20 (therapeutic) Summer Activities

20 summer fun activities for kids with and without special needs. Work on fine motor, gross motor, sensory, letters, scissors/cutting, and more with the tips in this post by The Pocket Occupational Therapist

Google Eye Slime!

Light green slime in a kettle with google eyeballs

Everyone LOVES slime! Slime is great for sensory, especially the tactile or touch sense. Kids all over enjoy making and playing with slime. We know that following a recipe and planning the outcome helps children to develop executive function skills. What are they? read my earlier blog post if you are looking for more information […]

MONSTER Eye Cupcakes

cupcake with orange icing and eye candy

  Halloween brings out the fun in us. Kids and grownups enjoy dressing up and decorating for fall. Working on life skills includes baking, shopping, and following directions. Making cupcakes is a yummy way to improve fine motor skills, creativity, and executive function. PLUS: While we are on the topic of eyeballs, here’s a link […]

Pool Noodle Halloween Fun!

Looking for a fun Halloween craft? Our Halloween pool noodle craft brings out creativity and builds motor skills for kids and adults! Supplies: Dollar Store Poole Noodles – Orange, Black, Purple, and Green Dollar Store Wiggle Eyes Dollar Store Pipe Cleaners (Silver, Purple, and Green) Craft Foam – Black, Green, White, Purple, Orange, and Brown […]

Sensory Processing Disorder in SCHOOL

School & Homework Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder We have provided links to Amazon for some of the items mentioned in our blog. Take a look around, we have tried to find you great deals on the products we recommend. Sensory processing disorders affect up to one in every twenty children and the […]

Sensory Processing Tips You Can Use TODAY!

Does your child chew pencils, shirts, or other objects that aren’t age appropriate? Is your child having trouble moving from activity to activity without tantrums or negative behaviors? Does your child eat a VERY limited diet? Is your child constantly crashing into people and objects in school and at home? These can be signs of […]

Reflex Integration & Movement Resources

As many of you know, I travel across the US and have courses in the US & UK to help occupational therapists and families learn helpful treatment strategies. One of my most frequently asked questions is ‘What are your favorite books for movement, mindfulness, and reflexes?’ So, each of my presentations contains pages of resources […]

Calm Down Area Creation Tips

Children benefit from a calm down area when their emotions are running high or they need a calming break. Most ‘bad’ behavior is a result of high emotional levels and increased frustration. Read for steps in creating a calm area in your classroom, homeschool, home or clinic. Photos provided and links for helpful equipment.

Get Colorful This Spring With Unicorn Play Dough!

  Spring Time is finally here!  The weather may not be ready for all the outdoor fun that summer brings, but there are plenty of fun springtime activities to do inside.  Making Unicorn Play Dough is a great way to spend quality time expressing creativity and developing fine motor skills!   I found some fun […]

Easter Peeps Sensory Play Dough Activity

I love spring and eating Peeps candy. The best thing about today’s sensory activity is that you can play with this fun dough that engages multiple senses including tactile, smell, and taste. Easter Peeps Sensory Play Dough is also awesome because it’s colorful and kids of all ages love it.   Ingredients: 4 Peeps Marshmallows […]