10 Ways to Practice Handwriting Without Your Child Knowing It!

Handwriting is not always the first activity that your child will ask to do when playing at home, but here are a few ways to make handwriting practice a little more fun for your kids. Remember to encourage proper letter formation, but any practice is beneficial!

10 Outdoor Activities That Promote Better Fine Motor Skills

  Sometimes the best learning tools are free! The outdoors provide a rich sensory environment where kids can learn coordination as well as fine and gross motor skills. With a little creativity, nature offers opportunities for exploration and development, especially with spring on the way.  Northeast Ohio has numerous parks, nature centers, and outdoor resources that are great for kids …

10 Signs Your Child May Need Occupational Therapy

Parent’s and teacher’s jobs can become very hectic when trying to help each child with their own specific challenges. An occupational therapist (OT) can be an excellent resource and adjunct to helping children overcome challenges and excel in their home and school environments. Here are a few tips to help a parent and teacher identify if a child could benefit …

Dollar Deals

Who doesn’t enjoy saving a buck or two….or one hundred? Here is how to take advantage of Target’s fabulous dollar section. The picture shown below is a collection of items I use for speech therapy, all purchased from the dollar section of Target for $19. These items are not made specifically for speech therapy, but when you shop with a …

Remedies for the Hibernation Blues

The cold weather finally hit Ohio! With these cold months comes the challenge of keeping children entertained. Here are some activities to keep the hibernation blues for all family members at bay.  1.   Time capsule – Create a time capsule of current memories and ideas to open at a later date.– Pick and decorate a mason jar, empty milk or pop bottle, …

Tips for Relaxation During the Holidays

This is a topic near and dear to my heart, and something that is far more easily said than done, particularly during this “most wonderful time of the year.”  Here are my top tips for surviving… and maybe even enjoying this holiday season. – Make sure you are getting a good night’s sleep and that your children are too! The …

Keeping it Real for the Holidays

It is important to me that I live my life by “keeping it real”…My social media world and immediate circle have known much in the past and continues to get updates regarding the madness that comes from rehabbing a kid who is developmentally delayed. There is a lot that goes into everything. But….ultimately….if you can’t find the comedy out of …

Toy for Children of All Abilities

While scouring websites looking for lists of recommended toys, it’s important to remember the way you play with your children and how you teach them to play can benefit them further than buying the “perfect” toy. You can take a simple toy, such as a ball, and turn it into a learning activity without them realizing it. Ex. “Look at …

Spread Some Cheer with These Kid-Friendly Homemade Gifts

In the mood for some DIY gifts this season? Here are some great ideas for some simple-to-create presents that the whole family can help make. Sharpie Mugs: Need a gift for a coffee lover or tea guru? Pick up some mugs, sharpies(oil-based Sharpies work the best) and letter stickers from your local dollar/craft store. Position the stickers on the mug …

Decorating and Shopping for the Holiday

CHRISTMAS DECORATING AND SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER Do you have a kiddo who loves lights to the point that they act as if all lights are connected to a UFO that is going to carry them away from their families and off to a better place? Do you find yourself looking up and wondering if you are missing some kind of …