Handwriting: simple solutions to improve writing and pencil grip

Groove Pencils by Lyra to develop good pencil grasp/grip and writing skills

Groove Pencils by Lyra

Many children suffer with handwriting. There are multiple reasons explaining why a child unable to write legibly. Some of them physiological such as developmental delays/problems affecting vision, visual-motor, visual-perceptual and fine-motor components involved in handwriting. Also, underdevelopment of hand skills, muscle strength or parents/caregivers inability to address problem at the right period of time (child develops poor habit of holding writing instrument) affecting handwriting greatly. Simple solution to correct grasping skills (not mentioning proper positioning yet) is to use pencil grippers, but they are getting lost quickly along with pencils. Now, some companies, such as Lyra and Ticonderoga, started making pencils with ergonomic shape and natural grip zone, so child’s fingers go into right position. Offset slide guards for the thumb, index and middle fingers support an optimal writing hold, even after sharpening. The special groove design makes a proper grip seem logical to a child. The large size of the pencil is perfect for small hands and for shading large areas. For every case we should keep in mind individual abilities, but these pencils with grooves seem to be a smart and simple way of teaching children to hold pencil efficiently and to improve handwriting.

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SPD and Sensory Integration Activities

sensory integration and sensory processing disorder activities

sensory integration and sensory processing disorder activities

1.  PLAY DOH, GAK, GLOP, FUNNY FOAM, etc…Children need and love play doh and messy play, unless they have tactile defensiveness that is. There are so many versions of play doh, from pre-package to homemade, scented to unscented, textured to non-textured, cooked to uncooked. You name it, I have found a recipe for it. Check out Play Doh Recipes… here you will find dozens of fun recipes which make tactile experiences messy and fun! Children need to touch a variety of textures and play with them to develop normal tactile processing.  If your child will not play with messy items, it is even more important that you continue to find fun and creative ways to introduce these to them.

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Early Intervention program in New York

early intervention program in New York

early intervention program in New York

Early Intervention program is assisting families and children to improve child’s health and functional performance related to variable disabilities or delays. It was recently reviewed and some changes were implemented to make it more efficient and reduce cost of it for New York State and New York City.

Early Childhood and Developmental Milestones

Developmental Milestones

Developmental Milestones

This post is created for parents mostly to review and approximately estimate developmental skills of your children from birth to first 40 months. You may look at the link provided below to identify if your child’s skills listed in the summery are appropriate for his/her calendar age. If you notice any abnormalities, difficulties in motor function, behavior, please talk to your pediatrician without delays and get referral for Early Intervention evaluations (if necessary). Remember, if your child was born prematurely, you will have to make an adjustment of age by number of months the child was born earlier. Continue reading

Ethan Bortnick – 8 Years old piano player

The story behind a rising star in the music and entertainment world, Ethan is a young musician, composer, and entertainer who has captivated the world one performance at a time. You won’t believe what he has done at age 8.. Just Watch!

Another amazing piano player – superstar musician with autism. A blind severely autistic man, Derek, is known as the Human ipod. By the age of four his family realised that after hearing a song only once he could play it perfectly on the piano. Now, 25 years later Derek has a repertoire of well over 20,000 songs that he can play instantly from memory. In this clip he is taking requests from the audience at a concert set out to give the limelight to some severely autistic people.

Education: How to become COTA – certified occupational therapy assistant


Want to become a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, but not sure where to start? The path to your future career as a therapist assistant can be a little confusing, but if you follow these simple steps you will be on your way to an exciting and rewarding career!

In this video you learn best practices and what to expect when becoming a COTA. It briefly guides you through: finding the right college for your Occupational Therapy education, setting up your application to take the NBCOT COTA exam, scheduling and taking your exam, and then applying to become a COTA.

Want to know more about an education in Occupational Therapy Assistant? Contact Stanbridge College at (888) 538-4913 or visit www.stanbridge.edu for more information.

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Harlequin ichthyosis (Skin Disorder) educational and inspirational video

Harlequin ichthyosis
Harlequin Ichtyosis
Inspirational: 14yr Old Girl With Harlequin Ichthyosis (Skin Disorder) Wants To Be Accepted In The World & Letting People Know Not To Judge (Doing Speeches To Uplift Children With The Same Issues)

What is harlequin ichthyosis?

Harlequin ichthyosis is a severe genetic disorder that mainly affects the skin. Infants with this condition are born with very hard, thick skin covering most of their bodies. The skin forms large, diamond-shaped plates that are separated by deep cracks (fissures). These skin abnormalities affect the shape of the eyelids, nose, mouth, and ears, and limit movement of the arms and legs. Restricted movement of the chest can lead to breathing difficulties and respiratory failure. Continue reading

Occupational Therapist with a strong Hand Therapy, Southeastern PA


Position Description:
NovaCare Rehabilitation has an opening for a per diem Occupational Therapist with a strong Hand Therapy background to assist with coverage at our Southeastern PA centers.  CHTs are welcome to apply.  EOE.
Must be a graduate of an accredited school for Occupational Therapy.  National registration and state licensure is REQUIRED.  Minimum of 1 year experience in hand therapy and fabrication of custom splints REQUIRED.  Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification and valid driver’s license REQUIRED.
Interested candidates should contact Suzanne Smith at 215-923-6031 or suzsmith@hq.novacare.com.

Suzanne Smith Brandley, MS, OTR/L, CHT
Hand Therapy Coordinator, Southeastern Pennsylvania
NovaCare Rehabilitation—Spring Garden
511 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123
(215) 923-6031 phone
(215) 923-8269 fax

Allied Healthcare Jobs


We have a number of permanent staff positions available in both Nassau and Suffolk County. Here’s a brief overview of the jobs and their locations – please let us know if you’d like any more details about the positions listed below.


Senior Occupational Therapist Suffolk County – close to West Babylon Hospital Setting Full time/Day Shift ·

Occupational Therapist – Mental Health Nassau County – close to Great Neck Hospital Setting Full time/Afternoon Shift · Occupational Therapist Nassau County – close to Glen Cove Hospital Setting Full time/Day Shift ·Occupational Therapist Nassau County – close to Great Neck Hospital Setting Full time/Afternoon Shift


Physical Therapy AssistantNassau County – close to Beth Page Hospital Setting Full time/Day Shift ·

Physical Therapist (PD)Suffolk County – close to West Babylon Hospital Setting Day Shift ·

Physical Therapist Nassau County – close to Lynbrook Hospital Setting Full time/Day Shift ·

Physical Therapist Nassau County – close to Great Neck Hospital Setting Full time/Day Shift ·

Home Care Physical Therapist Staten IslandHome Care Setting Full time/Day Shift


Senior Speech PathologistNassau County – close to Garden City Hospital Setting Full time/Day Shift · Joint Care Program CoordinatorNassau County – close to Garden City Hospital Setting Full time/Day Shift


Meredith Brod Staffing Coordinator – Allied Healthcare 475 Park Avenue South – 7th floor New York, NY 10016 Direct: 917-464-3893 Fax: 212-213-2190 mbrod@greenkeyllc.com

Dania Zalen Recruitment Manager 475 Park Avenue South – 7th floor New York, NY 10016 Direct: 212-584-6445 Fax: 212-213-2190 dzalen@greenkeyllc.com

Picky Eater or Sensory Food Aversion

Picky Eater or Sensory Food Aversion
picky eater or sensory food aversion

Sensory aversion of food: child eats mostly carbs, milk, cheese and only certain color (white or close to white), sometimes crunchy food: dry cereal (if cereal gets wet in milk, it will be rejected), pizza and chips. The child drinks juices from closed container, so this child does not see color. Since parents started introducing and re-introducing new textures, foods, the child started exploring each piece of food very carefully (visually, then touch and smell) before making decision. Any colored food, vegetables, fruits create tantrums. Now this child tolerate touching colored food and removes it with hand. Child presents with tongue protrusion, decreased awareness/oral-motor control.

Current Treatment includes:
general sensory integration techniques, brushing protocol, chewy tubes, massage, nuk brush, blowing bubbles, verbal/tactile cues for lips closure and tongue movement. Any additional suggestions for treatment besides waiting for maturation of somato- and neuro-sensory systems?

Sensory Food Aversions in Infants and Toddlers
Feeding Hints for Children with Food Aversion By Rachel Browne
Beyond Picky Eating: Identifying Sensory Food Aversions