Surprising Things Parents Ask an Occupational Therapist

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Surprising Things Parents Ask an Occupational Therapist

February 17, 2013 - 9:56 am

Parenting Styles and Occupational Therapy

Parents ask a lot of great questions about their parenting styles when I am helping their children in occupational therapy or about child development in general.


  • Parents often ask about balancing therapy time for their child with play time, in addition to finding time for themselves too.


  • Over the past 20 years of my practice as an occupational therapist, parents have shared their worries about choosing the right or the best toys to help their child’s development and education.


  • I get questions about the right and best toys from parents of typical children…and from parents of children who may have a developmental or learning challenge  Often the choice of the right and best toy in these situations is even harder.


  • Parents are often undecided, wanting to be modern in their approach and move beyond old-fashioned toys for their young children but parents also don’t want to be too technology dependent on the screens of TV's, computers or smart phones or tablets.


  • We, occupational therapists also work hard to learn to find the right balance between the value of physical play and the integration of technology for play, homework and entertainment.


  • There are hidden problems in parenting too:  new moms, new dads and new grandparents are often exhausted by the physical care of their infant or toddler and put themselves at risk for injury.  Have you ever heard the adage, “Bend your knees, not your back?”  It applies to picking up an infant or todder as well!

  • And a unseen physical problem for children? We pack them off to daycare, pre-school, or school with so many supplies for the day we don’t stop to think that backpack for school is going to hurt them by weighing too much.  Is your child’s backpack less than 10% of your child’s weight?  It should be. And that 10% rule applies to your work bag too!


If you’re a parent I want to show how to easily find quality time for yourself and your child.


For example, with my 20 years experience as an occupational therapist working with children and their parents, grandparents and teachers, I assure you there is a balance between an old fashioned rattle and a smart phone for your toddler to play with that will help them develop skills and learn.


New moms, new dads and new grandparents:   protect your back!  Ensured you are able to care for your child.  Don’t let poor posture, or picking up your infant or toddler hurt you too.


And finally going off to daycare pre-school or school is a big step; make sure the bag you pick is the right one for your child.   And teachers, check what your students are carrying home!  Is it 10% or less than the child’s body weight when full?


Play, quality parent-child time, reducing screen time, technology and toys, parent resouces and much more are covered in detail in my FREE eBook: Enliven Your Child’s Days with Educational Activities and Parenting Best Practices.

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Further Reading

A Just Right Start to Kindergarten


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