What do you notice in the picture of two babies lying down? That they are two adorable boys?…Well of course!! They are my sons so I can’t help but agree. You may or may not also notice how both of their heads are tilted to the left. This is because they both had a condition called […]
About Rachel Trost
Rachel Trost, M.S., OTR/L is a licensed occupational therapist. She graduated for the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s of Science in Movement Science and then completed her Master’s in Science from University of Illinois in Chicago in Occupational Therapy. Rachel enjoys reading and participating in research, and has assisted in research on two grants from the National Institute of Health. Rachel is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and is dedicating to assisting children of all different abilities in reaching their highest potential.
Rachel is also mother to twin sons.
Setting Straight Therapy Myths If you, your pediatrician, your child’s teacher or someone else important in your child’s life just told you that your child would benefit from physical, occupational, or speech and language therapy services you are probably feeling a little overwhelmed and uncertain about what to expect. Some questions you may have about […]
Helping your child or student get organized can sometime feel like an uphill battle. For many children the problem isn’t that they won’t organize their bedroom, binder, desk, or backpack but truly that they can’t. For example, many children lack the ability to visualize what their desk is “supposed to” look like when it is […]
In the pediatric therapy world, a diagnosis of “low tone” or “hypotonia” is often given. But what exactly does this diagnosis mean? Muscle tone is the term for the resting length of muscles in the body ( i.e. before a contraction). With low muscle tone, the resting length of the muscles is greater than average […]
Pediatric therapy sessions typically involve a lot of play time! Why? Children learn about their world through play and imitation of adults, and play is much more motivating than sitting at a table completing worksheets. When a child plays with a car, here are a few of the skill areas that are targeted: Cognition while […]
Toddlers learn about their world by using their senses, manipulating objects and experimenting. Toddlerhood is marked by an explosion of development in all areas, including fine motor skills, or “hand skills”. One fun way to promote fine motor skills every day (and on Valentine’s Day in particular) is through crafts! Here is a short, craft-friendly […]
Establishing a routine with your infant can help provide structure and answers during a very overwhelming time. The straightforward “Eat, Play, Sleep” routine, for example, is appropriate for the first several months of a newborn’s life. After starting this routine, you will better understand what your infant is communicating (e.g. a long discontented cry while […]