Friday, March 23, 2018

Developmental Milestone Chart: 24 to 30-Months

What an exciting time!  Your toddler is likely talking more every day, and she may even have started engaging in pretend play. The developmental milestone chart below lists many of the different skills that typically emerge between 24 and 30 months of age.

     Click HERE to download a copy of the chart.

The project above was completed by Master of Occupational Therapy students at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and posted with permission.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Have OT services made a difference in your child’s life?
Update!  AOTA Board President has responded to the concerns about the OTD degree requirement.  This is wonderful news!  Click on the link below to hear her message, and if you haven't had a chance, please click on the second link and sign the petition.

I'm an occupational therapist, and I love my profession, but the "powers that be" recently mandated that a doctorate (OTD) degree will eventually be required to enter the field of OT.  This is called “degree inflation,” and it will likely lead to increased costs of care for OT services, the closing of OT programs, and shortages of OTs. No doubt, it will cause irreparable damage to the OT profession! An OTD degree should be an option but not required.
If OT services made a difference in your child’s life or helped someone you care about be more independent with daily living skills, please take 1 minute to click on the link below and sign this petition to stop the OTD mandate.  Thanks so much, and please share!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Clothespin Activities for Fine Motor Skills

The following clothespin activities will help your child strengthen the fingers, which will likely improve fine motor skills and help with handwriting and other manipulative tasks.  Vary the activity to work on matching colors, improving math skills, and spelling.

You Will Need:
A ruler or paint stirrer
Different colors of Sharpie markers
Different colors of stickers

To Make the Activity: 
Place colored stickers on the clothespins and the paint stirrer.  You can also use a Sharpie to write/draw shapes, numbers, math symbols and letters on the clothespins and paint stirrer. 

Activity Instructions:
Have the child match and place the corresponding clothespins to the sticker colors.
Have the child spell words.
Have the child complete simple math problems.
Have the child can alternate which hands when placing and squeezing the clothespins.
If the child can't differentiate colors/numbers, etc. you can help them identify which one to match.
Position the stick to encourage the child to cross their midline.