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It’s coming!!  Amazon Prime Day deals are coming up on July 15 and 16, 2019 and we can’t wait!  There are so many products that we have on our therapy wishlists that we’ll be watching on Prime Day to see if we can score a deal! Why is Amazon Prime a good idea for therapists and teachers? Before we go any further, I didn’t think this post would be complete without a quick “Ode to My Amazon Prime Membership”. Guys…I [Continue Reading]

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This awesome Back to School Movement Scavenger Hunt for the Classroom will get kids acquainted with their classroom in a unique way! We’ve been working hard on an amazing new pack of products designed to inspire co-treatment ideas between therapists.  More on that soon! In the meantime, we thought we’d give you a sneak peak into some of the great ideas that we have in store!  Co-treatment is a great way to infuse the skill sets of all related therapy [Continue Reading]

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Wondering whether activity trackers for kids really live up to all the hype?  Here’s what one pediatric physical therapist thinks… *This post contains affiliate links.  Read more. How many of you have coveted a FitBit or a Garmin or even an Apple Watch to finally help get you into the best shape of your life?  These wearable (and fashionable) activity trackers are so popular among adults. Some of you may even benefit from some major insurance perks just by logging [Continue Reading]

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Looking for fun activity challenges for kids?  This post is for you!  It’s full of fun printables that you can put into action starting today! *This post contains affiliate links.  Read more. Do you have a child who is constantly moving, never stopping even to grab a quick bite to eat? Or, do you have a child who is content to sit for hours and is unmotivated to even try to get involved in anything active? Maybe you have the [Continue Reading]

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These drawing tools are perfect for toddlers and young kids because they promote effective grasp patterns and give kids good control as they learn to make shapes and lines. *This post contains affiliate links.  Read more. If you live or work with toddlers and/or young preschoolers, you know that their favorite thing in the world to do is…whatever you’re doing.  We’ve all been there, checking emails with a toddler in our lap, pounding away at the keyboard. Cooking dinner with [Continue Reading]

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Learn some of our best simple drawing ideas ideas that are perfect for “tricking” kids into practicing those prewriting shapes! *This post contains affiliate links.  Read more. If you’re an OT who works in a preschool setting, you’re likely very familiar with prewriting skills.   You work on those vertical and horizontal lines, circles, diagonal lines, and intersecting lines all day every day…knowing that strong prewriting skills are the foundation for letter formation and early writing skills down the road. [Continue Reading]

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Learn how to help a baby crawl and check out some of the most common alternative “crawling” patterns we’ve seen in our therapy practice. Crawling on all fours is one of the first efficient modes of transportation for a baby.  Sure, rolling can get your little one from one place to another but crawling can help him chase you from the kitchen to the bathroom in a matter of seconds!   Babies often learn to crawl between the age of 6-9 [Continue Reading]

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Read about how and why fidget toys for kids work and learn how to make some super simple fidget toys using balloons and other supplies you have on hand! Many kids (and adults) have a strong need to fidget with objects in order to pay attention and remain calm and focused.   Some research indicates that fidgeting may be related to increased attention as well as retention of information.  And this is consistent with the anecdotal evidence we see every [Continue Reading]

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Check out all of our favorite OT podcasts! In celebration of OT Month this year, we thought it would be fun to compile a list of the best podcasts available for our favorite fun-loving occupational therapists.   Whether you commute to your place of employment, enjoy long runs to work off the stress of the day, or prefer to listen and learn as you complete your ADLs (wink), we think there is something for everyone on this list! OCCUPIED ||Focus on [Continue Reading]

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Lummi Sticks are a great way to promote all kinds of developmental skills for kids!  Check out our favorite ways to play! *This post contains affiliate links.  Read more. Have you heard of Lummi Sticks?  These 7”-10” long wooden cylinders resemble drumsticks and can be used in a variety of ways to promote developmental skills in children — both physical and cognitive.  They are easy to transport and are a very economical tool for strapped therapy budgets! Lummi Sticks can [Continue Reading]

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