Let’s Move! Creative Ideas for Active Play

Written by: Angela Stinman, PTA With the possibility of playgrounds, pools, and splash pads being closed over the coming months, many parents are wondering “What will my kids do all summer?” There are still several ways to get out and be active at home all summer long. Going for walks, bike rides, and hiking are […]

Cooking & Baking with Kids – Mix Up Some Fun!

Written By:  Ashley Grossenbacher, MOT, OTR/L Cooking and baking are great activities for kids for a variety of reasons. These tasks help with fine motor skills, hand and arm strengthening, executive functioning, and provide great opportunities for sensory play. This weekend we made soft pretzels from scratch. We incorporated an educational piece into the activity […]

Paper Plate Play

It is important for your child to have a useful grasp to become efficient with writing and coloring. Two grips are illustrated: Tripod Grip and Quadropod Grip. An occupational therapist can help to evaluate fine motor skills of your child and recommend if a grip is

Written By: Ashley Grossenbacher, MOT, OTR/L All you need to get started are some scissors, crayons, or markers, white or construction paper, and a paper plate! You can add to the fun with popsicle sticks, tape or glue, pipe cleaners, extra beads or buttons, or any other craft or scrap material you have around the […]

Who is that Man?…. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, It’s MAT MAN!

Pediatric Therapy Center use interactive metronome in its occupational therapy program. The interactive metronome is a game-like auditory-visual platform to engage the patient and provide constant feedback at the millisecond level to promote synchronized timing in the brain. Neural timing deficits can be found in patients with ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, Reading Disorders, Auditory Processing Disorder, Parkinson’s, and other conditions.

Written By: Kellie Costello, MOT, OTR/L Mat Man is a concept designed by the Learning Without Tears® (LWT – formerly Handwriting Without Tears) program as a fun way to work on body awareness while preparing children for other important pre-writing skills. Mat Man has a head, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, body, arms, hands, legs and […]

Telehealth Behavioral Strategies

Pediatric Therapy Center utilizes adaptive bikes in its physical therapy program to help children with special needs have a sense of their own freedom, pride and self-assurance that they do not experience in other ways.

Written By:  Lori Podany, OTD, OTR/L To all our amazing parents and caregivers that have jumped into teletherapy with us – we are so grateful for you! We could not do this without you, and we know that you have likely found yourself in many new roles between working from home, assisting with therapy, and […]