A Complete List of Ideas to Help Children Increase Hand Strength


Hand strength is one of the most common problem areas seen in pediatric occupational therapy. Kids who struggle with hand strength may have difficulty grasping a pencil, working with scissors, or managing clothing fasteners. These creative and playful activities target building hand strength to get children’s hands and fingers in shape: Develop the “Precision” Side… Read more »

How to Teach Kids to Fight their Fears


Teaching children to ward off irrational fears can begin at an early age. It’s important to replace worry and anxiety with their opposites: connection, mindfulness, courage, playfulness and confidence. As silly as a child’s fear may seem, these feelings are very real and not to be taken lightly. Validate the Child’s Fears You might think… Read more »

Looking at Calming Sensory Strategies for the Classroom


How can you help to keep students focused, engaged and content in the classroom? Use these calming sensory strategies to lessen the stress of the school day for anxiety-prone youngsters: Designate a Quiet Space Here, students can regroup and calm themselves down. Your quiet space can be as simple as a corner with a beanbag… Read more »

How Can Sentence Strips Help Speech Therapists?


Sentence Strips in the Classroom

Sentence strips can be very helpful when working with language-impaired students. Their use provides a visual framework for children to organize their thoughts. They may know what they want to say, but struggle to express their ideas … and sentence strips can help you address this challenge. Target Grammar and Vocabulary Skills Sentence strips are… Read more »

Tips on Speech Therapy for Children with Hypernasality


Speech Therapy for Children with Hypernasality

Hypernasality in children may be caused by a cleft palate, a palate that is too short, or the inability to move muscles involved in the closure of the velopharyngeal complex, as in cases of cerebral palsy. Less commonly, hypernasality may result from an undiagnosed palate muscle problem, especially if a person has undergone an adenoidectomy…. Read more »

These Occupational Therapy Apps will Assist Children with Sensory Processing Disorders


Occupational Therapy Apps to Assist Children with Sensory Processing Disorders

More and more new, innovative tools are being introduced to advance OT for children with sensory processing disorders (SPD). Here’s a summary of some of the latest iTunes apps, which can be beneficial to you as a therapist, as well as to parents and other caregivers: See. Touch. Learn. This highly regarded, award winning app… Read more »

Thanksgiving Activities that Children will Love


Thanksgiving is right around the corner … and buckle up, because here comes the holiday season – a time of year when it can be especially challenging to keep students engaged and interested in their academic and therapy activities. For the month of November, incorporate some Thanksgiving-themed elements into your therapy plans. Besides being a… Read more »

How to Assist in Calming Down a Child


Assist in Calming Down a Child

When a student gets agitated, your first inclination may be to tell them to “go sit and calm down” or “just relax.” But, many students simply don’t know how to do this – especially if they demonstrate chronic agitation, frustration or defiance. Self-calming is an essential skill for success at school, at home, and in… Read more »

An Overview of Physical Therapy Month


Physical Therapy Month | Cobb Pediatric

What are you doing to celebrate October as National Physical Therapy Month? This annual observance began in 1981 as National Physical Therapy Week. In 1992, it was moved to October so as not to conflict with the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) annual conference – and it was declared that the entire month of October… Read more »

Make Progress Reports Fun With These Tips!


Classroom Progress Reports | Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services

Do you become overwhelmed at student progress report time? A few simple tips from Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services can help you get organized while the school year is still young – and maybe even come to enjoy the process. Use creative comments and gentle suggestions for improvement. But first: set the groundwork in place with… Read more »