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Learning New Skills

Shutterstock As a 20-year experienced Occupational Therapist, private practice director at Occupational Therapy for Children (OTFC), provider of Sensory integration therapy - certified in Sensory Integration Assessment (SIPT) and treatment through the University of Southern California, advocate for families with disabilities (especially children with Autism Spectrum...

  Executive functioning is a relatively common term used in the world of health care and neuropsychology which refers to the mental capacity to focus attention, to process information while completing other tasks, and to plan and remember instructions (1). This skill allows children to control...

Understanding self-regulation Self-regulation is an individual’s ability to monitor and manage their own behaviours, emotions, concentration, and energy levels according to the environment they are in (Bundy et al, 1991). For example, when a child is at school their body may need to use more energy...

What is Dysgraphia  I am sure many of you have heard of the term Dysgraphia (dis-graf-eea). We have already touched on Dyspraxia, which has links to Dysgraphia, however Dysgraphia is a seperate entity and  a common difficulty experienced by children and observed by OTs. Dysgraphia is defined as 'the delayed...

We're going to rekindle our love of low budget ideas for OT equipment in the home. Part 3 looks at a simple idea that can be used temporarily, or if you get a few, longer term. Part 3: A Bag of Rice For many OTs, Rice can be a...

Older Children (9+) While it appears to be easier to teach older children social skills, it can also have its challenges, as many children have already developed some social 'patterns'. It is often effective to allow these children to interact with their peers and work on...