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Occupational Therapy

Toe Walking: What Can I Do to Fix it?

Toe walking occurs for various reasons which could involve children with Autism who seek certain sensory input or can be caused by spasticity in the calf muscles in children with Cerebral Palsy (CP). Toe walking is often overlooked, however, it needs to be addressed due to the physical limitations the can come from it. Is…

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Your child’s handwriting — more to it than you realize!

reading-writing disorders

As an occupational therapist, I get a lot of referrals to address handwriting.  There are several factors that relate to handwriting success, many of which can be practiced and developed at home! Upper extremity support: Developing the scapular muscles and upper arm strength will allow the child to improve his or her posture and have…

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Be creative to get your kids moving!

Let’s Get Physical! As an occupational therapist, I endeavor each day is to address the whole person in each child. This includes engaging the whole body during every treatment session. I believe that engaging the whole body in fun physical play helps a child organize not only their body but their minds and emotions. Whether…

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Is it Sensory or Behavior?

This is the million-dollar question posed to every pediatric occupational therapist. The answer is as simple as why the chicken crossed the road. By nature, all behavior is sensory. Behavior is how one reacts to a stimulus.

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Fine Motor Control

Fine motor control is often thought of due to its essential role in participating in school-based activities such as writing, cutting, coloring, and manipulating any small objects. This area of development is also needed for independence in dressing, self-feeding, hygiene, play, and almost any facet of life one is engaged.

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Occupational Therapy: Developing Scissor and Fine Motor Skills

Here are some activities for developing pre-scissor and fine motor skills! Crawling activities – through a tunnel or home made obstacle course. Balloon Volleyball – hit a balloon or light beach ball with your hands and see how long you can keep it up in the air Walking on hands, pretending to be different animals (e.g.…

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Helping Children with Challenges Thrive

Check out our recent article featured in Decatur Living Magazine! Click this link: “Helping Children with Challenges Thrive” For more information on occupation therapy and speech therapy in the Atlanta area visit https://www.pediaspeech.com/ or call us at 770-209-9826!

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Why OT?

“An occupational therapist? So what, you do like, physical therapy?”“Oh, you help people get jobs.”These are just a couple typical responses to what the OT profession actually does. Within the profession occupation is defined as anything that provides meaning in a person’s life. Occupations relating to children include participating in school, play, and self-care activities.…

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Handwriting tips from Kris

How much do you think about handwriting? Unless you share a similar profession as myself, you likely answered, “very little, if at all.” Where did we learn how to write? Or how to hold a pencil? These skills didn’t just develop naturally; we had to be taught at some point. Unfortunately, the increasing pressure on…

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Occupational Therapy’s Role with Autism

Occupational therapy services focus on enhancing participation in the performance of activities of daily living (e.g., feeding, dressing), instrumental activities of daily living (e.g., community mobility, safety procedures), education, work, leisure, play, and social participation. Occupational therapy services can focus on personal development, quality of life, and the needs of the family for children with…

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