Melissa and Doug Shapes Puzzle


A great chunky wooden inset puzzle for toddlers to practice their fine motor skills and matching skills. You can also work on language for labeling the shapes and colors!


Jumbo Nuts and Bolts Set for Fine Motor Skills


This game is great for bilateral skills – using both hands together to turn the pieces. Wrist control and hand coordination is used to twist the pieces to come off or go back on.


Mini Muffin Match Up for Fine Motor Skills


Fine Motor Skills are used in this game to use the tongs to pick up the pieces, and to use fingers to get the pieces out of the muffin tin. Great for matching and cognitive skills as well!


Fine Motor Skills in Occupational Therapy Episode 29

On this episode, I discuss the history of the profession of Occupational Therapy in the United States. I also discuss fine motor skills in kids and adults including crossing midline and bilateral coordination.

Wikipedia OT history:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupational_therapy
Wikipedia Greek Doctor: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asclepiades_of_Bithynia
AJOT OT WWI article
http://ajot.aota.org/article.aspx?articleid=1870396
AOTA:
https://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA.aspx

Website: http://www.mymidwesttherapy.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mymidwesttherapy/
Email: allison@mymidwesttherapy.com
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Sensory Processing
Fine Motor Skills
Autism


Down Syndrome and Early Intervention Episode 19 Child Development

On this episode I discuss early intervention strategies and considerations for babies children with Down Syndrome. Information is presented about what low tone and laxity of joints are. Issues surrounding feeding, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills are discussed.

website: http://www.mymidwesttherapy.com/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mymidwesttherapy/
email: allison@mymidwesttherapy.com

Research Article:
International Journal of Science Culture and SportJune2016: 4(2)ISSN : 2148-1148Doi :10.14486/IntJSCS509
Sehmus ASLAN1, Ummuhan BAS ASLAN
http://www.iscsjournal.com/Makaleler/1515335048_4c2s_6.pdf

Down Syndrome
Occupational Therapy
Early Intervention
Child Development
Special Needs


Siblings of Children With Special Needs Episode 17 and Child Development

On this episode, I discuss issues and concerns related to siblings of kids with special needs. I shared an inspiring story on my facebook page about a set of twins where one had Autism and the other one did not.
The discussion revolves around including all kids in the family as much as possible, and trying to balance giving your attention to each one. So many parents are already good at this, but I wanted to mention it to make sure people remain conscious of how important it is!

See the inspiring story of the twins graduating high school and walking across the stage together: https://www.facebook.com/mymidwesttherapy/

http://www.mymidwesttherapy.com/
Email: allison@mymidwesttherapy.com

Research Article:
Arora M, Reichenberg A, Willfors C, Austin C, Gennings C, Berggren S, Lichtenstein P, Anckarsater H, Tammimies K, Bolte S. 2017. Fetal and postnatal metal dysregulation in autism. Nat Commun; doi: 10.1038/NCOMMS15493 [Online 1 June 2017].
https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms15493

Special Needs
Child Development
Autism
Occupational Therapy