Child Sit Still? Strategies for the Overly-Active Child

Does your child seem to be constantly on the move or just can’t seem to sit still? This is a common concern that parents have of their  children as they are worried that this behavior can affect their child’s ability to pay attention in school, play appropriately with other children and participate at mealtime and […]

Promoting Bilateral Coordination of the Hands

When people initially think of coordination, physical activities (such as running, skipping, and playing sports) are usually the first things that come to mind. In the therapy world, however, coordination can refer to several different things. In general, bilateral coordination is the ability to use both sides of your body together in order to perform […]

It’s More than Just “Being a Boy:” Signs your Child May Need Sensory Input for Self-Regulation

It is often, when I first meet with parents to discuss sensory processing and the sensory needs of their children, the parents will often respond with “Oh, he’s just being a boy.” It is a common belief that young boys who are very active and aggressive are just “being boys”; however, boys (or girls) who […]

Does Your Child Have Poor Body Awareness?

Body awareness relates to knowing where your body is in a defined space. It is also linked to our proprioceptive system (the input that we get from our joints and muscles). Children who have poor body awareness may have a difficult time in functioning at a certain age level due to the subsequent difficulty that […]

How Does Play Help Meet a Child’s Therapy Goals?

Occupational therapists often use play as a means of helping achieve our clients’ goals. Many times, it may not look like our sessions are working on your child’s areas of need; however, when we are working with children, we often try to adapt play activities in order to help your child meet his goals. Play is a […]

Signs That Your Child May Need Occupational Therapy

At school, you or your child’s teacher may be noticing difficulties in your child’s school performance. Although you may not be able to see your child work in the classroom, there are some things that you can look for outside of school that  suggest your child could benefit from occupational therapy services. Difficulty Focusing – […]

How Household Materials Can Be Used For Occupational Therapy Goals

In occupational therapy sessions, we often use common materials and games to make our sessions therapeutic and fun. Here are some ways that you can use materials and equipment that you may have lying around at home to help your children reach their occupational therapy goals: Board Games – Board games are a great way […]

10 Activities to Improve Balance

Balance is a great skill to help your child progress with their gross motor skills, leisure activities, and activities of daily living. The following activities are various ways you can work on improving static and dynamic balance for improved performance in activities such as sports, games, self-care, and many more! Stand with one foot on […]

The Benefits of Increasing Therapy Over the Summer

Summer is the time of the year when children engage in more free play and physical activity. Therefore, summer is the perfect time of the year to improve upon skills that children need in order to be active, successful, and independent children! Here are some of the best reasons to consider starting therapy or increasing […]

6 Tips To Convincing Your Child To Try New Foods Through Meal Prep

Many children are set on eating the same few foods, such as chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, and hot dogs. Most parents with children who eat the same few foods over and over again want their children to increase the variety of foods in their diet. The big question is how to introduce new foods […]