OT Mom's Learning Activities

OT Mom's fun learning activities are designed especially to boost the skills that children need at school.

What Is This Site About?

Hi, I'm Tracey, a homeschooling mom of 3 with a background in occupational therapy (OT). I have worked with children in private pediatric practice and in schools. I have also worked with parents in impoverished communities, to help them get their kids ready for school with the minimum of resources.

My desire for this website was to inspire parents to help their children develop the skills they need for formal schooling. So many "foundations" need to be in place before children are ready to read and write, and the activities on my website can help get those foundation skills in place.

Most of the activities are easy to do at home and most of them don't use fancy equipment or resources.

Click on the quick links below to see the important info on this page.

A word of caution!
The advice and learning activities on this website are NOT a replacement for evaluation and treatment by an occupational therapist.
The advice and activities are meant to enhance your child's normal development and help your child achieve his or her best potential.
Please contact your health professional if there is any doubt about your child’s development, and read my
disclaimer before proceeding.

Learning Activities On My Site

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Printables and Recommended Products

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Doing These Activities At Home

Firstly, doing these activities is not a substitute for an evaluation and intervention by a qualified occupational therapist.

Please read my article on Occupational Therapy vs "Therapy" Activities At Home to understand why I say that!

Some parents also ask why their child may need extra learning activities in the first place.

If you decide to use any of my learning activities, here are some tips for getting the most out of them:

  • If your child struggles with an activity, then try and make it easier, or simply drop it and try something different. Come back to the original activity in a week or two.
  • Give lots of encouragement and praise good attempts, even if they are not perfect. “You almost did it, well done!” “That was much better!” “Today is even better than yesterday!” “That was a good try!”
  • Check your child's positioning and posture and encourage them to do activities in a controlled way, not in a sloppy way.
  • Who has a good relationship with your child? Sometimes we parents can get stressed over how well our child is doing, and we have less patience than we ought to.
    Perhaps a grandparent, sympathetic teenage relative or friend would be able to spend a regular 10 minutes doing some of these focused activities with your child? 

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"I just wanted to thank you for sharing such wonderful information via your website.

I teach in a self-contained special education classroom.  Most of my children aren't able to write because their fine motor is just not developed.

I was searching for fine motor activities when I came across your website.  Your activities are awesome and I look forward to trying some of them with my students.  Your explanations of "why" were so insightful, so helpful; really caused me to think.

Again, thank you so much!"

Jennifer, US

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