Drinking from an open cup is a challenge for many kids with special needs. Here's how we are learning this life long skill.

Drinking From An Open Cup

Having a child with Down syndrome you tend not to take any small milestone for granted. Every eating and drinking skill is an accomplishment. Drinking from an open cup has been our longest fought for skill. It eludes us. We tried a myriad of approaches and still it is a struggle. I would get frustrated and push too hard, he would give up and not try, and we just couldn’t find anything to bridge the gap between drinking from a straw and drinking from an open cup.
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Learning to put on snowpants is a life skill in the winter. If your child knows how it can save you and their teacher precious time. .

Learning How to Put On Snowpants

It’s snowpants season around here. Are your mornings of trying to get the kids ready for school a little frantic? Winter rolls around and you have to add getting snow gear onto the little darlings. Taking extra time that you really don’t have. I get beyond excited when I leave to get the car started and come back in and one of my kids has at least attempted to get some snow gear on. I know, it’s really the little things that keep me going. “You got your hat on?! All by yourself? WOO-HOO!” Continue reading “Learning How to Put On Snowpants”

Shoes: How To Tie Laces

Learning to tie shoe laces is an important life skill to build independence in childhood. Here are some how to tips to make it easier.This is the second post in my series about ways to help your child be more independent with putting on and tying their shoe laces. Today’s post is how to introduce shoe tying and some techniques I use as an occupational therapist that you can easily use at home to assist your child in learning how to be more independent. The first post, if you missed it, was about getting your shoes onto the correct feet.

Shoe tying, alright this is a tricky one. With all the velcro and elastic laces out there not really a need to learn how to tie shoes……um no that’s wrong.

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Shoes: How To for Kids

It’s the start of a new school year and you are just trying to get the kids out the door and their shoes are on the wrong foot and they are not tied. You are trying to hold it together but are about to raise your motherly voice to Ursula level because you just got them dressed, teeth brushed, fed, lunches packed, water bottles filled (seriously what about the bubbler?), homework folders found and they can’t even get their shoes ON THE RIGHT FEET?! Have no fear….Easy hack for your kids to get their shoes on the correct feet. #ADL #dressingindependence #downsyndrome #funhappinessandlife

shoe hacks are here!

It’s time for new Therapy Thursday post. For those of you who are new to us here at Fun Happiness and Life. I like to post about ways for your little ones to gain some independence by learning how to perform their activities of daily living (ADLs). I am an occupational therapist and this is one of the main focuses of my career. In addition I have a small child who has Down syndrome and we would like him to grow up to be an independent adult. In order for him to be independent we need to help him along the way. One of the paths to independence is to be able to take care of your own daily cares, like getting your shoes on the correct feet. Continue reading “Shoes: How To for Kids”

Therapy Thursday

National Board Certified Occupational Therapist providing ways to work therapy homework into daily life #therapythursday #occupationaltherapy #NBCOTTherapy Thursday is going to be a weekly blog post that I hope you enjoy. I am a pediatric OT (occupational therapist) and I work with kids on their ADLs (Activities of Daily Living) and IADLs (Instrumental Activities of Daily Living). I have been an occupational therapist since 2002. In the past I worked for 5 years in a school setting primarily in early childhood and elementary schools. Currently I am working in a children’s acute care hospital setting.

In addition my own child receives occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy and special education services. You see I am a mother of a child with Down Syndrome. Since having Big-C and trying to work on all of the things he gets introduced to in therapy and school I have a better understanding of why home programs or therapy homework does not always get done. You know sometimes life happens and other things take priority. Continue reading “Therapy Thursday”