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The Best Summer Safety & Travel Tips

To all the conscientious, safety minded parents out there... that includes all of us!  You've gotta watch this video clip on Summer Safety and Travel Tips from one of our local pediatricians, Dr. Julie Wen of Allegro Pediatrics in Bellevue, WA. Are you using the right...

Get ready for a Sensational Summer with Play It Forward’s Summer Series

Congrats everyone!   We made it through another school year and summer is here!  Are you ready for a sensational summer?  Summer time is a unique and exciting time of year.  There's so much to look forward to in the way of vacations, road trips, family outings and...

Mental Health Awareness Month

Now is the time to support, encourage and provide resources for children who are struggling with depression, anxiety or other mental health problems.  Raising awareness about mental health in children is the first step in being able to provide help and hope for kids...

OT Adventure in New Orleans

One of my all time favorite hobbies is traveling.  I was in my element "nerding out" at amazing courses at conference and sightseeing in NOLA! I learned more about the current evidence and best practices for topics like... SENSORY PROCESSING, how to support kids with...

CHILD DEVELOPMENT

How To Prevent Meltdowns in Fantasy Land

Vacations are definitely something to look forward to this summer!  Exploring new cities, discovering the national parks, relaxing at the beach or enjoying amusement parks are just some of the wonderful adventures that will create lasting memories for years to come. ...

The 8 Sensory Systems

Do you know what the 5 senses are?  How about the 3 hidden senses?

The 3 Primary Patterns of Sensory Processing Disorder

Here's a brief overview of the patterns of Sensory Processing Disorder that we see in both kids (and adults).  Current research indicates there are 6 primary subtypes that fall under the 3  primary patterns. A person may have anywhere from 1 to 8 of the sensory...

Occupational Therapy Preschool Screening Checklist

  How are things going at preschool?  Do you have a 3, 4 or 5 year old at home?  Occupational Therapists help preschoolers get ready for kindergarten by helping them build important fine motor, sensory processing and social skills.  If your child is experiencing...

7 Healthy Homework Habits

Does any of this sound familiar at your house?  "I don't want to do my homework."  "It's so boring."  "I hate homework!" Well, you're not alone. This is a common scenario across millions of  households in America.  I get it... homework can be very challenging for a...

Occupational Therapy School Age Screening Checklist

How are things going at school?  Do you think your student could use a boost?   OTs at school help kids improve motor skills, handwriting legibility, sensory processing and social skills.  If your student is experiencing any of the following that are interfering with...

What Every Parent Should Know About Sensory Processing Disorder

This blog post is especially for parents!  First off, thank you for visiting Play It Forward, it shows that you are invested in your child's development and learning more about "what makes your child tick?"  Often kids with Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD spend...

What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

What is Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD? Do you ever find yourself asking, "I wonder if ________ has sensory processing disorder?"  But, what exactly is sensory processing disorder or SPD?   Perhaps the kid your thinking of is your own child or a student in your...

SENSORY PROCESSING

The 8 Sensory Systems

Do you know what the 5 senses are?  How about the 3 hidden senses?

The 3 Primary Patterns of Sensory Processing Disorder

Here's a brief overview of the patterns of Sensory Processing Disorder that we see in both kids (and adults).  Current research indicates there are 6 primary subtypes that fall under the 3  primary patterns. A person may have anywhere from 1 to 8 of the sensory...

What Every Parent Should Know About Sensory Processing Disorder

This blog post is especially for parents!  First off, thank you for visiting Play It Forward, it shows that you are invested in your child's development and learning more about "what makes your child tick?"  Often kids with Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD spend...

What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

What is Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD? Do you ever find yourself asking, "I wonder if ________ has sensory processing disorder?"  But, what exactly is sensory processing disorder or SPD?   Perhaps the kid your thinking of is your own child or a student in your...

ACTIVITIES

Super Simple Lemonade Recipe

On those hot summer days, nothing beats the heat like an icy cold, refreshing glass of lemonade.  Here's my favorite recipe for fresh squeezed lemonade!  When you make it from scratch it's way better than the powdered stuff and also a fun, simple activity for kids in...

The Benefits Of Kids In The Kitchen

These yummy snacks ideas are designed especially for kids and focus on specific developmental skills.  In addition to getting to eat a tasty treat, the process of making a snack offers specific therapeutic value. Here are the benefits of kids in the kitchen......

Flag Cookie

This 4th of July Flag Cookie is a sweet way to celebrate Independence Day!  Learn how to make these miniature Flag Cookies by watching the video tutorial.  Hope you have a blast celebrating the 4th! 🎆 Have your kids write out these simple directions on the Free...

FREE-Festive Flag Paper and 4th of July Writing Prompts

The 4th of July is right around the corner and it's the time of year that's full of special memories of celebrating America's Independence!  Many traditions, backyard BBQs, fireworks and summer memories are made around this time of year.  It's the perfect opportunity...

Rocket Launcher Craft for Teaching Self-Regulation

3...2...1... BLAST OFF!  Launch these mini rockets with a deep breath! The deeper the breath, the bigger the boost for your rocket!  This Rocket Launching craft is a SENSational way to work on fine motor skills and can be used to practice taking deep breaths. Why is...

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Tired of making ho-hum sandwiches for lunch? Add this Ice Cream sandwich idea into your weekly lunch rotation for a cool surprise. Kids will love having "dessert" for lunch with these adorable, ice cream shaped sandwiches made with the usual sandwich ingredients....

Ice Cream Cone Cookie

I Scream.  You Scream.  We All Scream for Ice Cream!  Go ahead and have a spoon full of ice cream!  I created this Mini Ice Cream Cookie Craft to celebrate the end of the school year and to welcome summer! These easy to make Mini Ice Cream Cone Cookies encourage fine...

Butterfly Cookie

Add this delicious Butterfly Cookie activity to your next science lesson and your kids will be sure to remember all of the stages in the Life Cycle of a Butterfly! The focus when creating this butterfly themed cookie craft is on fine motor skills, writing and...

Butterfly Sandwich

These pretty Butterfly Sandwiches show off the beautiful colors of spring produce... emerald green lettuce, crimson peppers and deep purple leaves!  Imagine the fun while shopping to find the most colorful veggies for these butterfly sandwiches.  It's never too early...

Bird Nest Cookie

Bird Nest Cookie Recipe Welcome spring with this adorable bird nest cookie!  Practice dexterity skills to build the nest with chocolate "mud" and crunchy "twigs".  These tiny "tweets" are sure to please at your next spring time gathering...   Here's what you'll need...

Gardening Fine Motor Fun

Imagine a gardening activity that will help your child's fine motor skills blossom! Get ready for spring time with these easy garden activities to strengthen your child's fine motor skills!  Gardening is such a sensory rich experience... from the sounds of the birds,...

Rainbow Veggie Snack

How's your luck with getting your kids to eat vegetables? Our feeding therapists love this colorful Rainbow Snack because it gets kids interacting with veggies in a novel way.   You can make these veggie topped crackers at home too.  Talk about the colors, the...

Pot O’Gold Cookie

Today's your lucky day to learn how to make this precious Pot O'Gold Cookie Craft. Your kids will think they've hit the jackpot when they create this leprechaun sized treat! Here's what you'll need for 1 cookie 1 sandwich cookie (e.g. Oreo) Airheads Extreme Rainbow...

Valentine Laser Maze

This is our Valentine version of a "laser maze".  The kids love the challenge of navigating through the maze (without touching the lasers), being careful to retrieve the mail by releasing the clothespins using their "pincher" fingers.  We have 2 mail boxes on either...

Valentine Car Wash

Kids will absolutely LOVE this scooter board obstacle course aka "The Valentine Car Wash". Lie down on your tummy and propel yourself forward through the tunnel.  As you come across the Valentine, pick it up, then push up your arms to place the Valentine under your...

Tic Tac Toe Cookie

What could be better than a board game that you can eat? This tiny tic tac toe cookie fits into the palm of your hand! Kids will love playing tic tac toe while improving their fine motor coordination, direction following and kitchen skills. Make it ahead of time to...

DIY Scooter Board Obstacle Course

Come zoom through the tunnels of love on a scooter board!  Lie on your tummy and propel yourself through while collecting Valentines.  Deliver the mail at the end of the tunnel where a mini mailbox is waiting to be filled with Valentines. Other ways to deliver the...