Fine Motor Skills For Mealtimes

From the beginning stages of a baby learning to pick up a piece of puffed cereal and feed itself, to an older child cutting vegetables to help prepare food, there are a variety of fine motor skills that are used and needed during meal times. In fact, self feeding is a great way to work on developing fine motor skills because eating is often very motivating. A baby first initiates trying to pick up some food off of their tray {Read More}

Ez Pz Bowl

When working with kids on feeding skills, one challenge is keeping the bowl from sliding around.  When I saw this ezpz bowl, I saw that it would be a perfect solution to the problem of bowls moving around too much.  It really stays in place very well. Looking to find printable activities? You can find them in the community shop

Delicious Strawberry Play Dough

When working with kids who have food aversions, I like to do some fun activities with food that provide some of the sensory experience of food, but in a fun atmosphere without the required eating of the food. I want the fun item to be edible though in case we can get some tasting of the food happening. Food based play dough has given itself perfectly to this activity, and today I have created a delicious strawberry play dough that {Read More}

Rubbery Marshmallow Play Dough

I have joined some other bloggers to share recipes and posts about sensory dough called the Twelve Months of Sensory Dough, and this month’s play dough is snow dough. When I think of snow, I think of white, and since marshmallow fluff worked so well in the sweet potato play dough, then I thought I would use it to make a snowy play dough. It turned out really well and has a bit of a rubbery consistency. It is stiff, {Read More}

Picky Eating and Transitioning to New Foods

In Occupational Therapy, we work with eating, and often work with kids that don’t like to eat food.  Sometimes the problem is due to muscle difficulties, but every once in a while, I see a client who does not have the underlying muscle weakness, and they have the oral sensory defensiveness to tastes and textures of different foods. Most of the time, kids like this are on the Autism spectrum, but not necessarily. They could have general sensory processing problems {Read More}