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Body Language Therapy Blog

Helpful information about speech, occupational and feeding therapy for today's kids.

Happy Occupational Therapy Month!

OT is not just for handwriting! In honor of OT month, here are a few of my favorite things to work on with our Body Language kiddies.   Shoe tying, buttoning, zippering ~ there is nothing like hearing “I did it all by myself!” Scissor skills Interacting with peers ~ we offer awesome social skills groups and have seen amazing progress with our kiddies Self help skills like brushing your teeth and getting dressed ~ important life skills Hand eye coordination Gross motor skills: jumping, hopping, running ~ obstacle courses are the best! Ball skills: catching, throwing, kicking  

Food Fun with a Snowman

Does it get any cuter? One of our favorite kiddies making an applesauce snowman!   What do you get when you have whipped cream (or apple sauce), raisins, Cheerios, pretzels, carrot strips & bananas? Fun making a food snowman, of course! This is so easy to do at home. Here are some things to keep in mind…. It’s suppose to be messy! Give your child the time to explore each food item on its own before adding to the snowman. Start with whipped cream on the plate…play with that for a while…then add each ingredient one at a time until your snowman is complete. There is no right or wrong way…if your child says the Cheerios are eyes…Great!  If the  raisins are buttons…Awesome! Stay positive during your food play! Don’t force your child into eating any of the food if he/she doesn’t want to. It can take many many many times...
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Food is Fun

Who says you shouldn’t play with your food? Allowing food exploration through play is a great way to broaden your child’s food preferences. If your child is more comfortable touching, smelling, and feeling the food he/she is more likely to EAT the food. So, try some of our fun ideas….          Use yogurt as the “paint” & a carrot as the “paintbrush”. Have them make shapes,                        letters & designs!          Smash green beans to find the “prize” inside to eat (the pea)                                                                                           Cut foods into fun shapes with cookie cutters~...
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5 Tips For Developing Your Child’s Fine Motor Skills

Shortly after my son’s fifth birthday, I became aware that his fine motor skills weren’t where they should be for his age.  We had been invited to an open house at his then preschool where we were invited to sit in the classroom for the morning.  What I noticed was my son’s classmates were all writing their names, holding their pencils correctly and doing it with ease. My five year old son could barely even hold the pencil, and I could sense his frustration with his lack of coordination skills. While I am not a mother to ever compare my child to another, I have always been a believer that they all do things on their own time. I truly felt in my gut something was not right. Our five year check-up was right around the corner and luckily my pediatrician saw my concerns and agreed that my son was behind...
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