Occupational Therapy

Activities for Improved Handwriting

by Christine Morgan, COTA     Handwriting has a long history that started with cave drawings; over thousands of years it has developed into the more abstract symbols and letters, that we are familiar with today, which help us convey our thought processes, communicate, and store information.   Handwriting is a important skill we use… Read more »

Bilateral hand coordination craft for the Holiday Season

By Sara Niver Check out this awesome holiday craft to work on bilateral hand coordination, pincer grasp, and cutting/snipping! This pie craft could be used for Thanksgiving or Christmas! What you need: Paper: orange (pumpkin), red (cherry/apple), purple/blue (mixed berry) Scissors (adaptive or regular) Thin cardboard (for the crust) Pencil Glue stick and/or squeeze glue… Read more »

My Journey to a Therapy Dog- one full year down!

by Sarah White, OT Well, I feel that a lot has happened since my previous post as well as a little has happened.  Here is what is new: Teddy passed his Canine Good Citizen Test.  This does not mean too much, other than validation that he is a good doggy in public. It also keeps… Read more »

OT Halloween Craft: Jackolantern

by Sara Niver, OTR/L   Occupational therapists love to use crafts to promote functional skills! It’s fun for the kids while helping them promote so many functional skills needed to participate in the school environment!   Skills the craft promotes: Visual motor skills (drawing, coloring, lacing) Bilateral hand coordination (lacing) Fine motor precision (coloring in the… Read more »

DIY Handwriting Tool

By Sara Niver, OTR/L Pencil placement is a key component for proper dynamic movements while using a writing utensil! When a writing utensil is not properly placed, it can lead to static movements and fatigue while writing. Therefore, limiting a child’s ability to write or color with precision, accuracy, and control. This is commonly seen in… Read more »

The Importance of Circle Time for Children with Special Needs

by Amanda Bartel, MS OTR/L     As we are all finishing one school year and preparing for the next, here are some thoughts on Circle Time.  Working in an elementary school where my special education students are integrated into the general education classroom for Circle or “Morning Meeting”, I felt like a valuable opportunity… Read more »

Updating Your Sensory Room on a Budget

By Amanda Bartel, OT     If you are lucky enough to have space in your school or clinic for an individual sensory room, why not make the most of it?  I’m an OT at an elementary school that serves both general education students as well as students in our 12:1 special education classrooms.  We… Read more »

My Journey to a Therapy Dog – Month 11

By Sarah White, Occupational Therapist Teddy, continues to attend dog obedience classes, while I have continued to do my homework in regards to understanding canine behavior and appropriate interactions between people and other animals. My last continuing education course titled Animal-Assisted Interventions: Accelerating the Therapeutic Alliance, presented by Christine Strayer Thornton, provided me with even more… Read more »

Dysgraphia (“Why can’t I write right?”)

by Lisa Lichak, OTR   Many people are familiar with learning and attention issues such as dyslexia and ADHD. Although dysgraphia may not be a familiar term, the symptoms of dysgraphia are not uncommon.   Dysgraphia is a specific learning disability that affects how easily children acquire written language and how well they use written… Read more »

Healthy Eating and the Picky Eater

    by Molly Osterhoudt, OTR   March is National Nutrition month. Many of us set weight loss goals for 2017, but don’t quite know how to change the eating habits that have held us back in past years. We can all use a little help making good food choices to get started and follow… Read more »

Therapist Update: Clinical Instructor Certification

Lifespan Therapies, PLLC understands the importance of participating in the clinical education programs for speech, occupational, and physical therapies. Taking students is not only a great opportunity to help our therapists revisit some of their technical skills, but it is one of the best ways to give back to our professions. Our therapists can help… Read more »

Fred the Froggy – Fine Motor Fun

By Sara Niver, OTR/L      This little frog will have the kids smiling and ready to work on fine motor skills!   For some reason, kids love to “feed” things! Especially when it “talks” to them and asks them to “please feed me, I’m so hungry!” All of my kids in OT love Freddy… Read more »

Button Chain Activity

By Sara Niver OTR/L A fun activity for occupational therapists, teachers, and parents to work on fine motor precision, self-help skills, and sequential directions!   The button chain is a wonderful tool for children to practice buttoning while also working on a variety of other skills! *It is important to keep in mind the developmental… Read more »