Messy play is a way to provide tactile input to the nervous system. Some children crave this type of input, especially when it is wet tactile input (i.e. shaving cream, foam, pudding, mud). Our groups had a wonderful type exploring wet tactile input during this ocean messy play activity! To recreate this activity, you willContinue reading “Ocean Messy Play”
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What is an IADL?
Occupational therapists often use the term IADl, but what does that mean? IADL stands for instrumental activity of daily living. These are activities that we often do throughout our daily lives, that can take more complex planning or executive functions. These are activities beyond self-care, and may require interaction within the home or community. SomeContinue reading “What is an IADL?”
What is an ADL?
Occupational therapists often use the term ADL, but what does it mean? ADL stands for activity of daily living. These activities refer to self-care activities. These are things that a person needs to do in their daily life, vital to survival and function in our world. Some examples of ADL’s include: Pediatric occupational therapists canContinue reading “What is an ADL?”
Holiday Gift Guide 2022
My Favorite Ways to Play: Happy Holidays All!
Fall Apple Cookies
Fall brings along one of my favorite activities – apple picking! What better way to enjoy the season than with a delicious apple snack! Our groups gave this a go, as well as our kids working on expanding their diet through feeding therapy. To start, pick out your favorite apple variety. It can be funContinue reading “Fall Apple Cookies”
Like many other allied health-professionals, I was taught to use functioning labels to describe a client. You may be familiar with these labels, such as “high-functioning” or “low-functioning”. Over the past few months, I have listened to those with lived experience, as they are the experts! The overall consensus is that functioning labels are outdated,Continue reading “Functioning Labels”
When a family comes to me and says they are experiencing mealtime difficulties, one of the first things I do is ask them to send me a photo of where the child is sitting for meals. While positioning is just a small piece to the puzzle of feeding, it is a great place to start!Continue reading “Mealtime Positioning”
Group Therapy: Update
Our group therapy sessions are the best way to help your child develop their preferred social communication, while further building on their individual therapy goals. The friendship building that happens in group is natural, and problem-solving is gently guided by the therapists. Our group therapy sessions include both occupational therapy (OT) services and speech-language pathologyContinue reading “Group Therapy: Update”
Spring Dirt Cups
Our groups decided to ring in spring by making dirt cups! Dirt cups are so tasty, but making them also helps to work on fine motor skills, self-care skills, and directive following. Check out the recipe below to make delicious dirt cups at home! Ingredients: Chocolate pudding cup Cool whip Oreo cookies Gummy worms MediumContinue reading “Spring Dirt Cups”
Calm Down Corner
Having a small space set up for your child to self-regulate in can take some of the guesswork out of self-regulation at home. Whether its called a “calm down corner” or a “quiet corner” – the goal is all the same. We want your child to feel comfortable and safe when they feel escalated orContinue reading “Calm Down Corner”