5 Great Cooking Toys for Kids with Special Needs

Great Cooking Toys for Kids with Special Needs

Children imitate those around them especially their parents. They watch how they cook and bake so naturally, a great toy for them to play with is pots and pans. Whether you have kid-sized pots and pans or you use ones from your cabinet, pots and pans are an amazing tool for your child. Pots and pans help your child’s imagination grow and allows them to entertain themselves. I remember watching my little brother sit on the floor and play with pots and pans for what seemed like forever. Encouraging your child to use their imagination and creativity allows them to

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How To Get Your Kids To Eat Healthier

Have your child grocery shop with you! If you are able to, take your child to the grocery store to assist you in shopping. To make this trip easier, don’t take an overwhelming shopping list. Keep it simple with a purpose, so if you would like to have your child try new fruits, just stay in the fruit section. Let them notice how pretty the grocery store designs its vegetable and fruit section! It is designed to be visually pleasing and inviting. The colored peppers are arranged in a beautiful rainbow-like display. It is not surprising to learn that grocery

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5 Ways To Get Your Child Involved In The Kitchen

Introducing your child into the kitchen at an early age is a great way to get them involved in the beginning stages of cooking. As a working mom, I completely understand the time restrictions one might have. Balancing work, household chores, and everything else does not leave you an incredible amount of time to set aside and begin experimenting in the kitchen. I tell the parents of the children I work with to start on a non-crazed weekend. Maybe a Sunday morning tradition you can begin with your family. It does not have to be a huge investment! Here are

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10 Things You Can Do With Play-Doh

One thing I always carry in my therapy bag is Play-Doh. It is so versatile and easy to use. The bright colors help engage children of all ages. There are so many ways you can utilize Play-Doh. You can use it to desensitize a tactile defensive child, or you can use it to strengthen the hands of a child with low muscle tone.  Here are 10 simple and fun activities to help you incorporate Play-Doh into your therapy session. Thumb Opposition The ability to turn and rotate your thumb and have it touch the tip of each of your fingers

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5 Ways To Help A Distracted Child Focus

5 Ways To Help a Distracted Child Focus

After working a few weeks with that fussy 2 year old, you start feeling frustrated. What am I missing? Why can’t he sit still so we can work on the skills he needs to improve on??? You researched Pinterest, Instagram and so many other sites, you made your lesson plan, then one minute into the session, your child runs screaming from the room!!! Uggggghhhh!!! Back at Grad School it was so easy to sit in a classroom analyzing case studies. After all, these cases were just “hypotheticals”. You all prepare your carefully researched answers and present them with your peers.

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5 Tips For New Occupational Therapist Graduates

Congratulations, you have started your career as an OT. You have sat through so many courses, cried through exams, learned how to administer standardized tests, memorized pathways in Neurology (that will surely come in handy), presented your thesis, and are now ready to begin your career. That first day on the job, you get dressed in the just-right outfit, not too fancy because you will be on the floor with kids, but not too underdressed because you want to be the professional you are, after all you did not get $100K big ones in debt to look like a shlub

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