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Occupational therapy- Articles for parents of children with learning disabilities with tips for improving fine motor skills.

Self-stimulatory behavior or “stimming” as most refer to it, is the walking on the tiptoes, the flapping of the hands, or the repeating of words or phrases that we see most of our kids with autism doing. But what exactly is stimming and should you stop this behavior? Let’s find out.

What Is Stimming?

Stimming is a self-regulating behavior that is very common with individuals with autism. This stimming behavior to others look like repetitive movements of one’s body or objects in the form of jumping, rocking, or even rearranging items. A child stims for many reasons; to reduce anxiety, to avoid activities, express frustration or excitement, but mainly to reduce sensory overload. I like to think of stimming as tuning out the noise of the world to find peace within yourself.

13 easy activities to improve hand grip in kids
Handwriting | Occupational Therapy | school-based learning

13 easy activities to improve hand grip in kids

Having a proper hand grip, or better known as a pencil grip, is the foundation of functional handwriting skills. Being able to properly hold your pencil makes a difference between neat and messy writing. The way we write, good or bad depends on our grip. Most children often have difficulties with holding a pencil or…

Prewriting Skills: Valuable tips to improve handwriting
Handwriting | Occupational Therapy | school-based learning

Prewriting Skills: Valuable tips to improve handwriting

Prewriting skills are the foundation of handwriting. They consist of lines and strokes that children need to learn to form before they are expected to write. In the first post of this series (How to improve handwriting: 5 successful ways OT’s can help), I talked about the benefits of utilizing OT services when your child…

How to improve handwriting in kids: 5 successful ways OT’s can help
Handwriting | Occupational Therapy | school-based learning

How to improve handwriting in kids: 5 successful ways OT’s can help

Poor handwriting is something that every child has when they are first learning how to write. But, what happens when it becomes a constant problem well past the appropriate age? Is your child having a hard time forming the letters of the alphabet? If you are past that stage, are they forming those letters way…

What is a Sensory Diet? A Solution To Sensory Needs
Occupational Therapy | Autism | linkinbio

What is a Sensory Diet? A Solution To Sensory Needs

When a child has a sensory processing disorder, their brains have a hard time receiving and responding to information from their senses. When this happens it usually results in the child receiving too much sensory input or not enough. Either way, this is not good for our children, and utilizing a sensory diet can help….

Stimming in autism: Stopping the behavior is Pointless
Occupational Therapy | Autism

Stimming in autism: Stopping the behavior is Pointless

Self-stimulatory behavior or “stimming” as most refer to it, is walking on the tiptoes, the flapping of the hands, or the repeating of words or phrases that we see most of our kids with autism doing. But what exactly is stimming in autism and should you stop this behavior? Let’s find out. This post may…

10 incredibly easy ways to improve handwriting skills
Occupational Therapy | Autism | Handwriting | school-based learning

10 incredibly easy ways to improve handwriting skills

Could your child’s handwriting skills use a bit of boost? If so, you’re in the right place! In this post, I’m going to list 10 easy things that you can start doing today that will help them to improve their handwriting skills! Oh, by the way, these are all favorites in my classroom! This post…

How to make a visual schedule at home (step-by-step)
Occupational Therapy | Autism | school-based learning

How to make a visual schedule at home (step-by-step)

Today I’m going to show you how to make a visual schedule at home! I promise it’s super easy- maybe a bit time-consuming depending on how detailed you are, but EASY! This post may contain affiliate links and I may earn a small commission when you click on the links to purchase something at no…

OT: What exactly is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy | Autism | school-based learning

OT: What exactly is Occupational Therapy?

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) defines occupational therapy (OT) as “the therapeutic use of everyday life activities (occupations) with individuals or group to enhance or enable participation in roles, habits, and routines in the home, school,workplace, community, and other settings” (AOTA, 2011). Occupation is essential to the practice of occupational therapy (OT). What does “occupation”…