What is Functional Play? – Occupational Therapy for Pediatrics

Children engage in learning through play. Occupational therapists consider play to be essential to a child’s growth and development. There are many types of play you may be familiar with already: parallel play, pretend play, and imaginary play. Functional play is play with a purpose, such as using an item for it’s intended purpose. Examples … Read more

CDC Updated Milestones (2022) for Occupational Therapy Practice

Introduction The CDC has updated and revised the developmental milestone checklist for children on their website. The last update was almost 20 years ago from the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The updates are part of the Learn the Signs. Act Early program which was created in 2004 provides a free checklist of … Read more

Child Development Red Flags – Occupational Therapy Practice

Introduction Developmental problems in children can have lifelong implications on their health and wellbeing. Early detection of developmental problems provides an opportunity for early intervention by occupational therapy practitioners and the team. This provides the team with an opportunity to change the child’s developmental trajectory into a positive one that can promote their potential. Keep in … Read more

My Thoughts on Baby Walkers for Development

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Background Should you get a baby walker for your little one? A google search showed that baby walkers were used as early as the 15th century in Europe. On the surface, it may seem like a helpful tool. Baby practices walking with the help of a device. It is like a training device right? Safety … Read more

Tummy Time Do’s and Don’ts for Newborns

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As an Amazon Affiliate, I may earn a commission from the purchases made through links in this post. Introduction Many first time parents or even parents with children may be concerned with sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The annual number of SIDS cases has dropped since the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP’s ) 1992 campaign … Read more