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How is Heavy Work Beneficial for My Child?

How is Heavy Work Beneficial for My Child? by Marisa Fiorentino, OTR/L Kids Place North Pediatric Occupational Therapist Are your kiddos constantly running, crashing, and jumping around the house? Do they have difficulty sitting still and sustaining attention to activities at school or home? Does their constant need for movement prevent them from partaking in…

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Five Toys to Develop Visual Motor and Fine Motor Skills

Five Toys to Develop Visual Motor and Fine Motor Skills by Kristen Henderson, M.S., OTR/L Kids Place West Pediatric Occupational Therapist Slot Toy Slot toys help to improve wrist dexterity, precision with visual motor tasks, object manipulation skills, and problem solving. These toys also address object permanence, or the ability to know that an object…

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Supporting Healthy Screen Time Use for Kids

Supporting Healthy Screen Time Use For Kids Screen Time- including TV, computers, smartphones, tablets and video games – can affect how your children learn, feel, think, and behave. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages you to help your children develop healthy media use habits. We get that it’s hard to remove screens once kids…

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6 Important Reasons We Play Games Together at Kids Place Pediatric Therapy

6 Important Reasons We Play Games Together at Kids Place Pediatric Therapy Parents often ask us why we will place two children together during a therapy session to play a game. This is a great question that has an even better answer! When two children are playing together, we are able to build several social…

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12 Effective Tips to Teach Your Child to Dress Themselves

12 Effective Tips to Teach Your Child to Dress Themselves Dressing skills are a vital part of child development. Not only does learning to dress themselves help support children’s growing independence, but it also promotes the development of many other valuable skills including, but not limited to sequencing, motor coordination, balance, bilateral coordination, dexterity, attention,…

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How Hippotherapy Is Used with Pediatric Therapy

How Hippotherapy Is Used with Pediatric Therapy by Martina Tannahill, DPT Kids Place Central Pediatric Physical Therapist The term hippotherapy originates from the Greek word, “hippos” meaning horse. Hippotherapy involves using the natural gait and movement of a horse as a treatment tool and strategy that can be incorporated and integrated into an occupational or…

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