Tactile Sensory Play Ideas: Making Sensory Bins

As an occupational therapist I do a lot of sensory-based tactile play at my work, because it has many benefits for the development of children of all ages (builds motor, visual, sensory, and cognitive skills).  At home, I try to allow my children opportunities to engage in sensory play to allow them to develop their sensory processing skills and build creative, flexible, and higher-level...
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An OT’s Gift Buying Guide

It is time for me to update my gift-buying guide!  I’ve added some new brands to consider, local toy stores, and links to other posts with lots of gift ideas. It is the season where a lot of people spend a lot of time and money on gifts for children.  In my job as a pediatric occupational therapists, I get a lot of questions about “good” presents for children.  There isn’t a perfect gift...
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What an OT is Thinking When a Parent Says, “My child has terrible handwriting- Help!”

As an occupational therapist, I am trained to analyze a task carefully to see what is working and what is not.  We are often asked to help with children’s handwriting, especially when parents get the report from the teacher that their child’s handwriting skills have fallen behind the school’s expectations. I have created a chart that outlines the basics of my thought process...
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Impulse Control: Home Activities and Games

One of key parts of self-regulation, emotional regulation, attention, and executive function skills is the development of impulse control. Want an easy to use handout of these ideas?  Visit Teachers Pay Teachers Site for my handouts What is impulse control?   These are a few of the definitions I found online: “The degree to which a person can control the desire for immediate...
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Tactile Sensory Play Ideas: Meal Time

As an occupational therapist I do a lot of sensory-based tactile play at my work, because it has many benefits for the development of children of all ages (builds motor, visual, sensory, and cognitive skills).  At home, I try to allow my children opportunities to engage in sensory play to allow them to develop their sensory processing skills and build creative, flexible, and higher-level...
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Tactile Sensory Play Ideas: Ideas for Babies

As an occupational therapist I do a lot of sensory-based tactile play at my work, because it has many benefits for the development of children of all ages (builds motor, visual, sensory, and cognitive skills).  At home, I try to allow my children opportunities to engage in sensory play to allow them to develop their sensory processing skills and build creative, flexible, and higher-level...
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