June Gardening

June Gardening

It's not too late to plant! Teach your kids about growing while building responsibility with this sensory rich experience. Whether an indoor or outdoor plant, your child will love the feeling that they grew something!

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June Gardening

June Gardening

It's not too late to plant! Teach your kids about growing while building responsibility with this sensory rich experience. Whether an indoor or outdoor plant, your child will love the feeling that they grew something!

A little girl watering a plant.Recommended age for activity: pre-K to adult

What does this activity work on?

  • Fine motor skills and in hand manipulation
  • Sensory modulation
  • Hand strengthening
  • Executive functioning

Supplies needed:

  • Plants/seeds
  • Soil
  • Shovel
  • Watering can
  • Planter pot or a nice patch of dirt


Tips when Gardening with Kids:

  • Educate first on safe gardening practices. But getting dirty is okay!
  • Getting a late start on the growing season? Catch up with annual flowers (daisies, phlox, impatiens, marigolds, etc.) that are ready to plant. By July, most garden stores offer annuals at a great discount which is a great opportunity for first time family gardeners to practice with a wide variety of plants for not much cost.
  • Rainy Day idea: make laminated labels for each plant. You can draw a picture or get really fancy and right the latin name of each plant.
  • Purchase kid sized gardening tools to better fit small hands.
  • Weed the garden once a week using a pincer grasp, or add in tongs for extra fun!
  • Water plants on a regular schedule.
  • Help children learn the signs of when a fruit or vegetable is ripe. Also teach them to wash fruits and vegetables before they eat them.
  • Can your child recognize the plants by their different smells?  Describe different textures of the leaves or skin of the fruit/vegetable?   

A little girl playing in a garden with mud on her hands


Occupational Therapy Scope of Practice

Occupational Therapy Scope of Practice

Occupational Therapy Rules!The scope of practice includes the domain (what is treated) and process (how it is treated) of occupational therapy services. The domain of occupational therapy is the everyday life activities (occupations) that people find meaningful and purposeful. Within this domain, occupational therapy services enable clients to engage in their everyday life activities in their desired roles, context, and life situations. The occupations in which clients engage occur throughout the lifespan and include:

  • Activities of daily living: self-care activities
  • Education: activities to participate as a learner in a learning environment
  • Instrumental activities of daily living: multi-step activities to care for self and others, such as household management, financial management, and time management
  • Leisure: non-obligatory, discretionary, and intrinsically rewarding activities
  • Play: spontaneous and organized activities that promote pleasure, amusement, and diversion
  • Social participation: activities expected of individuals or individuals interacting with others
  • Work: employment-related and volunteer activities)

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants use their knowledge and skills to help clients “attain and resume daily life activities that support function and health” throughout the lifespan (AOTA, 2002, p. 610). Participation in activities and occupations that are meaningful to the client involves emotional, psychosocial, cognitive, and physical aspects of performance. This participation provides a means to enhance health, well-being, and life satisfaction.

Girl practicing shoe tyingThe primary occupations of infants, toddlers, and young children are playing, learning, and interacting with caregivers and, eventually, their peers. Occupational therapy interventions address developmental milestones.  It can look like many things,  such as (but not limited to):

-  Facilitating movement to sit, crawl, or walk independently
-  Learning to pay attention and follow simple instructions
-  Developing the ability to eat, drink, wash, and dress independently
-  Learning to cope with disappointment or failure
-  Achieving sensory modulation
-  Building skills for sharing, taking turns, and playing with peers
-  Participating in age appropriate daily routines.

The primary occupations of older children and teens are:

-  Integrating educational instruction in and outside of school
-  Forming and maintaining productive friendships
-  Beginning the transition to work and becoming more independent
-  Participating in higher education

Also, occupational therapy practitioners have training in psychosocial and mental health conditions and are well suited to address children’s emotional and behavioral needs as they relate to everyday activities and social interactions. For example, occupational therapy practitioners help children develop the ability to cope with challenges, and to use calming strategies to deal with frustration, defuse anger, and manage impulsivity in order to succeed at individual tasks and collaborative interactions at home, at school, and in the community.

Occupational Therapy Chart
Is there an overlap?

Physical therapist’s scope of practice overlaps with occupational therapy in several categories including; postural issues, decreased UB/core strength, crossing midline, coordination, and reflex integration.

Speech therapist’s scope of practice overlaps in two areas, cognition/executive functioning/memory and feeding (i.e. self-feeding and food selectivity/refusal).

Resources: http://www.aota.org/~/media/Corporate/Files/AboutOT/Professionals/WhatIsOT/CY/Fact-Sheets/Children%20and%20Youth%20fact%20sheet.pdf


Meet TheraPLACE’s awesome occupational therapy team:

TheraPLACE Occupational Therapy Department Group Photo

Special Stands

Special Strands Hair Salon

Mallory Head is the owner/master stylist at Special Strands Hair Salon, a salon which provides services for children of all abilities, as well as their family and friends. For those young and old, she provides

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I Spy Nature Walk

I Spy Nature Walk Activity

April showers bring May flowers! This month is a beautiful one to spend outside! Create an I Spy scavenger hunt or bingo with your child. This activity helps build

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Way to go Arabella!

Your're a Star! Way to go Arabella!

little girl eating peachings in high chair

Arabella during Feeding Therapy


TheraPLACE would like to recognize Arabella for her excellent progress over the past several months, especially in the areas of feeding and expressive communication.  She began her time at TheraPLACE with a very limited diet and concerns with lack of weight gain as well as use of only a few words.  Arabella has greatly increased her diet variety to include things like yogurt, raspberries, mangos, strawberries, blackberries, and peanut butter!  She has  improved significantly in her self-feeding skills and is gaining weight.  Arabella says many more words independently and has began to imitate words she hears.  She says new words during every session and her vocabulary grows all the time!  Her hard work is really paying off—way to go, Arabella!

Speech Therapy Scope of Practice

Speech Therapy Scope of Practice

The overall objective of speech therapy or speech-language pathology services is to optimize individuals' abilities to communicate and swallow, therefore improving quality of life. Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) are responsible for providing the following services: collaboration with other disciplines for holistic care (i.e. OT and PT),

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SHARE - Special Needs Help Finding Activities and Recreational Events

This month TheraPLACE’s spotlight is on the Facebook Group SHARE-Special Needs Help Finding Activities and Recreational Events. When Donna Bleuel McGraw, the founder of SHARE,

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