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September 16, 2016

Occupational Therapy: September 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 September, she shares:

“I am so excited for the change of season. This time of year I think that everyone is ready for a cool off. However, with the cool weather comes the falling leaves.  I even have a few trees in my yard that are already dropping leaves. Looks like the Petcus will be blowing and raking leaves every weekend for the next 3-4 months. For us, yard work is a family affair!”

While the adults have a goal of curb appeal, I know the kids are getting great sensory input and strengthening the core and upper body.  The raking, squatting, bending, twisting, lifting, pushing and pulling are all great ways to get in heavy work.  

Try some of these fun activities while taking care of business!

  • Race to make the most or the biggest leaf pile(s)
  • Add some great vestibular and proprioceptive input by jumping into a large pile of leaves
  • Keep score when throwing acorns or pine cones into a trash can
  • Collect some favorite leaves for arts and crafts such as leaf rubbings