5 Occupational Therapy Activities to Develop Fine Motor Skills

By Nicole Santamaria OTR\L | October 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you have a toddler or preschooler, this is the stage where you need to help your children to strengthen their fine motor skills. Fine motor development is a combination of joint mobility, muscle balance, motor planning and, it’s even related to his ability to pay attention! Here are my top 5 go-to activities to…

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Easy Activities to Teach Proper Pencil Grip

By Nicole Santamaria OTR\L | October 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

You bought a pencil grip and your children or students are using it for everything but to write. When our children are starting to use the pencil grip we need to be aware that this is a new skill they are learning. What I want parents and teachers to know that when we are introducing…

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Fun Ways to Teach Students to Space Between Words

By Nicole Santamaria OTR\L | October 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Do you have a student or a child that you can’t read their writing because all the words are bunch together? In this video, We are talking about spacing between words, the spacing between letters and how we can get our children to leave the right amount of space. This is a visual perception skill…

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How to Teach Proper Pencil Grip to Preschoolers

By Nicole Santamaria OTR\L | October 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Should my kid be using a pencil grip? This is a common question I get from parents and teachers alike. And my answer is:“What’s your reason for wanting a pencil grip?” If you are a home-school parent or a teacher to preschool children,  I’ll share with you some tips on what you need to teach…

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Should Children Learn Upper or Lowercase Letters First?

By Nicole Santamaria OTR\L | September 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Should we teach preschoolers capital letters or lowercase letters first? This a debate I hear quite often, so in this video I’ll talk from my perspective and experience as a pediatric occupational therapist.   Here you will learn the arguments for teaching capital letters first or both at the same time. I’ll also provide you some…

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Why Learning Coloring and Scissor skills are so Important in Preschool for Handwriting Grasp

By Nicole Santamaria OTR\L | September 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Help your preschooler to strengthen all the muscles of his hand with these 2 basics but very important fine motor activities: coloring and cutting using  scissors. These pre-writing skills are designed to prepare your children to improve pencil grasp and handwriting. In this video I’ll share with you easy coloring and scissor activities that you…

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Find out why your preschooler should know everything about shapes to be a good future writer

By Nicole Santamaria OTR\L | September 23, 2019 | 0 Comments
basic shapes for preschoolers

What are the basics your preschooler needs to know BEFORE learning formal writing? In this video we cover why learning basic shapes are really important when they are learning letters. Also, what is the most common mistake I see in the classrooms and how to solve it? I’ll share with you fun  activities and ideas…

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5 Steps for Successful Preschool Writing.

By Nicole Santamaria OTR\L | September 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Writing for Preschoolers!  Do you have a little one that’s just starting preschool (so adorable), maybe they are starting pre-K three, maybe they’re starting pre-K four? Are you worried about what the expectations are as far as writing for when they go into kindergarten?   You are not alone.  Believe it or not, writing for…

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The Importance of Cutting and Coloring in Pre School

By Nicole Santamaria OTR\L | September 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Preschoolers and prewriting skills can be a complicated journey. Sometimes we forget the basics, move on to pencil and paper and wonder why they can’t write.  My suggestion is to slow down and get back to basics!   What are the basics and why are they so important?  I am talking about coloring and cutting-…

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Getting Middle School Systems for Success!

By Nicole Santamaria OTR\L | August 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

This is my third child going through middle school. I would consider myself a seasoned parent. I can look back and see where I should have spent a bit more with my older kids. Our family has many great traits. Systems and organizing are not one of them. I think it is a defect in…

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Do you notice your child doing any of the following?
o Using an awkward grip.
o Difficulty recognizing letters
o Letter or number reversals
o Illegible writing
o Difficulty with hand dominance
o Issues with spacing between words.
o Placement of letters on lined paper
o Writing is too large or too small
o Struggling with learning

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