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January 2017

Child’s Play!

By |January 3rd, 2017|Development|

It’s child’s play! These words imply that something is fun, easy, creative, and motivating. As an occupational therapist these words have a different meaning.  A child’s play is opportunity. It’s opportunity for growth in fine motor skills, gross motor skills, problem solving skills, attention, social, and emotional skills.   Take this simple toy that this [...]

December 2016

Transfer with Stabilization

By |December 7th, 2016|Fine Motor|

Transfer with stabilization After babies have become more skilled with reaching and grasping, they will start to explore the objects in their hands. You can see in this video how this sweet baby looks at the object, using her sense of sight to help her move the spoon in her hands. Using the developing fine [...]

November 2016

Tummy Time: Take Two!

By |November 19th, 2016|Gross Motor|

In one of the previous posts the link was made between tummy time and the development of a strong connection between the eyes and the vestibular system. The eyes and vestibular system have a connection that allows our eyes to automatically adjust to movement. This process takes time and grows throughout the development years. Tummy [...]

Can a pencil grip improve handwriting?

By |November 3rd, 2016|Fine Motor|

Can a pencil grip improve handwriting? Improving handwriting is the reason to use a pencil grip in the first place right? Or is the reason because a grasp-pattern “looks non-typical” or maybe children were taught skills too early? Why is it that there are now so many different types of pencil grips available? One of [...]

October 2016

Tummy Time Take One!

By |October 19th, 2016|Gross Motor|

“My daughter hates tummy time!” “Every time I put him on his stomach he cries within one minute.” “Oh, he does NOT like to be on his stomach.” Tummy time! Most parents have heard of it and pediatricians talk about it.  What is it and why is it so important? As a pediatric occupational therapist [...]

Kids, Development and Technology

By |October 15th, 2016|Technology|

Is child development evolving because of technology?   One of the reasons for making a third edition of the DMG was to add an updated technology section.  In 2006 when the first edition was started and in 2007 for the second edition, keyboarding was really the only skill a child was using in the area [...]

Academics: New Section Added to DMG-3

By |October 2nd, 2016|Academics|

Children are expected to engage in academic performance at younger ages now than in the past 10 years. Attending preschool (ages 3 to 5 years) is now much more the norm. Preschool services in the public schools began with serving children with identified special learning needs that might make their entrance into kindergarten delayed or [...]

September 2016

DMG 3rd edition: New, Expanded, and Updated!

By |September 11th, 2016|Development|

The DMG 3rd edition is the fourth evolution (2016) of our original publication called the Comprehensive Resource Tool published in 2006. We have continually updated the original version to ensure that we have included as up to date referenced material as possible. Our newly updated and expanded product contains two new sections covering academics and [...]