Mancala: A Classic Game Perfect for Learning

Mancala is a great game to help develop a variety of skills in your children. Children learn how to count, problem solve, and take turns. This board game comes with small, pebble like game pieces that require fine motor skills to operate successfully. This game will provide your child with plenty of opportunity to practice finger dexterity, finger isolation, and …

Create an Ideal Tummy-Time Environment for Baby in 5 Easy Steps

Tummy Time describes the position of your baby on his/her stomach during supervised, awake activities. Tummy time is important for the development of musculature in the head, neck, shoulder, and arms. This musculature is crucial for rolling, crawling and walking. Tummy time also decreases the frequency your baby spends lying on his/her back, which prevents flat spots on the back …

How to: Use Food to Develop Fine Motor Skills

As a school-based occupational therapist I implement interventions based on the individual needs of each student. These interventions may consist of activities to increase muscular strength, endurance, crossing midline skills, bilateral coordination skills, self-care skills, gross motor and fine motor skills. Each of these underlying skills is necessary to complete tasks such as cutting, writing, shoe-tying, and playing.  It can …

SpinAgain: The Can’t-Miss Modern Twist on Traditional Ring Stackers

A Modern TWIST on traditional ring stackers! This toy is great for children 12 mo. and older. It encourages hand-eye coordination, cause-and-effect learning, language opportunities and much more! Includes: Set of 6 vibrant, graduated discs that spin down a corkscrew pole and stack up any way you want; discs alternate between flower and star-burst shapes, feature 2 colors each Available …

Crossing Midline: A Simple Move that Could Impact Academic Success

Crossing the midline can be as simple as reaching your right arm across the front of your body to pick up a cup of coffee on the left side of the table. Or reaching across with your left hand to turn a doorknob on your right, or completing a simple jumping jack. Most of these movements we do without even …

6 Keys for Raising Bilingual Children

If you have a bilingual household and your child is learning two languages at the same time, you might have some questions about best practices to use at home when speaking to your child.  Some parents are worried that if their child is having difficulty with the second language, that they should stop speaking their primary language (i.e. Spanish) and …

Could Poor Jaw Control Be Impacting Your Child’s Speech?

Lips never touch? Constant drool? It all comes back to jaw control. When we have limited ability to control our jaw you might see things like open mouth posture, drool, and delays in producing sounds like p, b, m, f, v, s and z. It’s also important to note that the only jaw movement that we should have is up …

5 Amazingly Simple Kid Friendly Activities to Beat Cabin Fever

Are you tired of being stuck inside on these snowy, cold days with nothing to do with your toddler? There is no reason to dread this upcoming winter season. Here are different activities you can do with your toddler, along with ways you can help them increase their language. These activities are quick and simple to put together and most …

The Super Sorting Pie: A Great Learning Toy!

  The Super Sorting Pie is a great activity to develop your child’s fine motor and cognitive skills in a fun, healthy, and interactive game. You and your child will have a blast with this toy! The Super Sorting Pie is a great learning toy because not only does it promote fine motor skills, it also promotes preschool-age appropriate concepts, …