Top Therapist Tools for Back To School

Top Therapist Tools for Back To School

Happy New Schoolyear! Are you excited for school to start up again? My son is starting First Grade this coming Monday, but my district started back up on August 6th. So, I’ve had a few weeks already to get situated, and hopefully

What Legoland Taught Me About the Importance of Play

This summer, we went on a 5-day vacation to Legoland. I noticed that unlike the Happiest Place on Earth (Disneyland) Legoland has a lot of playgrounds for free play. Coming into the park, there’s the Lego Duplo playground, Heartland Stables, Pharaoh’s

Free Printable Speedometer for Self-Regulation

Free Printable Speedometer for Self-Regulation

Here it is, as promised! I am sharing a free printable to make it quick and easy to make a self-regulation speedometer. This is one of my favorite activities in the Alert Program. The kids just seem to instinctively grasp the

Self Regulation and Occupational Therapy

I’ve been thinking about self-regulation ever since I saw the Inside Out movie. I feel that in the last few years, this area has really taken off and as OT’s we have quickly embraced this area and made it our own. It’s great that

A Pediatric OT’s Take on Inside Out

A Pediatric OT’s Take on Inside Out

Have you watched the movie Inside Out yet? My 6-year old has been super excited to watch it, and I must admit that I was looking forward to seeing it too. It’s a great animated film about a girl named Riley and her five

5 Ways to Recharge your Practice during your Summer Break

5 Ways to Recharge your Practice during your Summer Break

Is it your summer break yet? Even if you don’t work in school-based practice, most pediatric OTs still look forward to summer for a lighter caseload. I like to spend the first couple of days of my break doing absolutely nothing, but I’ve found that after

Celebrating OT month

Celebrating OT month

  Happy OT Month! How are you celebrating OT month this year? I love being able to promote awareness of OT! I was lucky enough to be able to volunteer in my son’s Kindergarten class last week to showcase our

End of schoolyear

End of schoolyear

The light at the end of the tunnel end of the schoolyear is coming up soon for many school-based OTs, and for some (me!) it is already here. Whew! What I had anticipated to be a busy month of March followed

How to survive IEP insanity

How to survive IEP insanity

  So my plan for weekly posts had to go on the backburner, especially with IEP season coming up. You know what I mean right, the time of year when you have literally back-to-back-to-back IEPs and almost no time to

Evidence-based Practice forAutism

Evidence-based Practice forAutism

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (NPDC) has just come out with a lit review on the interventions used with people with autism that are backed by research evidence. They reviewed a decade of research from 1990