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Starting Solid Foods

Starting solid foods with your baby can be an exciting and nerve racking time. Here you’ll find the best practices for how to spoon feed, when to introduce baby food, and how to transition to table foods. Looking for food ideas? Grab our Mega List of Foods for Babies and Toddlers below!

Top 5 Guides for Starting Solids

Child Development Skills

If you want to support and encourage kids' overall developmental skills, you’re in the right place.  You’ll find incredible guides here on core strength, fine motor skills, executive functioning skills, and lots more. Check it all out below!

Top 5 Developmental Skill Guides

School Age Kids

From preschoolers to kindergartners all the way up through the elementary school aged years, this is the place to get all the strategies targeted towards school age kids! Check out our free meal plan for kids and how to help kids fall asleep!

Nutrition

Learn more about kids nutrition, especially as it pertains to picky eaters! Find tasty recipes, portion size recommendations, and even how to teach kids about nutrition.

Top 5 Nutrition for Kids Guides

Recipes

With every one of our picky eater and family friendly recipes, you’ll find simple strategies for helping kids learn to explore and enjoy them. Check out some of our faves like potato skins, crispy green beans, or our mega list of vegetable recipes!

Sensory Issues

This is the place for ALL things sensory: sensory processing, sensory diet, sensory activities, sensory toys, and more, because as OT’s, sensory is our thing!  Get started by grabbing our printable list of 21 sensory red flags you might be missing.

Sensory Diets

A sensory diet is all about meeting your child’s sensory needs to calm, regulate, and improve focus through specific sensory diet activities. Grab our free sensory diet template and list of sensory diet activities below!

Sensory Toys

Sensory toys can be amazing for encouraging any child’s development, but it's especially helpful for regulating kids with sensory issues. Figure out which sensory toys, like fidgets or a sensory swing are best for your child below.

How to Teach Your Baby or Toddler to Eat Table Foods

As OT’s, we’ve worked with A LOT of babies and toddlers that won’t eat solids. Eating is a skill just like talking or walking, and some babies need more help. Snag our Learn to Eat Table Foods printable to get started!

Top 5 Guides to Help Babies That Won't Eat

Baby & Toddler Feeding Milestones

In the first few years of life, babies and toddlers go through a lot of different feeding milestones, from learning to chew to drinking from a straw. Here at Your Kid’s Table, you’ll find detailed guides for each of the feeding milestones. Check them out below!

Feeding Therapy

Here you will find all sorts of resources about feeding therapy, including feeding therapy strategies like food chaining. To get a printable of 20+ feeding therapy ideas and oral motor exercises, click below!

Top 5 Feeding Therapy Guides

Occupational Therapy

Our team is all occupational therapists, so here you will find incredible resources for and about pediatric occupational therapy. Some of our top picks to check out are spatial awareness activities, primitive reflex testing, and sensory integration!

Teens

We have eating and sensory strategies for teens too, and you can find them all here. Let us know if there’s a topic you’d like to see covered for teens!

Top 5 Guides For Teens

Strategies

Get the help you need with our library of strategies to help kids progress in their development or overcome a challenge. Check out our specialties: sensory, picky eating, and babies learning to eat.

Developmental Skills

Get detailed guides about various developmental skills for toddlers, preschoolers, and school aged kids. Developmental skills include fine motor skills, visual perceptual skills, executive functioning, and more. Basically, developmental skills are any skills or milestones that kids need to reach their full development and learn!

Does Hand Dominance Matter? 5 Activities to Encourage Hand Dominance

Wonder if your kid is a righty or lefty? Learn when your child should have clear hand dominance and why it matters. Plus, easy activities to help your child establish hand dominance.  Affiliate links used below. See our full disclosure.   I met my little friend Adam* when he had just turned 6. He was in kindergarten and his family and teachers were worried about his cutting, handwriting, and eating.  The problem was that Adam switched hands every...

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5 Fine Motor Activities to Get Kids Ready for School

Get your kids ready to go back to school with these fun fine motor activities that will have your child’s hands ready for writing and cutting!     Affiliate links used below. See our full disclosure.   Summer is a great time to experience new things. But it’s also a great time to “sneak” in activities that will help your kids develop the fine motor skills they’ll need for the school year. Today, my friend and fellow OT...

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Visual Perceptual Activities: 4 Ways to Boost Your Kids’ Development

Visual perceptual activities are an essential part of development and learning. Kids use visual perceptual skills every day during daily routines. These skills are building blocks for the brain!     Have you heard of visual perceptual skills? They’re a critical part of every child’s development, but it’s another one of those areas that just isn’t talked about much with parents. When a child has visual perceptual difficulties, they may struggle in any...

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7 Unseen Struggles Kids Have in the Classroom That Make Them Look Like a Bad Student

Kids can easily fly under the radar with all sorts of hidden struggles they face in the classroom. Learn 7 often unseen ways your child might struggle in the classroom and how you can help them work through it!   Does your kid seem uninterested in school? Or, maybe they dread it?  Do you get bad reports on their behavior and school work from the teacher on the daily?  Or, maybe since online learning you’ve noticed that your child doesn’t...

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3 Quick Tricks That Improve Fine Motor Skills

Whether your child has a fine motor delay or not, these three tricks are perfect for improving fine motor skills in your child. They don’t require any special set up, just some small adjustments to the activities they’re already participating in.   Last year, at my youngest son’s preschool parent teacher conference, it was suggested that I consider occupational therapy to improve my son’s fine motor skills. As a pediatric occupational...

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Why Your Child Might Need Reflex Integration Therapy or Exercises

Each child is born with a set of critical primitive reflexes to help them develop and keep them safe, but it’s important these reflexes disappear. Learn why and if reflex integration therapy is right for your child. *Affiliate links used below*.   So much happens beyond what we can see as our children grow and develop. It’s pretty extraordinary. But sometimes, seemingly hidden parts of our kids development can go awry. The result is all sorts of...

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Easy Obstacle Course to Improve Handwriting

Does your child need some help with their handwriting, fine motor, and letter recognition skills? These 6 activities that can be used alone or in an obstacle course are perfect for preschool and kindergarten age kids, and are easily adapted for older kids too!        Ten years ago, I would’ve been mortified, but in that decade I had 3 kids. I learned a lot about letting go of perfectionism (my former M.O.) and going with the flow.  Well,...

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Learn Crossing Midline Activities to Improve Your Child’s Development!

Why you need to know what crossing midline is for your child’s development! Plus, 6 therapeutic crossing midline activities you can do at home easily.   Have you heard of crossing midline before? It’s one of those occupational therapy/sensory integration things that us OT’s look for when we’re working with children. We look for it because it’s a skill that’s easy to miss. It’s subtle. But, if a child’s not...

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