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November 11, 2016

Occupational Therapy: November Around-The-House with Melissa Petcu


Melissa Petcu MS OTR/L, occupational therapist at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development, emphasizes that pediatric occupational therapy is all about “the job of living”. Families can capitalize of events and activities already happening around the house to facilitate development and improve skills. In November, she shares:

Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away! Now is the time to focus on the things you are grateful for before getting into the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  With the spirit of thanks on your heart and mind, take some extra time with your children to incorporate their occupational therapy (or just developmental skill building) goals into the season. 

  1. Practice handwriting and written expression by making a list of the things they are grateful for.
  2. Picky eater? Nothing can be better than helping mom make a new recipe. Especially one of those holiday dishes that your child isn’t offered frequently. Being involved with the cooking is great exposure to the new dish.
  3. Use those visual skills by collecting and sorting items for centerpieces. Leaves, flowers, pine cones, berries, and acorns are readily available this time of year.
  4. Children of all ages can help with setting the table, cooking, clearing the table and washing dishes. Involving the children in these chores boosts confidence and provides that vestibular/ sensory”heavy work” that helps us feel centered and organized.