Summer Fun!

Summer Fun!

The sun is finally shining and there are so many great ways to work on gross and fine motor skills when outdoors! Here are a few to fill these beautiful sunny days: Get your hands in the sand! If you are lucky enough to be near a beach/lake, make sure to bring your...
Learning To Use Scissors

Learning To Use Scissors

How can I help my child learn to use scissors? Scissor skills can be very tricky for little hands! Why is this??? Because it is a skill that requires bilateral integration: the ability to use both sides of your body in a coordinated way. When cutting with scissors,...
Our OT’s Favourite Apps

Our OT’s Favourite Apps

With everyone walking a fine line of home-schooling, social distancing and everything else that has our stress levels to the max, we thought we’d share some of our favourite apps to help educate and relieve some of the guilt some folks feel about screen time....
Why do I need to use a visual schedule?

Why do I need to use a visual schedule?

A Visual Schedule is a tool that can contain pictures or written words to help a child understand the plan for a period of time. This can help them prepare for upcoming activities, which can help with transitions. Adults use visual schedules all the time – often...
Halloween – The Spookiest Time of the Year!

Halloween – The Spookiest Time of the Year!

Halloween is an exciting time for many kids! However for some children with sensory processing challenges it can be difficult to participate in all of the activities. Here are some quick tips from our OT to keep in mind this halloween: Halloween is an exciting time...
Joint Attention – Why do we need it?

Joint Attention – Why do we need it?

Joint attention or shared attention is the shared focus of two individuals on an object. It is achieved when one individual alerts another to an object by means of eye-gazing, pointing or other verbal or non-verbal indications. It is one of the cornerstones of...
The Dreaded (pun intended) Haircut

The Dreaded (pun intended) Haircut

Many children with sensory processing difficulties have trouble staying regulated when getting their hair cut. This experience can provide a lot of uncomfortable tactile and auditory input. There is also often a stranger in their personal space, and this can be scary....
Brush, brush, brush away!

Brush, brush, brush away!

We constantly hear from parents about the struggle with teeth-brushing. This is quite an invasive task for a child with sensory challenges, and can actually be quite uncomfortable for children with tactile/sensory over-responsivity. Here are a few tips to try and make...
Rain, rain, go away!

Rain, rain, go away!

I don’t know about you, but here at the WiggleKids office in Vancouver it is RAINY season! Not to worry … we’ve got you covered with one of our favourite sensory games to play when your kids are stuck at home indoors (and bouncing off the walls!)It’s OBSTACLE COURSE...
The Tripod Grasp

The Tripod Grasp

What is the Tripod Grasp? (And Why is it important?) A tripod grasp is a functional pencil grasp that uses the thumb, and first two fingers to manipulate a writing utensil. This allows the 4th and 5th fingers to rest and stabilize the hand while printing. This is not...