Parenting is tough. We want to support parents and give them new ideas and tools to help with their children’s growth and development, so we started a series that offers practical advice, strategies, and approaches that assist with that.
The new series, which leans on the expert advice from one of our pediatric occupational therapists, Jordan Chingo, is aptly called “Parenting Tips: Kid Tested, Pediatric Therapist Approved.” In the series, Jordan shares ideas and demonstrates fun, easy, at-home activities that benefit all children.
If you think that your child could benefit from further support and guidance on how to improve emotional regulation, independence, overall processing, and skill development, please reach out to your primary care provider to discuss a referral to Pediatric Occupational and/or Speech Therapy services at our clinics in Ashland, Hayward, Iron River or Rice Lake.
Episode 1 – Bubble Monster
In the first episode, Jordan shows an activity that shows how respiration calms your child’s nervous system. She calls this activity bubble monster. It’s amazing how just a few bubbles and buckets can make a big difference in your child’s emotional regulation, attention, and processing abilities. Watch the video below to learn more.
Episode 2 – Messy Play and Sensory Bins
If you’re looking for a few activities and ideas that you can do with your children during the winter, that will also help them develop their sensory and tactile (or touch) skills, then we got you covered. Find out about these two hands-on activities in episode 2 of our series.
Episode 3 – Scavenger Hunt
Who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt? A scavenger hunt is a kid-tested, pediatric therapist-approved way for your child to improve their listening and comprehension skills. Our pediatric therapist Jordan makes it even easier for you to get started with this activity with a free resource that lists some things your child can start finding at home to help further develop these skills. Download the resource here.
Episode 4 – Respiration Soccer
In episode 4, Jordan shows us a fun indoor activity that parents, siblings, or peers can do with their child that can be helpful to calm everyone’s nervous system. She calls this activity respiration soccer. This all can be done at home with some supplies you probably already have around the house. Watch the video below to learn more.
Episode 5 – Giving Directions
Episode 6 – Heavy Lifting
Episode 7 – Scheduling
Episode 8 – Working Up to Messy Play
Episode 9 – New Foods
Episode 10 – Sleep
Episode 11 – School Transitions
Episode 12 – Bubbles
Episode 13 – Color Explorer Scavenger Hunt
Are you looking for a fun summer activity you can do with your child that’s not only fun but educational and inexpensive as well? In episode 13 of Parenting Tips: Kid Tested, Pediatric Therapist Approved, Jordan Chingo, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, encourages you and your child to go outdoors during the summer months to try a scavenger hunt. This scavenger hunt comes with a free resource, which can be downloaded here. Watch the latest episode to learn how this activity can improve your child’s developmental skills.
Episode 14 – Outdoor Nature Scavenger Hunt
Does your family like hiking or playing in the yard during the summer months? Then our Pediatric Occupational Therapist Jordan Chingo has another fun outdoor scavenger hunt that you and your child can try. All you need is some cardboard, tape, markers, and some foliage that you can collect along your hike or in your yard. Learn more in episode 14 of our Parenting Tips: Kid Tested, Pediatric Therapist Approved series.
Episode 15 – Movement Paths
Jordan Chingo is back with one final summer activity that you can try together with your child. All you need for this one is chalk. It involves drawing different patterns on the sidewalk to get your child moving. This fun exercise helps with your child’s coordination, motor skills, visual skills, and much more. Find out what the movement patterns are and how to do them in the video.
Episode 16 – Back to School Transitions
With the new school year fast approaching, Jordan Chingo, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, returns to give us some tips to make the transition smoother and more enjoyable for both kids and parents. From establishing sleeping routines to talking about what to expect when they start again, these expert strategies will help to make your child’s school experience a breeze. Don’t miss out and watch the video to learn more.