The Importance of Play: Developing Social Emotional Skills

The Importance of Play: Developing Social Emotional Skills

Social and emotional skills develop overtime, but early experiences of play with family, caregivers and peers help influence the development of these skills. Occupational therapy uses play in treatments to promote peer to peer interactions through natural play activities. Play is the main activity for children. It allows them to explore, be creative, socialize and […]

Activity Idea: Cheerio Caterpillars

Activity Idea: Cheerio Caterpillars

Skill Addressed: Fine motor coordination, visual motor coordination- using the small muscles of the fingers to manipulate objects and using both hands together Instructions: First, take a big handful of cheerios out of the box and place them where the child is going to this activity. Second, take one piece of pipe cleaner or string […]

The Therapy SPOT is GROWING!

The Therapy SPOT is GROWING!

The Therapy SPOT is excited to announce that we are growing! We are adding a second location in Troy in order to better serve our clients and their families. Appointments are being scheduled now for November 2019 for speech and occupational therapy! If you have any questions, or would like to speak with one of […]

Look Who’s In the Spotlight

Look Who’s In the Spotlight

Every few months we recognize the hard work of some of our patients. We are so proud of all the accomplishments that our SPOTlight stars have made in speech, physical, and occupational therapy! Our stars have learned how to regulate their emotions and write more clearly!

Celebrating Kathy- 3 yrs at The Therapy SPOT!

Celebrating Kathy- 3 yrs at The Therapy SPOT!

Please join us in celebrating Kathy, one of our occupational therapists at The Therapy SPOT. She has been part of The Therapy SPOT team for 3 years and has shared her expertise and dedication with 90 clients and their families. This year, she has expanded her knowledge in supporting regulation and engagement through additional training […]

Clothespin Puzzle

Clothespin Puzzle

Skills addressed: ● Pincer grasp and hand strength ● Letter/number sequencing ● Visual perceptual skills Materials: ● Clothespins ● Markers ● card stock ● OPTIONAL: tape Step 1: Line up clothespins next to each other on a piece of card stock Step 2: Draw a picture that covers all the clothespins or have you child […]

Stop, Drop, Spin, Hop!

Stop, Drop, Spin, Hop!

Materials- ★ Paper plate ★ Sticky notes ★ Cardboard ★ Split pin ★ Dice ★ Hole punch ★ Tape/ glue How to Make- ★ Label paper plate with activities (examples: jumping jacks, jumping, stand on one foot, push ups, catching a ball, dribbling a ball, etc.) ★ Cut out cardboard spinner (arrow) ★ Punch hole […]

Balloon Balance Game

Balloon Balance Game

Supplies Needed: Containers of varying size (bowls, pots, buckets, etc.) Balloons (same number as the number of containers you have) Rice or beans Instructions: Set out the containers of varying sizes next to one another starting from shortest to tallest Fill up the balloons with rice and set them next to each container Have your […]

Childhood Trauma

Childhood Trauma

What are Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)? ACEs are potentially traumatic experiences that occur to children under 18 years old that can include intentional or unintentional abuse, neglect, and/or dysfunction. Common example include: divorce, physical/sexual abuse, household or community violence, household mental illness/suicide or suicide attempts/substance abuse, bullying, serious medical procedures or illnesses. What is Trauma? […]

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