I love buying toys, crafts, stationery and games for my occupational therapy practice! It is no wonder that I have amassed a serious collection of materials over the past two decades. This, in turn, has led me to buy many bookshelves to house these materials. When I considered buying a bookshelf to put into an

Practical OT Activities for Home - Part 3

Occupational therapists often work with children to remediate visual motor skills. These are foundational skills that integrate visual perception and motor coordination. When these skills are effectively working together, children can participate in daily activities such as cutting, coloring, writing, tying shoelaces, catching, or kicking effectively. Visual perception is the ability to perceive, differentiate, and

Practical OT Activities for Home - Part 2

[responsivevoice_button voice=”UK English Female” buttontext=”Listen to Post”] Children who struggle with sensory processing may have trouble interpreting sensory information correctly in order to make an appropriate response. They may cry from too much noise in the classroom. Or they may get very irritated by a seam or tag on their clothes. An Occupational Therapist can

Practical OT Activities for Home - Part 1

[responsivevoice_button voice=”UK English Female” buttontext=”Listen to Post”] I love lists – they’re quick and easy to reference. So, I wanted to make a “glossary” of sorts to explain the jargon that appears in occupational therapy reports and to provide associated activities that can be worked on at home. Therapy is significantly more effective when parents

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[responsivevoice_button voice=”UK English Female” buttontext=”Listen to Post”] To become proficient writers, students need to know how to handwrite. Although technology is becoming more accessible in higher grades, students in lower grades still depend on pencil-and-paper for written communication. To handwrite, they need to know how to make their letters, and where the letters go on

Handwriting day

[responsivevoice_button voice=”UK English Female” buttontext=”Listen to Post”] Dear Teachers, Today, January 23rd is National Handwriting Day. It seems like a great occasion for a celebration (and cake), but quite frankly, handwriting has gotten a pretty bad rap! Its previous status as a central pillar of literacy has been tarnished, and it is now considered irrelevant, and hard

How to turn a simple craft project into a therapeutic activity

[responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to Post"] Occupational therapists have a reputation for being crafty. I’m not! So when I needed a Christmas craft for my students, I predictably turned to Pinterest.  My rule of thumb for craft projects (and recipes) is that they have to have five steps or less. So when I saw this beaded

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The question of whether to teach children uppercase or lowercase letters first is often debated. Proponents of upper case contend that: Uppercase is developmentally more appropriate because the letters are easier to form. Uppercase letters are easier to recognize. The transition from upper case to lower case is easy. Are uppercase letters easier to form?

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The following video shares five core principles for making handwriting instruction highly effective and engaging. You will learn practical strategies that can be implemented in your classroom right away: Video Script Hi! Today we are going to discuss 5 essential practices to keep in mind when teaching handwriting. SMALL GROUPS The first is that handwriting


[responsivevoice_button voice=”UK English Female” buttontext=”Listen to Post”] Many students struggle with where to start their letters! Sound familiar? Using three-lined paper makes it easier for your students to know where to start and end their letters. In fact, the use of lines is critical to handwriting development! These easy-to-understand classroom tips and strategies demonstrate how

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As an occupational therapist, I have seen children hold pencils many ways. Sometimes this is okay, and sometimes it isn’t. While many teachers do not have the time to address pencil grip during their busy days, the way a child holds a pencil directly affects his or her ability to develop legible handwriting. Here are


[responsivevoice_button voice=”UK English Female” buttontext=”Listen to Post”] “I can’t read this!” How many times have you seen this written on a child’s homework assignment?  When a child has bad handwriting, it is often assumed that he is lazy, not putting forth his best effort or just not sufficiently motivated to write neatly. It is especially

The influx of technology has placed emphasis on typing to produce written work rather than handwriting. It is very important to emphasize, however, that handwriting plays a huge part in learning to read. Read on to find out more about how writing and reading interact to improve literacy.

[responsivevoice_button voice=”UK English Female” buttontext=”Listen to Post”] I once saw a little pin with a picture of a hand holding a pen. The pin read “Palmer Method”. This pin was a penmanship award that was given out to children long ago for perfect handwriting. The days of awards for perfect handwriting are long gone and


[responsivevoice_button voice=”UK English Female” buttontext=”Listen to Post”] One of my goals for the Abilipad app was to find a new, original logo. I chose the old logo from an image library, hoping to convey three ideas: (1) the app is a specialized keyboard as demonstrated by the small square “keyboard keys”, (2) that one could


[responsivevoice_button voice=”UK English Female” buttontext=”Listen to Post”] My new app, “Handwriting Heroes” handwriting app, is finally complete! It is set to be released on Sunday, May 1st with a launch event at KID Museum. From 10:00 – 11:30am, there will be an Educator Session, where experts will discuss best practices for using apps in the classroom.  Free for professional educators; all are welcome. RSVP required.