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OT Tips for Choosing School Supplies

OT Tips for Choosing School Supplies

I know it is July, but before we know it the new school year will be upon us. With a new school year comes school supply shopping!  Some of you may be preparing now to return in August or may be looking to get your shopping done early.  If you don’t go back to school...

All About Puzzles

All About Puzzles

Puzzles are a great way to work on fine and visual motor skills, visual perceptual skills and problem solving skills. Additionally, they can also be a calming self regulation tool or rec/leisure option. There are so many different kinds of puzzles out there and it can...

Summer Learning Bags For All

Summer Learning Bags For All

Purchasing Materials   Our school district administration was able to purchase materials for each student in our entire school! We used these materials to create and send home Summer Learning Bags. These materials differ from what was sent home throughout the...

5 OT Tips for Teaching Coloring Skills

5 OT Tips for Teaching Coloring Skills

Coloring is another important school related fine motor skill for children to learn.  While some students may be very motivated to color independently, other students may need more support to engage successfully.  There are some simple ways you can support your...

5 OT Tips for Teaching Name Writing

5 OT Tips for Teaching Name Writing

One of the most common motor skills students practice in school is learning to write their name.  Kids are asked to identify and write their name all the time in the classroom, on class work, tests, and other required activities.  Even as my students enter high school...

All About Hand Strength

All About Hand Strength

One of the main reasons students may get referred to OT relates to difficulty with fine motor skills and handwriting.  Kids are not necessarily playing the same way they used to, which can really impact development of important motor skills, especially hand strength. ...

Three Easy to Implement Virtual Ideas

Three Easy to Implement Virtual Ideas

I love finding easy to implement ideas for my families at home.  Whether you’re teaching completely virtual, a hybrid, or coaching families, utilizing activities that most households have materials for is so important!  I never want families to feel like they need to...

Holiday Fine Motor and Sensory Activities

Holiday Fine Motor and Sensory Activities

The holidays are upon us!  Today, I wanted to share five fun and easy holiday themed fine motor and sensory activities that you may want to try with your students or even your own kids at home.   Most of the activities use materials you likely already have at home, or...

5 OT Tips for Teaching Cutting Skills

5 OT Tips for Teaching Cutting Skills

Learning how to use scissors is another important school related skill that OTs can help support. Today, let’s talk about the underlying components that impact development of cutting skills and my top five tips for teaching kids how to do it.Cutting requires a lot of...

5 OT Tips for Teaching Prewriting Skills

5 OT Tips for Teaching Prewriting Skills

As an OT working in early childhood, one of the most common areas I support is the development of prewriting skills.  Today, let's explore what prewriting skills are, why they are important and my top five favorite tips for teaching them!  What are prewriting skills?...

Easy Prep Fine Motor Tasks

Easy Prep Fine Motor Tasks

We are living that home school life and the struggle is real. We have our good days and our not so good days. And that's okay. My goal is for one short session with my girls each day. I keep it simple. I have a bin for each child, fill it with work, after they...

Adapting Art: OT Tips and Tools

Adapting Art: OT Tips and Tools

Art can address so many important skills, from initiating and persisting at tasks to all the fine motor skills. There’s a reason why it is one of my favorite centers to work in especially within the early childhood classroom. While art can address many...

Must-Have Visuals for Art Projects

Must-Have Visuals for Art Projects

Visuals are the key to successful art instruction and to making your instruction meaningful, functional, and relevant to your IEP goals. But where do you start? What visuals do you need?   Reduce the Prompting I am being sneaky here. This visual is not for your...

Using Art to Target IEP Goals

Using Art to Target IEP Goals

Continuing the theme of generalization and really applying all of those skills that your students have worked so hard on learning all year - let's talk about art. Unfortunately, art class is sometimes cut for our general education buildings. Or if it's not cut it's...

End of the Year Activity: Scrapbooks!

End of the Year Activity: Scrapbooks!

This is one of my FAVORITE classroom activities. And I don't mean that like when I say fluency or adapted books are my favorite (although they are my favorite too...) but this is really my favorite because of how much the kids just love the finished products. I...

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