5 Ways to Help Children who Have Tactile Defensiveness

This is a guest post by Kimberly Z Syers OTR/L-  BabyOT.com As a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, I work with children with tactile defensiveness on a daily basis. These children are hypersensitive to tactile (touch) stimulation and frequently find ordinary textures/touch sensations (like clothing tags, hugs or grass) to be overwhelming or even painful. These children may avoid or refuse to participate in “messy” play activities and this avoidance can impede learning and development.  Parents and caregivers are eager to help {Read More}

Sticker Squash Game

This is a game that was submitted by a therapist, Marie Logan, OTR/L. It is a simple game that is played on paper, and it is similar to the game Battleship.  During the game, you work on eye hand coordination and hand positioning, challenge diffierent grasp, and work on visual motor skills. Set Up: • Draw a grid on paper. Name columns #1-5 and rows A-D (i.e 5 columns, 4 rows) • Tape the playing grid up on vertical surface {Read More}

Handwriting Remediation Tips From the Size Matters Handwriting Program

Beverly Moskowitz has developed a handwriting program called Size Matters Handwriting Program and she has put together some quick tips that use her program’s concepts.  You can find her program at Real OT Solutions.  I have taken one of Beverly’s classes and it was full of good information and full of energy.  I have incorporated some of her tips into my work as well, and have worked on size with my mud writing too. Focus on Size. Score for letter {Read More}

Guess Who Clothespin Game

This is a guest post by Donna Abramson, OTR Opening and closing clothespins is a wonderful way for children to develop strength in the muscles of their hand, particularly the webspace – which helps them to hold the pencil with a correct tripod grip. Using clothespins also helps children to separate the radial and ulnar sides of the hands, a prerequisite for efficient fine motor function. Guess Who (by Milton Bradley) is a fun game that I really enjoy playing {Read More}

Go Baby Go Project gets little kids powered mobility

There is a Physical Therapy professor at University of Delaware named Cole Galloway who has a mission to get young children mobile, and uses ride on toys from Toys R Us.  He modifies them to fit the child’s specific needs, and even incorporates some to their therapy goals to help with the device.  The project is called Go Baby Go. There is a news article about the project that is very interesting, and they are working on training  other people {Read More}