Entries by Amanda Mathews

Why Downhill Skiing is a Great Gross Motor Activity for Children

As I stated in my previous blog, many sporting events are not only enjoyable to watch for entertainment purposes, but they can also be a perfect gross motor and extracurricular activity to get your child involved in with his peers. Both individualized and team sports incorporate many different skill sets that help your child to […]

Why Hockey is A Great Game to Teach Your Child

Not only is hockey enjoyable to watch for entertainment purposes, hockey is also a perfect gross motor and extracurricular activity that will get your child involved with his peers. Team sports incorporate many different skill sets and help your child follow the guidance and leadership of another adult (i.e. the coach). Below are some examples […]

5 Ways To Prevent Meltdowns After School

Oftentimes, after-school hours and times of transition can be extremely difficult for children, especially for children with sensory processing disorder (SPD). Children may often perform well throughout the school day, but then quickly meltdown after they get home. Meltdowns occur because the child will often take in a high amount of sensory experiences (e.g. noisy […]

Skills Addressed When Making Paper Snowflakes

Even though the holidays are over, there are plenty of winter projects that you can create with your children at home! I always like to remind parents that there are numerous activities that you likely participate in at home already that incorporate a variety of age-appropriate skills and help your child grow and learn. One […]

Healthy Habits for 2013: Teaching Your Children the Importance of Goal Setting

As I stated in my previous blogs, a new year often means a new start and new goals for the upcoming months.  As adults (parents, teachers, therapists), we have a huge influence upon the lifestyles of the children around us that will impact the way that they are going to live. We need to make […]

Fun Ways to Help Your Children to be More Active

As I stated in my previous blog, as adults (parents, teachers, therapists), we have a huge influence upon the lifestyles that children around us are going to live by.  We need to be sure that we are teaching our children well so that they may learn to make their own healthy choices in the future. […]

Healthy Habits for 2013: Teaching Your Children the Importance of Health and Fitness

It is often that a new year means a new start and new goals for the upcoming months! My co-workers and I have recently had the privilege of attending a presentation related to how to improve upon the foods we are consuming and the exercises we are participating in so that we can increase our […]

Handwriting Without Tears (HWT): Three Strategies of Learning

As I stated in my previous blog, handwriting can be taught in several different ways, depending upon your child’s teacher as well as the curriculum within the school. If your child’s school does not utilize the Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) program, you can gain many successful strategies and knowledge from the HWT website. As you […]

Handwriting Without Tears (HWT): Why it is a Great Approach to Teaching Handwriting

Handwriting is taught to children that are as young as preschool age. Children begin learning how to write the letters in their name and  they will usually start with their first name. Handwriting can be taught in a variety of ways, depending upon your child’s teacher as well as the curriculum within the school. It […]

Let the Games Begin: How to Help Your Child to use Games in a Different Way

As I mentioned before in my previous blog, it is important for parents to consider traditional board games as well as hands-on toys for this holiday season. While new technology is impressive, traditional board games and hands-on toys continue to be an ideal way for children to work on a variety of skills allow them […]