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Gross Motor Skill Activities to Help Children Develop Play Skills

Children need to play to learn. In today's fast-paced, technology-driven world, children are struggling to develop the foundational skills for play. Here are 10 gross motor skill activities to help children develop play skills starting as babies.

Fred Rogers once said, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning, but for children, play is serious learning.” Children need to play to learn.  In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world, children are struggling to develop the foundational skills for play.  In order for children to be successful with play, […]

How to Select Appropriate Toys for Young Children

how to select appropriate toys for young children

Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatrics recently published a report on how to select appropriate toys for young children in the digital era?  I am SO EXCITED about this report because it highlights the benefits of simple toys and human connection for children (plus they mention that speech therapists, OTs and PTs […]

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How to Facilitate Play Skills in Children with Autism

Playtime helps all children develop communication, social, cognitive, and motor skills. Parents, teachers, and therapists need to learn how to facilitate play skills in children with autism.

How to Facilitate Play Skills in Children with Autism Playtime helps all children develop communication, social, cognitive, and motor skills.  For children with autism, difficulties with language, social skills, and motor skills may be present.  In addition, pretend play skills can be delayed.  Parents, teachers, and therapists need to learn how to facilitate play skills in children […]

Board Game Play for Young Children with Disabilities

Research indicates that play is associated with improved social and communication skills and promotes improved physical and mental health.  In addition, play provides opportunities to foster relationships with caregivers and peers.  There are many benefits of board game play for young children with disabilities.

Board Game Play for Young Children with Disabilities Play skills are essential for young children with disabilities to practice during early development.  Research indicates that play is associated with improved social and communication skills and promotes improved physical and mental health.  In addition, play provides opportunities to foster relationships with caregivers and peers.  Obviously, there are many different […]

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3 Simple Tips to Improve Playtime for Children with Disabilities

3 Simple Tips to Improve Playtime for Children with Disabilities

3 Simple Tips to Improve Playtime for Children with Disabilities Children learn through play and parents help to direct that play throughout development.  For children with disabilities, playtime can sometimes be a struggle based on the child’s physical abilities (i.e. hand manipulation), toy choice and environment.  The overall goal of playtime is for children to […]

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Research: Constraint Induced Movement Therapy Improves Upper Limb Activity

The Journal of Physiotherapy completed a research review examining whether constraint-induced movement therapy improves upper limb activity and participation in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.  Only randomized trials (31 papers out of 597 screened abstracts) were included in the review.   The randomized trials included children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy with any level of motor […]

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Side Stepping Ball Drop Activity

Side stepping ball drop is a fun activity to set up that encourages standing, side stepping, reaching, crossing midline, trunk rotation and wrist extension.  You will need recycled cardboard tubes, tape, balls (that fit inside the tubes) and a bench.  This idea is from Therapeutic Play Activities for Children. For set up, tape the recycled cardboard tubes along the wall near the back […]

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Positioning for Play

During physical play time, children tend to move through various positions and during sedentary play time children tend to maintain the same position for a longer period of time. For example, when playing hide and go seek children move in all different ways such as sitting, crawling, squatting, walking or running. In contrast, when completing […]

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8 Playtime Modifications for Children with Disabilities

Whether it be at home, daycare, school or extracurricular activities, children with disabilities may benefit from modifications during playtime. Here are 8 questions to ask when assessing a child’s needs during playtime: Does the environment need to be modified? If the physical environment is adapted perhaps the child will be able to be more independent […]