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You know it’s OT month when the kids find a Goniometer in my desk and want to play “OT” with mommy🤣 we had a lesson on Joints and measuring this morning. Brin’s technique could use a little work, but at least I can flex my elbow “20 million degrees” according to Lincoln...serious flexibility right there! 😂 #stillworking #OTmonth #OTkids

Today in OT: Baking using a recipe and colour coded measuring cups. #organization #adapt #bilateralcoodination #kidsinthekitchen #otkids #childrenswellnesscentre

Sshh I am working :) Some children need adaptive tools to get their writing done. Here we see a quiet room, bare feet, gum, a weighted pencil, dark lined journal paper, a squeeze toy, and students own words to copy (scribed beforehand by teacher). All of this meets sensory needs and decreases anxiety of the task. #adapt #sensorytools #icanwrite #otkids #childrenswellnesscentre

TOY REVIEW TUESDAY 💭
We love our new @melissaanddougtoys Memory Game!! It’s super easy to explain, the kids love keeping score with it and it fits into any bag we take to our schools.
💡TIP: This game would be awesome to play on a car ride or airplane as none of the pieces can get lost!!



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Music in therapy. It’s self regulating, motivating, and playing along with instruments encourages grasping skills. ( or oral motor) My favourite is to play along in a small group and keep changing instruments. There is nothing better to promote interest and focus than a small band. Generally I use Jack Johnson music as I find it the most regulating. Other suggestions? #musicintherapy #playalong #bilateralcoordination #selfregulation #sensorykids #focusandattention #theneurologicalpowerifmusic #otkids #childrenswellnesscentre

Easter egg cut out pages .. With my older OT kids we are working on harder fluency patterns and neat writing. This little friend is doing such a good job with his writing now! #Easter #handwriting #fluency #pencilgrasp #pencilcontrol #otkids #otr #ot #occupationaltherapy #pediot #pediatricot #pediatricoccupationaltherapy #therapyblogger #yourkidsot

Let's strengthen our hands together! This is a great way to strengthen the smaller intrinsic muscles of the hand and facilitate a tripod pencil grasp. It also targets visual motor skills critical to early childhood. 💫
The child should only use their thumb, pointer, and third finger when manipulating the tongs. 👍✌️if they have trouble with this, give them a small token to hold against their palm using their 4th and 5th digits only. This forces them to manipulate the tongs with that tripod grasp! .
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#visualmotor #finemotor #tongs #finemotor #groundfigure #occupationaltherapy #otkids #ot #preschool #tripodgrasp #grasppatterns #autism #developmentalmilestones #earlychildhood #funkids #play #learnandplay #playandgrow

Adding eyes and a mouth to a tennis ball can provide endless hours of fun, not to mention target important pre-handwriting skills like tripod grasp, bilateral hand coordination, and visual-motor integration. I like to hide small pegs or cotton balls in something with lots of tactile input (like rice) and have my preschoolers search for it before inserting the item into the tennis ball "mouth". You can also hold the tennis ball open for the child to make the activity easier, as I'm doing in the last picture. 🎾
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#sensoryinput #tactileinput #prehandwriting #visualmotor #diychildhood #diy #sensorykids #bilateralskills #grasp #earlyeducation #tennisballtricks #sensorybin #earlychildhood #preschool #play #kidsneedplay #occuapationaltherapy #otkids

Bike riding requires balance , coordination, endurance and leg strength. Children with Autism may have gross motor deficits in many of these areas, there by making it hard to ride a bike successfully. Eric Chessen's " Bike to the future" program addresses these deficits and provides different strategies.
The photo is of an exercise schedule taken from the book. I completed this with a student prior to bike riding. It incorporates movements from the 5 categories all general activities can be broken down into - pushing, pulling, bending, rotation and locomotion.
You can grade the movements to the level that they can do, to get the most out of it. For eg. I get kids to sit on the therapy ball and stand up straight if they don't know how to squat.
Happy bike riding ! 😀😀
#bikeriding #bicycle #otkids #grossmotor #ericchessen #biketothefuture

OT KARAOKE KIDS
Una de nuestras actividades más divertidas y para todos los públicos! 2 horas de diversión! Concurso de karaoke con animación y premio para los ganadores! Contacta con nosotros! @loveoproducciones

Kids will eat almost anything if they make it themselves! And no task is to difficult! ( peel and freeze the ginger for easier grating) #tropicalkalesmoothie #grating #bilateralcoodination #handstrength #independence #meaningfulactivity #otkids

E is for egg! 🐣
Working on phonics, letter formation, motor planning and finger strengthening all in one activity 😁



#ot #kids #otkids #occupationaltherapy #paediatrics #earlyintervention #sensoryintegration #playdough #phonics #motorplanning @melissaanddougtoys

Legs up the wall is a great grounding calming and restorative pose for so many reasons beyond the hamstring and lower back stretch. It calms the nervous system, quiets the mind, provides rest and relaxation for tired legs as well as deep body input which helps sensory wigglers stay still. It also gives all the benefits of inversion which include improved circulation and digestion. YES, try it, you’ll love it. We do. #legsupthewall #yogakids #yogaisforeveryone #adaptedyoga #sensorykids #relaxation #restorativeyoga #otkids #childrenswellnesscentre

Using simple activities to promote midline crossing! 🙅🏼‍♀️🙅🏼‍♂️
You can adapt any game to improve a child’s midline crossing by simply positioning the game as shown above! ☝🏼 Easy peasy :)



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Tea is always better with a friend. Coconut mango was a great choice thanks! #kitchenskills #grasping #sensoryinclusion #smellisimportant #eyegazechoices #otkids #occupationaltherapy #childrenswellnesscentre

TOY REVIEW TUESDAY 💭🍭
Look how tiny they are! 😱😁 These shopping items can be used in soooo many ways! We love to use for tactile discrimination: swipe left ⬅️. What would you use them for?



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Sensory stories are a great way to get our kids engaged in a session. Adding different sensory experiences to a regular story, helps children with sensory processing issues explore different senses as well as develop an interest in stories or reading. They are a great way to work on joint attention, focus , engagement, turn taking , waiting and exploring less preferred sensory experiences. Thanks to @teacherspayteachers for their sensory story "Kitty's dinner " which our kiddos loved. We added a few extra food items to offer the kitty like bubble wrap for popcorn and styrofoam for marshmallows. #sensorystories #autism #occupationaltherapy #asd #spd #pediatric #sensoryexploration #engagement #pedsot #earlylearning #sensoryintegration #otkids #therapyideas #schoolbasedot #autismkids

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