As OT’s in the school setting we often get placed at many different schools, in many different classroom/closets/hallways. I’ve been known to do wonders with a storage closet. 😉 Even when sharing a classroom at one of my schools, I still make sure to spruce up my side of the room to make it feel homey on the days I’m there. 😊💕
My job as an early intervention pediatric occupational therapist is heavy on parent/caregiver education. My therapy sessions are one hour a week in the child’s home. The rest of the week it’s up to the parents/caregivers to provide the opportunities for their child to play, learn, and grow with the activities and tools I’ve provided for them.
For the littles with sensory processing needs, I almost always supply the family with a sensory diet. Sensory diets are planned specific activities throughout the child’s day that gives them the sensory input they need to engage, focus, and stay regulated throughout the day. Many times this includes the Wilbarger brushing protocol and joint compressions. Each child has a unique sensory system with a unique set of needs. I find sensory diets to be a very effective way to provide the little ones with a sensory enriched environment that helps them get and stay regulated.
This fall tree craft has been a fun way to work on all sorts of fine motor skills! Working on scissor skills cutting out their hand print as the tree, and then we used a variety of tools to make different fall leaves. Q-tips, cotton balls on clothespins, paint brush, finger painting, dot markers, stamps, and leaf hole punches give many different fine motor opportunities to work on grasp, hand strength, sensory processsing, etc. The kids (and I 😉) have had so much fun this week with this craft!
Fine motor Pinterest find for the win! This week’s theme is Fall leaves, so this activity was perfect! I made trees with pipe cleaners and had the kiddos string beads and buttons onto the trees as colorful leaves! This worked on bilateral hand skills, fine motor skills, dexterity, pincer grasp, and visual motor skills. 😊🍂
Ghosts is the theme this Halloween week! 👻 This craftivity worked on cutting, gluing, folding, writing their names on the back... and then a handwriting page to go with it! Happy Halloween week to all! ☺️ (handwriting page courtesy of Mrs Whelchel Teaching Designs on Teachers Pay Teachers!)
I take play seriously. 😎😎😎 I guess I'm lucky that I got a job that I love. I grab some toys, put them in a cart, and then I'm off to start a day of work and play with kids.
Being a #pediatricoccupationaltherapist has made me learn lessons, even from kids who cannot talk or cannot have eye contact with me. In fact, the more difficult the child or parent is to handle, the more lessons there are for me to learn.
This job never runs out of surprises (even if on some days pee and poop are the surprises 😂😂). There's so much room for growth and one workday keeps getting me excited for the next one 😊😄 #worldoccupationaltherapyday#occupationaltherapy
Love the part of my job to adapt activities for kids with multiple challenges... when hands can’t hold a paintbrush, modified this dish sponge (covered in bubble wrap for simple cleanup) by taping this easy to hold rattle to it... making for one extremely happy child to participate in painting this fall tree (not even realizing they were working on needed skills of reaching & grasping 🤗) This kiddo also helped cut the tree trunk with these adapted scissors! #occupationaltherapy#loveOT#ot#pediatricoccupationaltherapist#bestjobever#adapt#painting
Set up a little obstacle course today with my pumpkin letter cards from my printable I made the other day! The course included getting 4-5 letter cards out of the sensory bin, propelling self on a scooter board, crawling through tunnel, and then writing the letters on paper. I love adding sensory activities/heavy work to handwriting tasks to help increase attention, focus, and body awareness. ☺️🎃✍🏻
So excited to start my fall activities! This week is all about PUMPKINS! 🎃😀 To work on fine motor skills, hand strengthening, and grasp my students are using tongs to pick up the sparkly pumpkins and put them into the pumpkin ice cube tray I got from dollar tree! I can have kids make patterns, count and put in order, or just put them in for fun any way they choose!
I love working with kiddos using clothespins for hand strengthening and fine motor skills. To go with our squirrel and acorns theme, I got these clip art acorns and tree off of #teacherspayteachers , laminated them, and hot glued the acorns onto the clothespins. Then I had my students put the acorns onto the acorn tree! 🐿🌳
8 years and thousands of hours of studying, volunteering, and interning AND I'm finally in my dream job as a pediatric home health occupational therapist. I got thrown every curve ball treating on my own this week and I stepped up to the plate and hit it home... well I'd like to think I made it to first base atleast. I received my first real pay check!! Yes, I'm at home on a Saturday night tying up odds and ends at work while doing laundry. Yes, I eat tuna on a daily basis - cheap, easy to prepare, and easy to eat as a sandwich when traveling from home to home. Yes, I work long hours. Yes, I put in plenty more hours on paperwork and researching to help my clients outside of my work week. AND I could not be happier NOR would I trade it for anything else! Nothing can beat the feeling of seeing a kid complete something for the first time or watching a parent help their child succeed and develop based on strategies you taught them. Nothing can beat the smiles and affection from the adorable kids and families. Bring on the clients and a more full caseload! Let's go! I'm ready to make a positive impact on more families' lives!
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Space week writing! Every week the kids never let me down with their super creative and fun ideas and handwriting! I love coming up with themes for the week and completing other space activities that they can think about and get ideas from for their writing! ☺️✍🏻🌌💫
For Space Week we made constellations out of mini marshmallows and toothpicks! ✨ this worked on a lot of great skills! We used pincer grasp to manipulate the marshmallows and toothpicks, bilateral hand skills to connect them
together, visual tracking to match the connect the dot picture to the creation, motor planning, tactile play, and following multi step directions. Such a fun project! 💫🌌
Space Week playdough mats! 🌟🌏🌘☄️🚀
I love having my students work with playdough for many reason! It's a great sensory exploration activity when they squish and mold it (tactile and proprioceptive). You can also add essential oils or spices to add an additional sensory component. It's also a great fine motor and bilateral coordination activity when pinching, rolling, creating shapes, using cookie cutters in the playdough, cutting it with scissors. It also helps to strengthen the hands! ✋🏻😄
How many times do you find random items in your pocket after a long day of back-to-back therapy? You’re not alone, check out “What’s in the OT’s Pocket?” on the blog to see the funny items my pockets end up holding. Add the hashtag #whatsintheOTspocket to your post so others can see!
This week in OT..... Space Week! 🌟🌏🌘☄️🚀 Here'a my space themed sensory bin. Just made with dry beans, got some space clipart from #teacherspayteachers , laminated them, and hid them in the sensory bin! The kiddos search for the pictures and can make their own Space scene!