How early can ADHD be recognized?
Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips
by Anne Zachry
3M ago
How can a parent know if their 3 or 4 year old has an attention problem? Is it possible to recognize Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) before a child starts to grade school? Dr. Mark Mahone, director of the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Maryland says yes. He feels that it is important to identify ADHD as early as possible because of the impact that it has on a child’s academic performance in school. Interestingly, warning signs of this disorder frequently appear in preschool, around age 4. By school age, the Centers for Disease Control reports that one in 11 school children have b ..read more
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Sleep Problems Solved: Get Cool Koala Child-Friendly Bedtime Meditations!!!
Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips
by Anne Zachry
6M ago
It can be challenging, and sometimes nearly impossible, to get your kids to fall asleep quickly and get a good night's rest. Now, there is a solution to this problem! Cool Koala, created by music therapist Ryan Judd, is a program of relaxing, engaging, bedtime meditation sessions. Ryan’s intuitive and deliberate approach to his work with children is evident in this amazing product. Every evening, your child will have access to a unique, child-friendly guided meditation. With fun characters like Cool Koala, Busy Beaver, and Cranky Cat, your child will look forward to relaxing and going to ..read more
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VOTE NO for the proposed AOTA Bylaws changes!
Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips
by Anne Zachry
8M ago
  Dear reader,       If you are an AOTA member, please VOTE NO for the proposed AOTA Bylaws changes! The AOTA Board of Directors has put forth a full set of “New” Bylaws.   There are major changes put forth that will impact your representation and voice in the Associations affairs.        Some of the proposed changes include but not limited to:  1. Changing the means method for which slating and voting for certain key positions will occur; 2. Establishment of an Executive Committee to take action on behalf of the Association wit ..read more
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How to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips
by Anne Zachry
9M ago
In one year, all across this country, approximately 2,500 infants die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as SIDS. SIDS awareness is critical. If you are not familiar with that term, SIDS is the unexpected death of an apparently healthy infant during sleep. Prior to 1992, most babies in the United States slept on their stomachs. In 1992, after researchers discovered that infants were approximately 12 times more likely to be found on their stomachs than on their backs when they had died of SIDS, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that all infants be placed to sleep on ..read more
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Going to Town: An Activity to Improve Balance!
Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips
by Anne Zachry
1y ago
This is a fun activity to work on sitting and standing balance! The town map is made from a trifold presentation board and is covered in construction paper. The individual buildings are made from card stock and construction paper, and the pond and trees are made from felt. There is Velcro on the back of each building, tree, and pond. This allows a child the creative freedom to arrange and rearrange the board.   For a fun treatment activity, have the child sit on a rocker board and decide which pieces to place in different spots on the board. Then have the child “drive” a toy car from on ..read more
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Make your own DIY shape sorter toy!
Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips
by Anne Zachry
1y ago
In this post, I am going to explain how to make a DIY shape sorter toy! You probably have the necessary materials right in your home! A shape sorter is a fun activity that helps to improve visual perception skills, spatial awareness, eye-hand coordination, and fine motor skills. When a child plays with a shape sorter, they engage their problem-solving skills and learn about colors, and shapes. Needed: - Shoe Box Scissors - Pencil, crayons, or marker - Colorful 3-D shapes or wooden blocks - Contact paper- Stickers Directions: Cover the box and lid with contact paper. Secure the edges of ..read more
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Mindfulness for Children: An Excellent Resource!!!
Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips
by Anne Zachry
1y ago
Smell the Flower… Blow Out the Candle is a delightful guide to mindfulness for children! This book will help children pay attention to their bodies, understand their feelings, and make good choices. Every child can use the strategies covered in this book to calm themselves, boost their mood, and improve their focus, and the charming illustrations will definitely keep the children engaged! An added bonus is that it includes social emotional activities for children that can be used by parents at home as well as teachers in the classroom. As a pediatric occupational therapist with over 30 years ..read more
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More Motor Planning Activities for Kids!
Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips
by Anne Zachry
1y ago
In my last post, I shared about motor planning, which is the ability to plan, organize, sequence, and carry out actions. Below you will find some more kid-friendly motor planning activities!   Kick Ball: You and your child get in a crab walking position facing each other with a balloon in the middle. Kick the balloon up in the air with one foot and take turns trying to keep the ball in the air by kicking it.   Bean Bag Toss: Tape different shapes on the floor and give the child several beanbags. Tell the child to toss a bag on the square first, then on the circle, then on the triang ..read more
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5 Fun Motor Planning Activities for Kids!
Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips
by Anne Zachry
1y ago
Motor planning is the ability to plan, organize, sequence, and carry out actions, and it is involved in most every task we complete! Motor planning is sometimes called praxis, and when someone has difficulty with motor planning, it is called dyspraxia. Below you will find 5 fun kid-friendly motor planning activities!   Photo Credit: Virginia State Parks Staff   Wheelbarrow Walking: Wheelbarrow walk the child to a spot and have two bowls (i.e. one yellow, one blue) there.  Instruct the child place the yellow items in the yellow bowl and blue items in the blue bowl.  Wheelbar ..read more
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What is Auditory Defensiveness?
Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips
by Anne Zachry
1y ago
  When a child is over-sensitivity to sounds in the environment, this is called auditory defensiveness. Children with auditory defensiveness may present with some or all of the following symptoms:
 * Seems unsettled or distressed in loud environments * Frequently cover their ears to sounds that other children tolerate * Bothered by noises made by things like the vacuum cleaners, hair dryers, etc. * Avoid activities that have loud environments such as parties, ballgames, and movies. * Possible language difficulties The following strategies may help children with auditory processing issu ..read more
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