The Importance of Reading With Your Child

Reading can be an enjoyable and relaxing activity!  However, it is also an activity that teaches. There are numerous benefits to reading with your child.  When your child is young, your child is subconsciously absorbing information that: Reinforces basic sounds that form language Teaches enunciation skills Helps with learning word and sentence structure Assists with … Continue reading “The Importance of Reading With Your Child”

Teaching Kids Colors

Teaching Kids Colors Learning colors is an important developmental milestone that children are expected to know going into elementary school. Colors are often one of childrens’ first discriptor words. Children can begin to show color knowledge as young as 2 years old. As a therapist, I find that color knowledge is something often missed as … Continue reading “Teaching Kids Colors”

Q&A with our Physical Therapist – Playing with a Purpose

Q: What’s the difference between Pediatric Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy? A: In a nut shell, Physical Therapy works on gross motor skills (how are you going to get from point a to point b), while Occupational Therapy works on fine motor skills (what are you going to do when you get there). Just know, … Continue reading “Q&A with our Physical Therapist – Playing with a Purpose”

Activities for Tactile Sensitivities

There are several activities you can try at home for your child with tactile sensitivities. When engaging your child in these activities, it is important to start off slow and NEVER force your child to participate. It’s also important to note that any child’s sensory system will benefit from these activities, whether defensive or not. … Continue reading “Activities for Tactile Sensitivities”

Easy Ways to Incorporate Sensory/Therapy Fun into Your Summer

From dance recitals to football practice then homework, incorporating recommendations your child’s therapist may suggest can be hard to add to your already hectic day to day routine. Now that the school year has come to an end, it is a lot easier to work these things into your summer schedule. You will find that … Continue reading “Easy Ways to Incorporate Sensory/Therapy Fun into Your Summer”

Make Snack Time Learning Time

Make Snack Time Learning Time Snack time is an activity that happens most days for most families, so it’s a great time to work on language and feeding skills. One thing I learned from working in summer camps, is that kids love activities involving food. Even children who don’t like certain food, are more willing … Continue reading “Make Snack Time Learning Time”

Toe walking

Toe walking – muscular or sensory? Toe walking can be caused by a muscular tightness, sensory modulation difficulties, or simply a preference to walk on toes (idiopathic toe walking). If you attempt to stretch gastrocnemius and soleus muscles (calf muscles) and can’t get the ankle to a neutral position, it is most likely muscular tightness. … Continue reading “Toe walking”

Backpack Backpack

  Did you know, according to the U.S. consumer product safety commission, in 2013 nearly 22,000, sprains, strains, dislocations, and fractures from backpacks were treated in hospital emergency rooms, physicians’ offices and clinics. Backpacks are great for carrying lots of things, but there are also adverse effects when worn improperly or when they are to … Continue reading “Backpack Backpack”

Do you obstacle?

Tough Mudders and Spartan races are popping up everywhere. And while small children may not be able to participate in those activities, you can create your own version! Obstacle courses can work on strengthening, balance, bilateral coordination, and motor planning. And the best part about it is that you can simply rearrange the obstacles and … Continue reading “Do you obstacle?”