Rainbow Activities for Child Development

Rainbow activities

Here, you will find rainbow activities that are powerful and effective activities to help with child development. I’ve strived to pull together rainbow sensory activities, crafts, fine motor activities, visual motor activities, and movement ideas. Scroll through the various rainbow theme ideas to promote skills for all ages. These are developmental activities to add to your occupational therapy interventions.

Rainbow activities for child development and occupational therapy interventions

Rainbow Activities for Therapy

Each activity below is designed to promote multiple aspects of child development. These are powerful motor activities for developing areas that help kids with functional tasks, coordination, movement, and learning.

Rainbow Fine Motor Activities

This time of year, rainbows are the way to go for building fine motor skills. Try some of these activities to work on fine motor strength, coordination, hand eye coordination, motor planning. You’ll see improvements in pencil control, dexterity, precision, in-hand manipulation, and fine motor skill work.

rainbow pencil control activities

Rainbow pencil control activities– All you need is some colored pencils and paper to work on pencil control, visual motor skills, and hand strengthening.

color mixing rainbow handwriting activity

Rainbow Color Mixing Handwriting Activity– Grab a pack of markers. Kids can work on color mixing and letter formation, letter size, spacing, and handwriting legibility.

Rainbow beads

Rainbow bead bracelets– Use beads and pipe cleaners to make a set of rainbow beads and develop pincer grip, in-hand manipulation skills, bilateral coordination, open thumb web space, arch development, and eye-hand coordination skills.

teach prewriting lines to kids with a rainbow theme

Rainbow PreWriting Lines Activity– This free therapy slide deck is a fine motor and gross motor activity to help kids with pre-writing skills. Kids can work on finger isolation, eye-hand coordination, visual motor skills, and more.

Pot of Gold Coins– Cover cardboard circles or washers with foil to make gold coins. If you can grab some gold wrapping paper or tissue paper, use it to wrap the circles while kids develop bilateral coordination, precision, hand strength, and motor skills.

In this blog post, you’ll also see how to tie scraps of fabric to create a rainbow. This is a fun bilateral coordination activity that builds hand eye coordination skills as well.

Rainbow Play Dough Fine Motor Activity – Use this hand strengthening activity to work on finger isolation, in-hand manipulation, dexterity, and arch development. Here is a rainbow play dough recipe.

Rainbow Bottle Activity– All you need is an empty water bottle and colorful craft pom poms to work on finger isolation, in-hand manipulation, bilateral coordination, hand eye coordination, and dexterity. This is a great rainbow activity for preschoolers or toddlers.

Rainbow Fine Motor Sort– All you need is an ice tray and colorful craft pom poms to work on in-hand manipulation skills, sorting, precision, dexterity, and finger isolation.

Rainbow Scoop and Sort– A simple rainbow sensory bin can include beads, yarn, or any colorful materials and a handful of cotton balls. Add a kitchen utensil or scoops, tongs, or other tools to scoop, manipulate, and work on coordination, and fine motor skill development.

Rainbow Fine Motor Work on the Window– Kids can cut foam sheets into strips to work on scissor skills. Then, stick these to a window or even a shower wall to work on precision, wrist extension, wrist stability, shoulder strength and stability, core strength, and the coordination skills needed for fine motor tasks like pencil control and dexterity.

Rainbow cups

Rainbow Cups– Make a set of these colorful cups and work on bilateral coordination, eye-hand coordination, core strength, motor planning, and more.

Fine Motor Flip and Fill A-Z Letter Pages

Rainbow Flip and Fill Fine Motor Activity– Kids can use these alphabet worksheets to fill the upper case or lowercase letters and develop fine motor skills like in-hand manipulation, eye-hand coordination, precision, open thumb web space, and more, with these color activities in the Colors Handwriting pack and bonus pages.

Rainbow Visual Motor Activities

Visual Motor integration activity using a marker ladder activity

Rainbow Ladder– Use this rainbow visual motor activity to work on visual scanning, visual tracking, visual figure ground, form constancy, visual discrimination, and other visual motor skills needed for handwriting and reading. We used this in a cursive handwriting activity, but you could use the same concept in teaching upper and lowercase letter identification, number writing, sight words, or other multi-sensory learning strategies.

Copy a rainbow visual motor activity

Rainbow Drawing Visual Motor Activities– Use this occupational therapy teletherapy slide deck to encourage kids to copy rainbow drawing forms and build pencil control, visual perceptual skills with simple and complex drawing skills.

Emotion Matching Game– Use this rainbow matching game to teach emotions and social emotional skills. It’s a powerful way to work on visual perceptual skills too, including visual scanning, eye-hand coordination, visual discrimination, and other visual motor skills.

Colors Pre-Writing Pencil Mazes

Rainbow Colors Pre-writing Lines Mazes– These mazes are great for developing pencil control, eye-hand coordination skills, fine motor dexterity, and visual motor skills.

Rainbow Sensory Play

When kids participate in sensory play experiences, they develop tactile sensory exposure and can explore tactile experiences. Use these activities to learn colors, and learn through play! Try these multisensory learning activities to teach colors, and develop sensory exploration through play.

rainbow exercises deep breathing printable

Rainbow Deep Breathing Exercise– Use this rainbow deep breathing exercise as a calming self regulation activity to help with coping strategies and mindfulness.

Rainbow Sensory Bottle– In this rainbow sensory bottle, we used friendship thread to incorporate all the colors of the rainbow, but making a calming sensory bottle can use any materials you have on hand. Use the sensory bottle as a calming sensory tool.

Rainbow Playdough– When kids play with play dough, they gain proprioceptive input through their hands and fingers. This heavy work input is a powerful resistive activity that “wakes up” the hands but also can be calming.

Rainbow Sensory Bins– Making rainbow sensory bins are easy but there are big benefits. Kids can use sensory bins as a tactile sensory experience, but with fine motor benefits like tool use, scooping sorting, fine motor precision, dexterity, manipulation skills, coordination, and so much more. Add sight words and high-frequency words, or math manipulatives to use these rainbow sensory bins in multi-sensory learning opportunities.

Gold Coin Sensory Bin– Use a sensory bin base and add some ribbons and the yellow pieces from a Connect 4 game for a sensory bin.

rainbow xylophone

Rainbow Xylophone– Kids can explore sound, STEAM concepts, and motor skills in this auditory processing activity.

Rainbow Crafts to develop skills

These rainbow crafts are powerful ways to work on fine motor skills, manipulation of tools, dexterity, strength, motor planning skills, handwriting, and more.

Rainbow binoculars craft– Kids can make this rainbow binoculars craft and work on scissor skills, bilateral coordination motor planning, and precision. Then, use this rainbow craft to encourage visual scanning, visual perceptual skills, and more. Can you use this in a color scavenger hunt?

Egg carton rainbows– Use a recycled egg carton and kids can paint in this process art activity that develops grasp, precision, eye-hand coordination, and sensory experiences.

Rainbow Snacks

When children are active in the kitchen, they develop so many fine motor skills, executive functioning skills. The kitchen is a prime location for developing working memory, attention, direction following, as well as offering learning opportunities, as well. Fine motor skills in the kitchen are just some of the benefits of cooking with kids!

Try these rainbow recipes that kids can make and are a perfect addition to a rainbow theme.

Rainbow Snacks– These rainbow snack cups are perfect snacks for preschool. When kids help to make them, they can work on cutting foods, sorting, visual scanning, and fine motor skills, too!

Color Snack– Pair kitchen activities with a popular children’s book to explore colors and developing skills in the kitchen with kids.

Colors Handwriting Kit

Rainbow Handwriting Kit– This resource pack includes handwriting sheets, write the room cards, color worksheets, visual motor activities, and so much more. The handwriting kit includes:

  • Write the Room, Color Names: Lowercase Letters
  • Write the Room, Color Names: Uppercase Letters
  • Write the Room, Color Names: Cursive Writing
  • Copy/Draw/Color/Cut Color Worksheets
  • Colors Roll & Write Page
  • Color Names Letter Size Puzzle Pages
  • Flip and Fill A-Z Letter Pages
  • Colors Pre-Writing Lines Pencil Control Mazes
  • This handwriting kit now includes a bonus pack of pencil control worksheets, 1-10 fine motor clip cards, visual discrimination maze for directionality, handwriting sheets, and working memory/direction following sheet! Valued at $5, this bonus kit triples the goal areas you can work on in each therapy session or home program.

Click here to get your copy of the Colors Handwriting Kit.

 
 
 

Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

Activities for Teaching Colors

teaching colors

There are so many ways to include multisensory play in teaching colors to children. Here, you’ll find hands-on, creative ways to teach colors of the rainbow using play that helps kids develop skills, move, and grow. Use these color activities in preschool or to teach toddlers colors. It’s a fun way to develop visual discrimination skills in young children.

Multisensory activities to teach colors to toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners.

I’m including color activities for kindergarten and school-aged children, as well, because this color themes can be used in therapy activities or to help kids develop handwriting, or visual motor skills in the older grades. There is a lot of fun, hands-on activities listed here that help children learn colors and explore through play!

Activities to teach colors to toddlers

Teaching Colors to Toddlers

Toddler play and development is all about the hands-on exploration of the world. We have a lot of toddler activities designed to develop motor skills and learning here on the website that you’ll want to check out.

To teach colors to toddlers, it’s all about making things fun. These toddler activities will get you started with hands-on development activities.

So many color activities in the toddler years involve sorting colors, identifying colors, and pointing out colors. All of these activities lay the building blocks for visual discrimination that kids will use in reading and writing down the road.

Try these activities for teaching colors to toddlers:

Toddler Color Sorting with Toys– This activity uses toys and items that are found around the home, making the color identification part of every day life. You can use items that the child uses and sees every day.

Teach Color Sorting Activity– This simple color sorting activity is great for families that have a preschooler and a toddler. The preschooler can cut foam sheets and work on scissor skills and then both the preschooler and toddler can sort the paper scraps by color. This is a nice activity that allows siblings to work together to learn concepts and grow skills together.

Color Sort Busy Bag– Toddlers love to drop items into containers, and put things into buckets, bins, and bags…and then take them back out again. It’s all part of the learning process! This color sorting busy bag gives toddlers colored craft sticks or dyed lollipop sticks and has them sort by color. It’s a great activity for developing fine motor skills and coordination, too.

Cup Sorting for Toddlers– This color sorting activity uses items in the home, like plastic toddler cups! There is just something about toddlers playing in the kitchen with baby-safe items…and this one builds pre-literacy and pre-math skills that they will use long down the road…through play!

Talk about colors– Pointing out colors during play, conversation, in reading books, and going for walks…there are so many ways to teach colors to babies and toddlers through everyday conversation. It’s as simple as saying, “look at that blue flower” to add descriptive terms to kids.

Color with painting– Incorporate all of the colors of the rainbow in multisensory activities from a young age. These art play activities incorporates colors into play and learning through art with toddlers.

Teach colors with a ball pit– Use ball pit balls in a baby pool. You can bring a baby pool indoors as a baby ball pit to teach colors.

Teaching colors to preschoolers with multisensory learning activities

Teaching Colors in Preschool

In the preschool stage, learning occurs through play! These color learning activities are designed to promote learning through hands-on exploration, because those are the ways that learning “sticks”…when hands are busy and developing motor skills that they will later need for holding and writing with a pencil. Let’s look at some ways to teach colors in the preschool years:

Teaching Shapes and Colors with Rainbow Rocks by Fun-A-Day- This activity is fun because it uses the heavy weight of rocks to teach colors and shapes. But, kids are also strengthening their hands and gaining motor feedback about objects as they explore colors and other discriminating factors like weight and size.

Color and shape sorting– This preschool color sorting activity gives kids fine motor experiences with wikki stix. Ask preschoolers to copy the shapes, too for extra fine motor skill building and visual motor integration.

Fine Motor Color Sort– Grab an old spice container or cheese container, and some straws. This color sorting activity lays the groundwork for fine motor skill development and math skills. Kids can count the straws as they drop into the container and work on sorting colors while developing open thumb web space, separation of the sides of the hand and arch strength.

Color Matching Water Bin– This color learning activity is a sensory motor activity that also teaches letters. It’s perfect for preschool and kindergarten or even older grades as kids are immersed in multi- sensory learning with letters and pre-reading skills.

Clothespin Color Match– Children will love this fine motor activity that builds hand strength in a big way.

Bear Sees Colors Book and Activity– We used a snack to explore colors with a beloved preschool book. This is multisensory learning at its finest.

Gross Motor Color Games– There are many ways to explore and teach colors using games. Try some of these to add movement and play into learning colors at the preschool level:

  • Color I Spy- Call out a color and kids can run to touch something that is that color. Add variations of movement by asking kids to skip, hop, leap, crawl, or bear walk to touch the colors.
  • Color Simon Says- Call out directions based on clothing colors that kids are wearing. Add as many variations of movement and auditory challenges. This is a great activity for building working memory skills in preschoolers.
  • Color Tag- Kids can play tag and when they tag another player, they need to say a color for that person to go to. Another variation is having the players who are tagged run to a color that the tagger calls out.
Teaching colors to kindergarten children with multisensory learning activities.

Teach Colors in Kindergarten and older grades

Once children are school-aged, teaching colors doesn’t end. In the school years, children explore color mixing, learning about primary colors, and more. Look at all of these color experiences that kids learn during the school years:

  • Spelling color names
  • Learning Primary Colors
  • Learning secondary colors
  • Color mixing
  • Color theory
  • Color wheel
  • Complimentary colors

Try some of these color activities for older children:

Color I Spy free therapy slide deck- This color themed scavenger hunt will get kids up and moving, using the items they have in their home as they work on visual perceptual skills, handwriting, and more. Kids can visually scan around their home to match the colors on the slide deck. Then, there is a handwriting component. This is a great slide deck for anyone working on handwriting skills with kids, virtually.

Color Exercises– Use gross motor exercises and stretches as well as fine motor exercises to get kids moving while working on SO many skill areas: bilateral coordination, motor planning, strengthening, core strength, precision, dexterity, visual motor skills…

Rainbow Deep Breathing Exercise– This free printable PDF is super popular. There’s a reason why: kids love the deep breathing activity and We love the mindfulness, coping skills, calming, and regulation benefits. Great for all ages.

Rainbow Binoculars Craft– Kids can use paper towel tubes in a craft that helps them look for and identify colors. Use these rainbow binoculars in visual scanning, visual discrimination, visual figure-ground, and other perceptual skills.

Colored pencils activities All you need is a couple of colored pencils (or substitute with a regular pencil if that’s all you’ve got on hand) to work on pencil control, line awareness, pencil pressure, and letter formation.

Benefits of coloring with crayons Just grab a box of crayons and build so many fine motor and visual motor skills.

Make crayon play dough– Explore colors with heavy work input through the hands and arms using all the colors of the rainbow. This crayon play dough recipe is a popular sensory recipe here on the website.

Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

Occupational Therapy Documentation Tips

occupational therapy documentation

If you are an occupational therapy practitioner you know all about the dreaded “d” word called documentation. It’s part of the daily life of a therapist, and it can sometimes seem like it’s all we do. Let’s break down this dreaded task with some occupational therapy documentation tips and look at the positive side of documentation in therapy! You’ll find information on SOAP notes in occupational therapy as well as COAST notes and how to combine SOAP notes with COAST notes for client-centered occupational therapy documentation.

Occupational therapy documentation

Daily documentation (along with the dreaded productivity) is not the most fun or anticipated aspect of the occupational therapy profession, but it is a necessary part of it in order to fully appreciate and understand the need for our service and determine if it is making a difference in our client’s life.  Also, we need to do it to get payment for our service and well, let’s face it, make a living!

When it comes to completing all of the daily tasks involved in a therapists’ day, documentation requirements can impact productivity. Here are therapy productivity hacks that can help with getting it all done.

So, with all of that being said, let’s talk about treatment documentation and the necessary components of such to provide evidence for the need of OT services while simultaneously providing a record of client progress and needs. But first, let’s start with taking the negativity out of the process and fill in the blanks with positive ways to view this time-consuming act.

Ok, here we go…

D – Declare OT’s awesomeness

O – Optimistically state potential outcomes

C – Celebrate client’s small successes                                                  

U – Uncover next steps no matter how small

M – Mention “make a difference” engagement

E – Eagerly show client’s need for achievement

N – Narrate your client’s accomplishments

T – Thoughtfully share challenges and how OT can help push through

A – Affirm client’s desires

T – Tactfully explain OT’s unique plan for overcoming obstacles

I – Identify OT as an essential partner in client’s therapy plan

O – Openly communicate earnest client responses

N – Notably inform of client strengths for goal achievement

How’s that for positivity?!

Treatment documentation needs to be provided to share all about your hard work as a therapist and how you make an impact and a difference in the lives of your client’s and their families. There are many ways a therapy practitioner approaches documentation for treatment sessions.

In the 20+ years I have practiced O.T., I have changed my documentation strategies and approaches in a myriad of ways. Every year I tend to change a little more based on experience and the need for clarification of O.T. as a valuable treatment service in the lives of my clients.

Occupational therapy Soap Notes

Occupational therapy SOAP notes cover all aspects of documentation using an easy to remember acronym. Most therapy practitioners utilize the SOAP note format developed by Lawrence Weed, M.D. which originated from his original problem-oriented medical record.

The SOAP note acronym provides the necessary components for treatment documentation that meet the requirements of reimbursement agencies while providing the necessary information to document progress and regression and make a plan for further service.  

Here is a brief review of the S.O.A.P note format:


S is for subjective information which is what the client/family states or presents as relevant to therapy, (think of it as your client’s current status, behavior, or answers to your questions),

O is for objective which is what you and the client did together to address their goals, (think of it as measurable, quantitative, and observable actions during the session)

A is for assessment which is how the client did or how they responded during the treatment, (think of it as adding validity and interpreting the information written in the S and O section), and

P is for plan which is what you intend to do next time to address how the client responded this time such as next steps, revisiting of steps, etc., (think of it as your treatment plan for next time).

Soap notes in occupational therapy documentation

COAST Documentation

A new goal writing method called the C.O.A.S.T. method which was developed by Crystal A. Gateley, PhD, OTR/L and Sherry Borcherding, MA, OTR/L. Coast notes can also provide a solid approach for occupational therapy documentation within the a S.O.A.P. note format.  In the COAST method of note-writing, documentation is client-centered, beginning with the task completed, based on occupations, and includes clear guidelines for documenting levels of assistance, conditions the client performs the tasks within, and time-centric.

When goals are written using the COAST format, it can be easy to stay on target with client-centric goals and interventions. Here is a brief review of the C.O.A.S.T. method for goal-writing:

C is for client. Identify the client being worked with in the treatment session.

O is for occupation. Identify the functional task or goal being addressed in the session.

A is for assist level. What level and type of of assistance is needed for the client to perform the task?

S is for specific condition. What conditions are necessary for the client to achieve the tasks.

T is for time. By when is the goal expected to be achieved?

COAST notes for occupational therapy documentation

SOAP NOTES + COAST NOTES

Joining these two acronym structures can generate a solid treatment note which can provide reimbursement agencies with the necessary information to justify your service while demonstrating the client’s needs and progress.

Following the SOAP note format while interjecting COAST note components will ensure you look at the whole client and provide client-centered documentation validating your service while pushing forward with the treatment to make sure your client achieves their goals so they may live their best life.

These acronym structures can also help you, as the practitioner, in your future paperwork needs for progress reporting, re-assessment, and goal writing that is specific to each of your clients.

What are definite attributes of writing therapy treatment notes? Let’s take a peek here:

1.  Be client specific

2. Be legible and clear

3. Be consistent and organized

4. Be thorough

5. Be timely

6. Be value-based

7. Think positively about OT documentation (refer to acronym DOCUMENTATION above)

The next time you start to sit down and write your treatment notes, visit the DOCUMENTATION acronym above for achieving a positive frame of mind and remember that this is the time to let your skills shine, demonstrate OT’s value in your client’s life and show your client’s progress and needs for an occupation-based service that can help lead to health, well-being, and quality of life.

Regina Allen

Regina Parsons-Allen is a school-based certified occupational therapy assistant. She has a pediatrics practice area of emphasis from the NBCOT. She graduated from the OTA program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in Hudson, North Carolina with an A.A.S degree in occupational therapy assistant. She has been practicing occupational therapy in the same school district for 20 years. She loves her children, husband, OT, working with children and teaching Sunday school. She is passionate about engaging, empowering, and enabling children to reach their maximum potential in ALL of their occupations as well assuring them that God loves them!

Indoor Winter Activities for Kids

indoor winter activities

Here you will find indoor winter activities for kids and indoor winter activities for families. These indoor activities are designed to help kids develop skills when it is too cold to go outside. We’ve used many of these occupational therapy activities when the weather is icy or frigid outside. Fun indoor winter activities can be essential to help kids get their energy out during winter days. This year, indoor therapy ideas may be needed to meet teletherapy needs, as well. Related: Add our Winter Fine Motor Kit to your daily toolbox, to help kids develop fine motor strength and dexterity with easy, no-prep activities.

Indoor winter activities for kids and indoor activities for families to help kids develop skills.

Indoor Winter Activities

I’ve sorted these activities into areas so that you can find activities to meet therapy needs. Included below are indoor activities designed to boost fine motor skills, gross motor skills, visual motor skills, sensory input, regulation, and more.

Winter Activities for Fine Motor Skills

Here are a bunch of winter fine motor activities that we’ve shared in the past.

Use these winter crafts to develop fine motor dexterity and strength.

Here are winter bird crafts and activities.

This icicle craft builds visual motor skills and scissor skills, too.

Use these winter books to pair with a fine motor craft or activity based on the book.

Make this snowman painting craft to build precision and dexterity.

Cut mini snowflakes for a fine motor activity that builds hand strength and heavy work input.

Play tic tac toe with miniature snowflakes. This is also a great sight word activity, too.

This winter snowflake stamp art is a fun fine motor activity that looks great and the kids love.

The Winter Fine Motor Kit has materials to print-and-go, including arctic animal finger puppets to develop finger isolation, toothpick art activities with winter themes, crumble art pages, coloring and pencil control activities for building strength and endurance in the hands. All of these materials are included in a 100 page packet with winter themes: snowmen, mittens, snowflakes, penguins, polar bears, arctic animals, and more.

Indoor Winter Activities for Gross Motor Skills

Here are winter-themed bilateral coordination activities to work on motor planning and coordination skills.

Here are indoor recess activities to use during the winter months

Use these winter brain break activities to add movement and gross motor work during the indoor months.

Try this snowflake theme balance beam for indoor play, balance, coordination, and motor planning.

Use this indoor snowball fight to work on eye-hand coordination skills.

Winter Sensory Activities

Try these snow and ice themed activities.

Here is a snowflake themed proprioceptive activity that helps kids develop motor planning skills, coordination, and strengthening.

This indoor snowball activity adds vestibular input as well as eye-hand coordination skills.

Use a blanket to create a sensory winter themed heavy work activity.

These winter mindfulness activities can help with self-regulation, awareness, and social emotional skills.

Use these January occupational therapy calendars for vestibular and proprioceptive sensory input.

Try these snowball theme activities to incorporate movement and learning during winter months.

Here are winter science experiments that incorporate the senses and hands-on learning.

winter fine motor kit

Click here to access the Winter Fine Motor Kit and develop fine motor skills and dexterity with winter themes.


Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

Vision 101 Course

Vision 101 course for occupational therapists

You might know that there is a lot of vision information and resources on visual processing here on the website. Today, I’m excited to bring you all of those vision resources in one place and to to share information on Vision 101, a new vision course that you will find useful.

The Vision 101 course is a giveaway item today in the Therapy Tools and Toys Giveaway series. (Giveaway now closed)

Vision 101 for vision resources, visual efficiency, and occupational therapy resources and OT interventions for visual processing in kids.

Vision 101

Vision problems are very common in children that receive occupational therapy.

If you are looking for information on visual processing and vision in kids, then you are in the right place. Check out the various resources and tools available here on The OT Toolbox:

Free Visual Perception Packet– Print and go! These free visual perceptual skills worksheets cover a variety of topics and themes. Work on visual closure, visual scanning, visual discrimination, and more.

Vison Screening Packet– Use this vision screening packet to screen for vision issues that impact occupational performance and education in learning and school tasks.

Vision Information– Check out all of the vision blog posts here on the website.

Vision Activities– Let’s break down vision! These vision activities address specific skills in fun and creative ways. You’ll find information on vision definitions and activities to work on each aspect of visual processing.

Free Visual Processing Lab– This free email course covers tons of information on visual processing and breaks down this massive topic into visual motor integration, visual perception, and visual efficiency…and then explains each aspect.

Visual Processing Checklist– This printable checklist is perfect for screening visual needs in the school setting.

Vision’s Impact on Learning– The fact is that children with vision issues are impacted in their learning. Here’s what you need to know.

Visual Motor Skills– Let’s face it. Much of what we do on a daily basis involves visual motor integration. Here is all of the info and resources to address visual motor skills in kids.

Visual Processing Bundle– This resource is a must-have for all things vision. It includes 17 products that you can use in therapy sessions to work on vision needs impacting occupational performance.

Want to gain continuing education credits while you learn how to apply vision interventions into your school-based practice? Vision 101 is your resource!

Vision 101 course for occupational therapy practioners

Vision 101 Course for School-Based OTs

Vision 101 is a course created by my friend Jaime at Miss. Jaime OT. She’s created this AOTA-approved course as a tool to help you improve your skills as a school-based occupational therapist. In the course, you can learn how to detect, screen for, and treat the visual difficulties that impact students’ learning

Vision 101 for School-based Occupational Therapy Practitioners is a tool to help you understand how vision deficits impact a child’s ability to learn and participate in school work.

The course offers resources on how to help students learn and participate in school tasks.

Included in the Vision course is information on:

  • Vision and the school-based therapist
  • Recognizing possible visual impediments to learning
  • Understanding visual diagnoses
  • Assessing and documenting eye movements
  • Visual characteristics of common pediatric diagnosis
  • Treatment Ideas
  • Vision and telehealth

Vision in the school setting

Check out the blog comments below for common questions about vision in the school setting.

Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

Occupational Therapy Entrepreneurs

occupational therapy entrepreneurs

Today’s giveaways in our annual Therapy Tools and Toys Giveaways series (Giveaway is now closed) holds a special place in my heart. Today, I’m featuring occupational therapy entrepreneurs who are creating resources, gifts, and toys that promote the profession of occupational therapy. These are occupational therapists and COTAs who have created a nontraditional therapy business that offer resources, private practice, and out-of-the box entrepreneurship!

Each of the OT businesses featured here promote products and resources for others using their knowledge and experiences as occupational therapy practitioners. With all that this year has brought our way in the need for virtual therapy, and an astonishing impact on small businesses, it is my absolute pleasure to promote and feature these occupational therapy small businesses.

Traits of an occupational therapy entrepreneur

Occupational Therapy Entrepreneurs

There is just something about occupational therapists and the profession of OT that makes it a natural in the business world. Occupational therapists are natural entrepreneurs for so many reasons!

As occupational therapy professionals, we have the unique ability to impact and change lives with a whole-body approach to addressing clinical needs. What if, as professionals, we took that holistic viewpoint and inner drive to see people thrive… and coupled it with the zeal and ambition of an entrepreneur?

Therapists are innovators and motivators. We make evidenced-based decisions and have a compelling public image in facilities, schools, clinics, and the community. We have the ability to influence the marketplace and in collaboration with other professionals.

These elements of business creation are outlined as some of the eight vision components in AOTA’s Centennial Vision and Executive Summary. (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2007). That same creative excitement can be applied to one’s own entrepreneurial goals. In fact, “occupational therapy has great entrepreneurial potential, with relatively low risk for entry” (Anderson & Nelson, 2011).

Connecting the dots from the traits of an OT to the traits of a business owner is pretty easy when you think about it. We have many of the very skills engrained in us.

Therapists, in most cases, excel at these skills:

  • Bravery
  • Creativity
  • Innovation
  • Confidence
  • Persistence
  • Organization
  • Time Management
  • Goal Mindedness
  • Confidence
  • Humbleness to ask for help when needed
  • Friendly and honest
  • Able to set and maintain schedules
  • Open to new ideas
  • Skilled in networking
  • Calm and level-headed under pressure
  • Aware of personal weaknesses and able to ask for help
  • Willingness to learn and learn some more!

These are attributes of business owners. These skills are needed to conceptualize, create, and run a business. These are the skills needed for entrepreneurship!

Those are also quite a lot of “OT traits”, right??

These are essential traits of therapeutic use of self. These are the skills that allows us to connect with our clients, pivot on a dime, and reach functional outcomes.

It’s no wonder that occupational therapists are naturals at entrepreneurship.

Occupational Therapy Businesses

So, now that we’ve talked about the attributes that therapists have making them naturals at business, let’s celebrate and support our fellow OTs who have taken steps to start a business.

Below are OT-created/owned businesses that are creating, sharing, and providing resources designed to help others. They are using their OT hats to create a business and make it work!

Check out these OT innovators and occupational therapy businesses! Let’s support your fellow occupational therapy entrepreneurs by following them on social media and browsing their products.

Occupational therapy business prize from a business created by occupational therapists.

Fine Motor Boot Camp- Developed by a Speech-Language Pathologist and Occupational Therapist, Fine Motor Boot Camp was developed to meet cognitive, language and fine motor needs in under 15 minutes a day using simple, inexpensive materials. 

Support Fine Motor Boot Camp by following Fine Motor Boot Camp on Instagram.

Occupational therapy business prize from a business created by occupational therapists.

Play Spark- Play Spark is a new business created by a speech language practitioner and an occupational therapist who offer green screens and materials to foster therapeutic interventions in virtual therapy sessions.

Support Play Spark by following Play Spark on Instagram.

Occupational therapy business prize from a business created by occupational therapists.

Telehealth OT Services– Created by occupational therapist, Reina Olivera, Telehealth OT Services is a resource providing training and education to OT providers on all things teletherapy.

Support Telehealth OT Services by following Telehealth OT Services on Instagram.

Occupational therapy business prize from a business created by occupational therapists.

Full Range Therapy Supplies- Full Range Therapy Supplies offers therapeutic materials and supplies such as h as Nosey Cups, Nuk Massage Brushes, Chewy Tubes, Sensory Brushes, and feeding equipment.

Support Full Range Supplies by following Full Range Therapy Supplies on Facebook.

Occupational therapy business prize from a business created by occupational therapists.

Forward Therapy Solutions- With over 30 years of experience in guiding parents in their child’s development, pediatric occupational therapist Sharon Drewlo brings you “GUIDE & GROW: Baby’s 1st Year“. This book is an easy-to-navigate monthly guide to understanding and supporting your baby’s development throughout the first year with monthly milestones and developmental information to support your little one’s development through their first year. Check out the book Guide & Grow: Baby’s 1st Year: A Monthly Guide to Development, Milestones and Activities to Support Baby’s Development

Support Forward Therapy Solutions by following on Forward Therapy Solutions on Facebook.

Occupational therapy business prize from a business created by occupational therapists.

OT Holly- OT Holly is an OT small business created by an occupational therapist who provides and shares opportunities for toddler play and child development. These activities and educational resources are specifically designed for parents of 1-4 year old children and includes trainings, printables and a month play digital magazine.

Support OT Holly by following on OT Holly on Instagram.

Occupational therapy business prize from a business created by occupational therapists.

WooTherapy- WooTherapy is the maker of Woo Tape, a handwriting tool for kids. Created by occupational therapist, Meghan, this handwriting tape allows children tactile feedback and visual cues for handwriting on any type of paper.

Support WooTherapy by following WooTherapy on Instagram.

Occupational therapy business prize from a business created by occupational therapists.

Purpose Therapeutic BoxPurpose Therapy Box is a subscription box created by two COTAs, Holi and Ali. Together they created Purpose The Therapeutic Subscription Box in order to decrease sadness and loneliness within the older adult population using products and encourage aging in place. The boxes inspire positivity and enhance quality of life through personalized products that encourage independence, well being, and improve overall health. 

Support Purpose Therapy Box by following Purpose Therapy Box on Instagram.

Occupational therapy business prize from a business created by occupational therapists.

Skootle BoxSkootle Box is a subscription box containing toys and materials to help parents help their children succeed. Items are carefully chosen and come with guided therapy inspired instructions on how to use the activities with your child and what skills it is working on. 

Support Scootle Box by following Skootle Box on Instagram.

Ot entrepreneurs

OT Park- OT Park Box is a kids subscription box designed by a pediatric OT. The monthly boxes include age appropriate and developmentally correct activities for kids age groups 0-3 years and boxes have categories: 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months, 2-2.5 years and 2.5-3 years

Support OT Park Box by following OT Park Box on Instagram.

Occupational therapy business prize from a business created by occupational therapists.

Creative Kits by K&S- Started by occupational therapist and preschool teachers, Kelly & Sara, Creative Kits by K& S offers themed sensory kits for toddlers & preschoolers. These sensory activities are thoughtfully designed sensory play and small world play kits for young children.

Support Creative Kits by following on Creative Kits on Instagram.

Occupational therapy business prize from a business created by occupational therapists.

Laddalove Creations- Created by a COTA, Laddalove Creations offers custom t-shirts, mugs, masks, and wooden creations, especially for occupational therapy practitioners. These items are designed to spark joy and brighten the day of an occupational therapist!

Support LaddaLove Creations: Follow on Ladda Love Creations on Instagram.

Occupational therapy business prize from a business created by occupational therapists.

Stepping Stones- Created by an educator, Stepping Stones offers activity cards using everyday materials and centers on fine motor skill development for children aged 3-6 years of age. These activity cards are carefully designed to use things that you ordinarily have at home.

Support Stepping Stones: Follow on Stepping Stones on Instagram.

Support occupational therapy entrepreneurs!

Want to support occupational therapy entrepreneurs AND fill your emotional toolbox with prizes, resources, and therapy materials?

Let’s support occupational therapy small businesses!

Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

Therapy Tools Giveaway 2020

Therapy giveaway for occupational therapists, teachers, and parents.

2020 has been a year like no other. This year calls for a mega giveaway! Let’s celebrate therapists, teachers, and parents with the 2020 Therapy Tools Giveaway!

Giveaway is now closed.

The winners are…

I wish I could send a big toy or tool to each and every therapist, educator, and parent out there, because you are all stars in my book!

Here are the winners of this year’s giveaways…

  1. Parachute- Jill A.
  2. Carpet Markers-Melissa G.
  3. Agility Cones- Nelly R.
  4. Ball Launcher- Jennifer J.
  5. Bucket Stilts- Amanda S.
  6. Zoom Ball- Michelle M.
  7. Radio Flyer Push Walker- Jodi K.
  8. Vision 101 Course- Stacie M.
  9. Art Play Book- Valarie C.
  10. Whatsitsface toy-Kathy S.
  11. OT Park Box- Bridget S.
  12. Telehealth OT pack- Amy C.
  13. OT Holly- Sheila S.
  14. Fine Motor Boot Camp- Tanya R.
  15. Play Spark- Ashley R.
  16. WooTape- Stacy R.
  17. Purpose Therapeutic Box- Carla M.
  18. Skootle Box- Courtney K.
  19. Laddalove Creations- Jennifer C.
  20. Stepping Stones- Michaela C.
  21. Forward Therapy Solutions- Sarah M.
  22. Full Range Therapy Supplies- Rachelle S.
  23. Creative Kits- Jenny T.
  24. Big Life Journal- Melisa C.
  25. Sensory Meltdowns Course- Jill O.
  26. Radio Flyer Balance Bike- Amy B.
  27. Avalanche Fruit Stand- Gillian L.
  28. Pop Tubes- Marie M.
  29. Spike the FM Hedgehog- Grace T.
  30. Bucket of Perler Fuse Beads- Olivia B.

I had so much fun bringing these giveaway items each day. Stay tuned for next year’s series! Check out the items that were a part of this year’s fun below.

I wanted to celebrate and honor all of the work that you’ve done this year and bring something fun and exciting this year…maybe a change from the sales emails that you may be seeing in your inbox during this holiday season.

Therapy tools giveaway for occupational therapists, teachers, and parents.

It’s been YOU, the therapists, educators, and parents that are working with children who are feeling the impact of 2020 in major ways. It’s been YOU that are feeling burnout, overworked, and exhausted.

And, we all know that therapists and teachers, many times, purchase materials with their own money to use in their work and that fact often doesn’t often get recognized.

Each day, I am blessed to serve therapists, parents, and teachers all over the world while promoting the profession of OT. During all that this year has brought, it is my hope that The OT Toolbox has made things just a little easier.

Each year around this time, I partner with brands and services to bring giveaway items to fill therapist’s/parent’s/teacher’s toolboxes with resources and toys. This year, I am excited to say that the Annual Therapy Tools and Toys Giveaway is bigger than ever!

Therapy Tools Giveaway

I am so grateful and incredibly proud of the readers of The OT Toolbox. You are professionals, advocates, and servants, defenders, and counselors. You are leaders, educators, and supporters of those looking for their ability to do and be. You are the manager of function and the chief of ability. By using your sincere empathy, insight, judgement, and expertise, you are the means for guiding those you serve towards capability. The profession is proud to have you. You are an instrument to build up others and the system to establish function.

You are the reason that so many flourish with their daily occupations. You are the roadmap to ability in the day to day skills that make up our classrooms, clinics, and communities. You deserve so much more than these items. These giveaways are just a simple way to express gratitude for you and all you do on a daily basis.

Celebrating Therapists, Teachers, Parents

So, to kick off the holiday season with gratitude and thanks, I’m excited to announce the Annual Therapy Tools and Toys Giveaway!

This is the place you will need to come back to each day over the course of the next 10 days. Each day, you will find a new therapy giveaway item “turned on”. If you missed entering any of the past giveaways, don’t worry! Just go back and enter those giveaways. All giveaways end on December 6th at 11:59 pm PST. Winners will be notified by email. Prizes will be fulfilled by the brand or company offering the giveaway. For some prizes, a full name and physical mailing address will need to be obtained via email so the prize can be mailed out.

Scroll through the images below and enter each one beginning on the day indicated. I’m excited to share each of the items below.

You’ll find therapy items that you can use in your practice, in the clinic, classroom, or home. There are sensory tools, handwriting products, massive therapy resource bundles, amazing therapeutic toys, and so much more. You are going to love each item!

Giveaways are now closed.

THERAPY Tool #1: Radio Flyer Air Ride Balance Bike

Click HERE to enter for a chance to win a Radio Flyer Air Ride Balance Bike!

Therapy Tool #2: Fine Motor Toys!

Click HERE for a chance to win a fine motor toy!

THERAPY Tool #3: Big Life Journal!

Big life journal giveaway

Click HERE for a chance to win a Big Life Journal!

THERAPY Tool #4: OT Business Owners & Entrepreneur Prizes

occupational therapy giveaway

Click Here for a chance to win these prizes and more from occupational therapy entrepreneurs and small businesses!

THERAPY Tool #5: Sensory Meltdowns Course

sensory meltdowns course

Click HERE for a chance to win the Overcoming Sensory Meltdowns course!

THERAPY Tool #6: Emotional Development Toy

Emotional Development Toys

Click HERE to enter to win a WhatsitsFace Emotional Development Toy!

THERAPY Tool #7: Art Play!

Art play activities for kids

CLICK HERE to Win a copy of Art Play!

THERAPY Tool #8: Vision 101 Course

Vision 101 course for occupational therapy practitioners.

CLICK HERE TO WIN Access to the VISION 101 Course!

THERAPY Tool #9: Radio Flyer Push Toy

CLICK HERE to win a Radio Flyer Push Toy!

THERAPY Tool #10: Gross Motor Toys

CLICK HERE to win one of these Gross Motor Toys!

Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.

Child in therapy? Start Here

Have a child in therapy? This resource for parents of kids in occupational therapy is a great starting point for OT resources parents need.

Understanding therapy for kids can be overwhelming for the parents. Now especially, with distancing requirements, hybrid learning, or teletherapy, occupational therapy services might look different than you expected. Let’s break down pediatric occupational therapy so your questions and concerns are answered and the overwhelm dissipates a little. Ok, so you’ve received a recommendation to have your child screened or evaluated by occupational therapy. So what next? What does that mean? When there is an apparent need to take your child to therapy, it can be helpful to know what to expect. You might have a lot of questions about getting started with your child in therapy. I want to create a space where your questions are answered when it comes to occupational therapy. So, sit back, relax, and read on…

Have a child in therapy? This resource for parents of kids in occupational therapy is a great starting point for OT resources parents need.

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy is a service that helps people achieve function and independence in the things that are important to them…in the things that occupy one’s day. OTs do this by offering adaptations, modifications, and by addressing underlying factors that impact independence.

Let’s take it a step further; Think about what you do in a single day: getting out of bed, brushing your teeth, getting dressed, making the bed, making and eating breakfast, getting out the door on time and with everything you need for the day, doing your job at work and everything that entails, driving, shopping for groceries, setting the table, balancing your checkbook. This list could go on and on and on!

All of these skills are your daily occupations, or things that occupational therapists can help one accomplish so they are as independent and functional as possible. But there’s more to it than just the daily tasks. There’s also the ability to physically accomplish these jobs. There’s the ability to staying focused on the task at hand, prioritize what’s important, and to stay organized. There’s safety and higher level thinking involved. There’s tolerance to one’s senses and the world around you. There’s balance, vision, coordination, and endurance involved. Essentially, every system in your body needs to be working optimally so that you can be as functional as possible during each and every task that you accomplish during the day.

Kids in therapy can accomplish so much! Occupational therapy works on all of these things!

Occupational therapy is the climb quote.

What do occupational therapists work on with kids?

Occupational therapists can work on many different things with kids.

Occupational Therapy In Schools:

  • Any need that impacts education or learning
  • Fine motor skills
  • Cutting with scissors
  • Handwriting
  • Assistive technology to improve education or learning
  • Managing containers in the lunch room
  • Keyboarding or typing as an accommodation to learning
  • Sensory needs that impact education
  • Staying organized
  • Cognitive processing
  • Attention
  • Visual processing
  • Executive functioning
  • Motor abilities
  • Self-regulation
  • Participation in the classroom

Occupational therapy In the Home or Outpatient Settings:

  • Play
  • Self-care skills- getting dressed, grooming, bathing, caring for oneself and the tasks associated with self-care
  • Leisure activities
  • Sleep
  • Toileting and potty training
  • Safety in the community
  • Feeding and oral motor skills
  • Sensory processing
  • Self-regulation
  • Emotional-regulation
  • Social participation
  • Executive functioning skills- organization, attention, working memory, planning, prioritization, impulse control, and other skills
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Balance and gross motor coordination

Occupational therapy can also work with children in early intervention or birth though 3 years of age on development of skills. This can occur as a result of a disability or difficulty in developing certain skills. Still other aspects of care can be related to autism, sensory integration needs, mental health, and specific diagnoses.

Who Needs occupational therapy?

The above lists might help explain the question of who OTs service, but it can be helpful to have a list of those who benefit from occupational therapy. This diagnosis list should give you a starting point, but know that OT works with anyone struggling to achieve functional skills or independence in an aspect of any task! This page is referring to pediatric occupational therapy interventions.

  • Autism Spectrum, Asperger’s syndrome
  • Sensory processing disorders
  • Auditory processing disorders
  • Visual processing impairments
  • PANDAs
  • Birth injuries or birth defects
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Behavioral or mental health impairments
  • Visually impaired
  • Traumatic injuries to the brain or spinal cord
  • Traumatic injuries to the body- amputation’s, etc.
  • Learning disabilities or learning problems
  • Developmental delays
  • Brachial plexus injuries
  • Down Syndrome
  • Rett’s Syndrome
  • Spina Bifida
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Childhood stroke
  • Pediatric rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cognitive disorders
  • Broken bones, injuries, surgical impairments, or other orthopedic injuries
  • Post-surgical impairments or conditions
  • Motor or coordination impairments
  • MUCH, much more!

How does occupational therapy work?

When it comes to occupational therapy, one thing is for certain. There are no two treatment plans that are alike. That’s because OT is so specialized! What is important for one child may be goals for them in occupational therapy while another child with similar needs will have completely different goals to address.

Parents can work closely with occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants to implement strategies and home programs in the home.

Identifying specific needs and progress toward goals requires contact between parents, caregivers, and the occupational therapist professional.

Many times, OTs work with the family as a whole to address challenges faced by the family of a child with needs.

In most states, occupational therapists require a doctor’s order in order to administer evaluation and intervention services. In the schools, typically, the child’s educational recommends a need for occupational therapy evaluation.

How will my child receive teletherapy?

If your child has received occupational therapy services in the past, you might be wondering how teletherapy works. Or, maybe your child is new to therapy and the thought of having a child in therapy via a computer screen seems impossible. You have valid concerns! Occupational therapy is very much centered on hands-on interaction with the therapist who strives to help your child build skills and accommodate for adjustments needed in positioning, motor skills, etc. and that service is very much an in-person skilled service.

Ask any occupational therapist and they will say they WANT to be face-to-face with your child, physically playing with your sweet kiddo, and interactiving in a hands-on ways.

However, occupational therapists are skilled at problem solving, adjusting to needs and the environment, and pivoting on a dime. OTs have got the requirements of social distancing as a result of a global pandemic in the bag!

Therapists are excelling at providing fun, engaging, and skill-building services through digital, virtual therapy, and through motivating and encouraging hybrid versions of therapy that needs to be done during these strange times.

Teletherapy is just one more hat that occupational therapists have had to wear and they are excelling at it! Here is more information on teletherapy and what it looks like.

Resources for parents of a child in therapy

Your child’s occupational therapist will be the biggest advocate on your child’s team. Use them as a resource! However, I wanted to offer resources here as well. These are great places to start when it comes to discovering tools, strategies, and specific activities that can help your child. I’ve had many parents of kids receiving therapy tell me that they’ve passed information and resources from this site onto their therapists. I’ve also had many therapists tell me that they’ve found this site because of a parent’s recommendation or request to work on specific areas of need. This is your starting space to find the resources and tools that will best serve your child.

Occupational Therapy Home ProgramsSTART HERE for activities to work on occupational therapy goals or specific skills at home, so kids can do the very activities that your child’s OT might suggest to supplement or support therapy services.

Executive Function Resources for Parents

Executive Functioning ResourcesSTART HERE for resources, activities, and strategies to address attention, impulse control, planning, prioritization, organization, problem solving, and other brain-related challenges that impact learning and accomplishing chores or daily tasks at home.

Fine Motor Resources for parents

Fine Motor SkillsSTART HERE for specific activities designed to help kids develop stronger hands so they can manipulate toys and clothing fasteners…or have enough endurance to color a picture without complaining their hands are tired…or have strong fingers that can hold the pencil so they can write neatly and so you can read their handwriting.

Occupations of Kids…resources for Parents to Help Kids Become More Independent

Occupations– START HERE to help your child build independence in their daily tasks like getting themselves dressed, tying their shoes, learning to type, potty training, staying safe in the community, and all of the exact ways that parents want their children to grow and learn.

HandwritingSTART HERE to understand what’s going on behind sloppy handwriting. You’ll find resources and specific strategies to help kids write on the lines, space between words, form letters accurately, learn cursive writing, so they can write independency and so you and others can read their writing.

Sensory Resources for parents

Sensory– START HERE to help your child manage their behaviors, emotions, and all things “sensory”. OTs help kids tolerate and accommodate for sensory input like that scratchy tag on their clothes or their hatred for the sock seam on their feet. They can help kids with the tools they need for picky eating, specific sounds, or other sensory issues. Therapists can help you create a sensory diet that works and that kids actually want to do. There is so much to sensory and you can find activities and tools to help.

Vision– START HERE for information on what’s going on behind trouble with reading, coordination troubles, or even math. Did you know that vision is related to all of these things? It’s true! Here, you’ll find your way on how to help your child with visual perceptual skills, visual motor skills, eye-hand coordination, and even motor planning! Wondering what these words even mean and how they relate to your kiddo? We’ve got you covered!

A final note to parents of a child in therapy

There is a lot to consider when it comes to occupational therapy for your child. One thing is for certain, though: in occupational therapy, dreams and that far-reaching goal does become possible. Whether it’s getting your child to follow morning routines, banishing picky eating, or helping your kiddo to regulate their emotions, occupational therapy can help.

Occupational therapists use play, activities, and strategies that address underlying areas so that your child can accomplish the goals they have for themselves, too. From learning to ride a bike, learning cartwheels, or mastering climbing that tree.

One thing is for certain; having a child in therapy that is led by an occupational therapist will lead to organizing, motivating, and fun play that drives independence in your child!

Be sure to reach out to your child’s occupational therapist with specific questions!

Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.