Sensory Movement Exercises for Attention

Gearing up for school, many parents may be concerned with their child’s attention while in school, doing homework, or when participating in listening activities like conversations or reading. Ineffective executive functioning skills, learning disabilities, distractibility, an overload of visual or auditory stimuli, poor working memory, poor core body strength, and even temperament can contribute to … Continue reading “Sensory Movement Exercises for Attention”

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”

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”

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”

The Laser Tag Game: Occupational Therapy

Steps: Place tape crossing through a hallway or small, confined area. Set it up to look like an obstacle course and/or laser lights. Find purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, white pom pom balls of different sizes and put them on the floor throughout the obstacle course. Place some pom pom balls on the actual … Continue reading “The Laser Tag Game: Occupational Therapy”