Transition Time: From Summer Days to the New School Year

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This post about transitioning into a new school year is brought to you you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Summer is now in full swing and the lazy days have settled in. Our children have more free time, less structure and are hopefully enjoying some time outside enjoying the [...]

Babies: Crawling and Learning to Walk

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This baby play post was provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by guest blogger Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. “You have to crawl before you walk”…. I feel like I use that phrase a lot in my life and find it often holds true…. you can’t master step 2 until you have mastered step 1. For [...]

Play with a Purpose: Doctor Visits with Kids

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This Play with a Purpose post is brought to you you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. As parents, educators and caregivers we know the importance of pretend play. Children of all ages love to dress up and become one of their favorite characters, role model, or even an animal.  [...]

Moving and Learning! Gross Motor Play

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This Moving and Learning post is brought to you you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. Now that the weather is cooperating it is time to get the kids out and have some fun. Often children get bored with the same old outside toys. Getting a few new multi-purpose items [...]

Family Game Night

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This family game night post is provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Over the Thanksgiving holiday while we had family in town, I was reminded of how much fun “family game night” can be. In fact, I asked my kids what their favorite thing about having their Mimi and Grandpa [...]

Fall is in the Air!

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These outdoor autumn activity ideas are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. Ahhh!!!  Fall is in the air!! I love the feeling of the crisp air, the sight of school buses going by, the taste of homemade applesauce (or apple cake!), and the sound of football on the TV. Those things [...]

Sensory Benefits Pool Play

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This post is brought to us by our guest blogger Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures. It’s that time of year again. The sun is shining, the temperatures are rising and the kids are starting to stir. What could be a better summer activity than Pool Play? We all know how fun sand play can be, [...]

Using Play to Promote Core Strength and Handwriting Skills

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These core strength and handwriting skills tips for are provided for the Melissa & Doug blog by Cindy Utzinger, pediatric Occupational Therapist. When your children are playing, I’ll bet you don’t often stop to think about how important play time is for developing their handwriting skills. Handwriting . . . it’s one of those things [...]

Car Trip Tips!

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Summer Travel Sweepstakes: Getting ready for your family vacation? ENTER TO WIN over $200 in prizes from Melissa & Doug and Little Passports. Get the details below! This post of helpful car travel tips is brought to you by our guest writer and special needs consultant Dr. Melissa Liguori, Ed. D. For many of us, the summer is [...]