The occupational therapist’s guide to natural remedies for aches and pains

Don't lose motivation because of muscle soreness.

Don’t lose motivation because of muscle soreness.

While occupational therapists can help their patients ease their pain and improve their quality of life, experiencing soreness is common after a session with an occupational therapist or after completing exercises at home. While your patients may be tempted to reach for a bottle of ibuprofen, they may find more relief with a natural remedy. Here’s some natural remedies that they can administer at home after their exercises that can help ease soreness and pain.

Epsom salts can ease soreness

Epsom salts have long been suggested as a remedy to help ease overworked muscles. Read More

Valentine crafts for kids in speech therapy

Check out these activities to do in honor of Valentine's Day.

Check out these activities to do in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, offering plenty of opportunities for students to get in the spirit – and help strengthen their speech and language skills. There are a number of Valentine’s-themed crafts you can have them complete. Check out the list below for fun, thematic activities:

Matching games

This game from Speech Buddy is based on cutting out hearts and writing connecting words on each side of the heart. Then, cut each heart in half and mix them up. Your student will be able to build his or her understanding of different objects as they seek out matching pieces. If you are looking to focus on building fluency, ask your student to read each word out as he or she looks for its match. Read More

Improve spatial awareness in kids with games

Soccer is one the best games to improve spatial awareness.

Soccer is one the best games to improve spatial awareness.

If you can properly parallel park or merge with traffic as you drive downtown, you can thank your strong spatial awareness skills for that. The ability to visualize math problems and see buildings in your mind’s eye can all be attributed to spatial awareness. It’s an ability we learn as children that we can strengthen with different exercises. While kids don’t have to worry about driving just yet, developing a strong spatial awareness is critical to their growth. Recent research has suggested that this ability is integral for doing well in math and science. According to ILS Learning Corner, there are social benefits as well. Kids with spatial awareness are able to better interact with others than those who don’t, as they’re able to determine the proper distance to stand from other kids.

Games are a perfect way to get them involved without making them feel like it’s work. Read More

What do you want to accomplish in 2017?

Here are the best ways to tackle your resolutions list.

Here are the best ways to tackle your resolutions list.

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, we can get a little nutty. We want to run more! And spend more quality time with our family! And volunteer more! All by next week! The prospect of making so many changes is daunting – and perhaps, as a result, harder to maintain. However, there are ways to help achieve your New Year’s goals. Whatever your resolutions are, here are some tips on how to keep your new year going strong.

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Physical therapists: Making strength training fun for kids

Physical therapists: Kids games for strength training

Physical therapists: Kids games for strength training

Getting therapy patients to stay on track with their strength training regimen can be a challenge. Even adults sometimes forget to do their exercises at home or simply get too busy with other tasks. Children, on the other hand, may become downhearted, bored or upset when they have to adjust to a new training schedule. Whatever the reason for their participation in physical therapy, children often need a little extra coaxing to fully participate. That’s where games can make a huge difference. By making training fun, kids will be more interested and engaged with their new routine. Here are a few amusing games to try out with your younger patients: Read More