Sensory Based activities for Regulation and Motor Planning!
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1d ago
How do sensory based activities relate to regulation and motor planning? What is Dyspraxia and how can we work on this?  Let's step back to talk about body awareness and motor planning before we get to these questions!  ​ The unconcious awareness of body position (the position of our body parts in relation to each other, other people and objects around us) is called "proprioception". We receive this information about our body from our muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and connective tissue primarily through movement and touch.  We can create a "body scheme" or "body map"&nbs ..read more
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Your Kids OT Home Office Tour
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2w ago
This is a much requested and much anticipated look at my home office as I have shown sections of my space over the years.  January is the best time for me to do this video as it is when my office is used the least (and therefore the neatest it ever is!). For context, I am a practising paediatric occupational therapist who works "mobile" visiting homes, preschools and schools. This home office is used for my own requirements and is not shared with other therapists (although I have enough resources to share). I don't see any children in my home. There are some supplies, toys and resources ..read more
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FREE RESOURCES : UPDATED SCHOOL READINESS CHECKLIST AND PARENT EDITION
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3w ago
January is when Australians start to think about returning to school after a wonderful summer break.  From the sand between our toes, fun with family, carefree days .... to backpacks, uniforms, lunch boxes and shoes! Whether you are 2 weeks, 2 months or 12 months away from starting school, this is still for you!  School readiness can mean many different things to different people. I have a host of articles that talk about school readiness which I'll leave links to below.  This year I have updated my popular "school readiness checklist" (originally created in 2014).  The ..read more
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Happy New Year and Best of 2022!
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1M ago
Looking back always helps with looking forward! As 2022 draws to a close, I look back on the year. The first year back to complete face to face direct occupational therapy services post pandemic.  The nasty virus continued to play havoc to attendance, although to-date I'm still a "no-vid".  If you are new to Your Kids OT, you may not know that I'm an sole mobile private OT based in Sydney Australia.  I find it hard to say "no" but I'm getting better at it. The year started with a very very very full client load which is always exciting, however it did mean that I need to bala ..read more
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CHRISTMAS FOR EARLY WRITERS (FREE PRINTABLE)
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2M ago
It wouldn't be Christmas over here at YOUR KIDS OT without a FREE PRINTABLE. I have to admit that I wasn't sure that I would get one out to you this year, but my "early writers" were in need of some fresh ideas AND you benefit too! The 2022 Christmas FREE PRINTABLE pack includes the following pages: Word match according to letter size. Cut and paste sentences x 4 Sentence Starters Story Starters Lined Writing Page Alphabetical order page ​Use the link below to get your copy! CHRISTMAS FOR EARLY WRITERS It's fun to bring the festive season into therapy sessions and you could easily do the ..read more
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5 Fun Christmas Activities for Kids!
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2M ago
Christmas is coming and its time to incorporate some fun activities for kids into OT sessions. You could easily do these at home too!  ​ Each activity requires just a few supplies. Feel free to substitute items with what you have available!  1. Christmas Pipe Cleaner Wand You will need: * A craft stick * A Pipe Cleaner * A Muffin Tray * Pom Poms * Another tray or bowl Preparation - what to do: * Ask your child to wind the pipe cleaner around the craft stick.  * Ask your child to create a circle at the top of the stick to act as a "scoop".  * Place a pom pom in ea ..read more
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Fidget tools - the why, the way and the where!
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2M ago
Fidget tool or toy? I used to be the first to ask this question but I have to confess that my thinking around "fidget tools and toys"  has changed! It used to irk me so much when mainstream "fidget" toys became available and were "played" with by every child in a school as the lastest trend.  You  know the ones... fidget spinners, fidget cubes, pop it toys... every child needed to have one and "fidget" all the time.  No! Internal and external crying out... not because fidgets have become mainstream (that is actually wonderful) but didn't people realise that fidgets are ..read more
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Fun way to work on wrist extension and fine motor skills (fundamental skills for pencil control)!
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5M ago
A hooked wrist?  Wrist off the table?  A neutral hand, wrist and forearm?  In order for fingers to be able to manipulate writing tools in a dynamic way, a child needs to have developed shoulder stability, forearm stability and... wrist extension. Wrist extension can sometimes be overlooked.  Some people are super focused on pencil grasp and how the fingers are holding the pencil, that the wrist is not considered. Without a stable wrist and forearm, the fingers will have difficulty moving the pencil.  What tends to happen is that the fingers get "locked into po ..read more
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5 Ways to use Push Pins (drawing pins) for learning!
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6M ago
Poke poke poke. Kids love making holes! Here is a legitimate way that they can make holes and learn at the same time.... by using "push pins" (or drawing pins, depending on where you are in the world).  If you have been following me here at Your Kids OT for a while, you will know that I love incorporating push pin activities into therapy session for SO many reasons.  From the development of fine motor skillls, hand strength, building eye/ hand coordination to providing sensory feedback to the hand whilst learning. The fingers are provided with "'heavy work" and lots of propriocept ..read more
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5 Ways to work on size and spacing in handwriting!
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6M ago
TheimportanceoftheSIZEoflettersandspacingcannotbeundervaluedwhenitcomestohandwritinglegibility. Did you get that?  The importance of the size of letters and spacing can not be undervalued when it comes to handwriting legibility. The size of letters, their alignment to the writing line and having adequate spaces between words (and letters)  affects how we read written information.  Ideally we want all writing (letters and spacing) to be uniform but many can not achieve this (even adults)! If just one aspect of neat writing is achieved, then it does help the reader to deciper ..read more
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