4 Steps to Maximize your Therapy Sessions

You as parents can be one of the key ingredients to maximizing our efficiency in therapy. You spend the most amount of time with your child and while we can’t expect every parent-child interaction to target therapy goals, there is so much we can do to empower you to become consistently active participants in the therapy process, from day one …

5 Questions You Should be Asking Your Therapist

Working seven years as an occupational therapist, I have realized that my clients often do not ask me the questions that are really on their minds. Of course, I try to tease that out when I meet with you at the evaluation and make sure I address the most common questions that parents in your situation ask.  But still, many …

6 Ways to Empower Your Child

Empowerment is an important skill to establish with ALL children to help them believe in their knowledge, capabilities and opinions. Check out our six suggestions to help your child feel empowered without feeling too much like a boss or wallflower!

Stretch Your Way To Better Health

Yoga (meaning union or yoke) is the practice of accessing and integrating all aspects of our true nature — body, mind, and spirit — in the pursuit of inner harmony, says Alexandra De Collibus, a yoga teacher and founder of Sweet Pea Yoga, a yoga studio for infants, toddler, and kids located throughout Massachusetts. Yoga is becoming more popular in …

Navigating High-Sensory Environments with a Child Who Has Sensory Needs

One of the challenges of raising kids with sensory processing issues is that outings, even ones that promise a lot of fun, can easily turn into nightmares if kids find themselves in surprising or overwhelming situations. A child who is oversensitive to stimulation can find an ordinary supermarket or restaurant unbearable because of noise, bright lighting, or crowds. But even …

Life Before and After Kids

When I look back on life before children, I remember feeling like I had some remote idea of what parenting kids would be like. After all, I babysat and had dogs. These two things were decent preparation for me to consider adding the role of mother to the many labels that I carried in my thirties (baby number #1 popped …

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 …