Jill Mays, MS, OTR/L, Helps Parents Understand How Play Leads to Handwriting Success

As we head into the fall and a new school year, Jill Mays, MS, OTR/L wants to share the latest addition to her new website, TheMotorStory.org  In her letter, Jill tells us that no matter what her workshops entail (Sensory Motor Development, Sensory Integrations, Play…) the question of HANDWRITING always comes up!

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Spring Break Activities For Kids Without Breaking the Bank

Spring Break Activities For Kids Without Breaking the Bank

Teachers and kids are looking forward to it but many parents hate when it rolls around…Yes, it’s Spring Break time again. How can families remove some of the STRESS of Spring Breaks? Many working parents must take time off to care for their children and they want this free week from school and work to be a happy, family event. How to plan Spring Break activities for kids without breaking the bank? Should you be looking for educational, scheduled, paid for activities or just enjoy free from routine, spur of the moment, fun things to do?

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Are We Over-Scheduling Kids? Is It All Work and No Play?

Are We Over-Scheduling Kids? Is It All Work and No Play?

Over-Scheduling kids may cause stress.  Are you over-scheduling your children? Is it all work and no play in your home? Free play vs scheduled activities for children: is there a happy medium? Listen to the wishes of any of your adult friends. What do you hear most often? How they are too busy or too overwhelmed or how life is too hectic and how they are looking forward to a vacation or long weekend to relax and recharge their batteries.  Now listen to your kids, tweens or teens. Listen to your special needs child.  Do they feel the same way?

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Importance of “Play” for Kids, Tweens, and Teens

Importance of “Play” for Kids, Tweens, and Teens

Jill Howlett Mays, MS, OTR/L was my guest on The Coffee Klatch Tweetchat I hosted a few years back.  We had a marvelous session on some of the topics covered in her book Your Child’s Motor Development Story Understanding and Enhancing Development from Birth to Their First Sport that came out in the Fall of 2011. Our topic of discussion was Importance of “Play” for Kids, Tweens, and Teens. For the first segment of our session I had a Q&A period with Jill and then it was Open Forum so participants could tweet questions or comments.

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