Motor Therapy

Welcome to the Motor Therapy web page!  Our OT and PT staff had an exciting beginning of the school year working with your kids!  We have participated in many theme weeks this school year including a week of all about me, celebrating fall, and plenty of apple activities.  We all look forward to working with your kids each day.  On this web page will be helpful tips and tricks for things to do with your kids at home that can help increase fine and gross motor skills!

 

Our Therapy team includes:

Mary Wagoner began working as a Physical Therapist with the Fox District since June of 1992.  Prior to this she was a parent educator for 5 years with Parents as Teachers.

Pam Walters is an Occupational Therapist who has been working in the district for 26 years. 

Rachel Moyie is an Occupational Therapist who has been working in the district for 3 years.

And the newest members to the early childhood OT/PT team: Brittany Mantle and Kristen Stauber.  Brittany has been a pediatric occupational therapy assistant for 3 years.  While Kristen has been a pediatric physical therapist for 8 years.



Here are some fun activities that promote fine and gross motor activities:

Pine Cone Painting- This is a great opportunity to go on an outside nature hike to pick up pinecones in the back yard! After which you can bring them inside to paint.  Add red, green, yellow, and orange paint to make it a fun fall theme!

Carving a pumpkin- carving a pumpkin is a great way to promote sensory exploration of messy textures!

Paper pumpkin making-  There are several great fine motor activities that involve pumpkins.  You can have your child cut out a pumpkin or decorate a pumpkin using stickers, markers, and crayons.  Another pumpkin craft involves drawing an outline of a pumpkin then have your child rip orange paper, and glue the paper onto the pumpkin.

Indoor obstacle course- As it starts to become a little colder outside, it can be fun to build an indoor obstacle course.  The best part is that the course can be different each time because you get to choose which items around the house you would prefer.  For example you can put the couch cushions on the floor and have your child walk across the cushions or you can have your child crawl under the kitchen table to get great deep pressure input!