Functional Skills For Kids – Handwriting

We have been doing a series with a group of therapists about Functional Skills for Kids, and our first e-book is going to be available on January 23. We are very close to finishing final edits on The Handwriting Book, but before we finalize everything, we need your help to make sure this resource is as helpful and practical as it can be. Please take a moment to fill out this short, two-question survey.   Whether you have knowledge about {Read More}

Fine Motor Skills and Typing

When a child has difficulty with handwriting or can’t keep up in class, many people jump to the statement that they can just type instead. But can they? There are a lot of fine motor skills that go into typing, and it takes years to master the skill to be able to type with more speed than it takes to write, so is typing really the answer? Let’s take a look at what fine motor skills are required to type. {Read More}

The Visual Motor Aspect of Buttons and Zippers

Buttoning Progression When you are good at fastening buttons, you can do it with your eyes close, and probably don’t look at all when fastening your pants. It takes some time and practice to get to the point of being able to button completely by touch, and a lot of vision is used when young kids are just starting to attempt the skill. In fact, there is a combination of visual skills along with motor planning in order for young {Read More}

Ten Games to Play With Wheelbarrow Walking

Wheelbarrow walking is a great upper body and trunk strengthening tool, and it is easy to incorporate it into a game. When wheelbarrow walking, you are strengthening your arms and your trunk since you have to activate a co-contraction through your whole body to maintain the wheelbarrow position. It is a great heavy work activity, and is also a great activity to work on motor planning for the kids who struggle with this. When I have kids wheelbarrow walk, we {Read More}

Tummy Time – The Basics

What is tummy time? Why is it used? Is it necessary? Tummy time is when you have your baby spend some awake time on their stomach. It is a fairly recent term that was started after the “Back to Sleep” campaign began here in the United States. Let’s look at it from a motor development perspective. When a baby is born, they have been all curled and flexed up in the womb for months. When they come out, their muscles {Read More}