Therapy at Home with your Children

There are many great ways to incorporate therapy into your daily routine at home to reinforce what your child is working on in therapy every week. Below are a few ideas:   Communication – As silly as it may sound, narrate your child’s day. For example, “let’s put on your shoes,” “We’re buttoning your buttons,” … Continue reading “Therapy at Home with your Children”

Typical Gross Motor Development: 1 – 7 Years

Have you ever wondered if your child is “on track” for hitting developmental milestones such as running, jumping, and skipping? Although every child is different, there is a general timeline for typical development across childhood. This is Part 2 to a previous blog post about typical gross motor development in infancy. Expected Skills and Activities: … Continue reading “Typical Gross Motor Development: 1 – 7 Years”

Teaching Social Skills in Daily Activities

Despite parents wanting their children to participate in social/pragmatic activities and groups, these same social skills are being forgotten in todays’ society. How to be kind and helpful to others, affiable and/or nice, and most of all effective communicators is being lost.  Unfortunately this trend is also surfacing in our dearest, loveliest, special little ones. … Continue reading “Teaching Social Skills in Daily Activities”

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?”

A Sensory Craft for Spring Time

Spring time is finally here!  Here is a fun, sensory-filled craft to help welcome the season! We are going to make an adorable coffee-filter flower that will work on fine motor skills and visual perceptual skills, with a great tactile component.  These flowers are great to display and also make a great hand-made Mother’s Day … Continue reading “A Sensory Craft for Spring Time”

An Occupational Therapist Speaks

Is your child having difficulty with interacting with people or things in their environment? Although this may not seem like a big issue, it may inhibit your child’s ability to perform common age appropriate tasks. Imagine going to the movie theater and the surround sound is too much to bear. Imagine sitting in a classroom … Continue reading “An Occupational Therapist Speaks”

Physical Therapy Perspective

A child’s number one job is to play. Their ability to play with peers requires motor development, strength, balance, coordination, and endurance. Pediatric physical therapists at Children’s Therapy Works develop games and activities for children to encourage play and that work on each individual child’s needs. Climbing ladders to be ‘King of the World’ on … Continue reading “Physical Therapy Perspective”