Development

Learn how to support your baby as they grow and develop through milestones, including gross motor and fine motor development as well as communication skills.

Filter by: Communication, Fine and Gross Motor, Orientation and Mobility

Baby's teeth coming through in the wrong order.

Development

Help! My Baby’s Teeth Are Coming Through In the Wrong Order

Noticing your baby’s teeth coming through in the wrong order can cause concern. Put your mind at ease with facts on your child’s tooth development.

Cute little boy taking off his sock at the park

Behavior, Development

Self Help Skills: Helping Your Child Achieve Independence

Self help skills are behaviors or activities performed by your child which lead to them developing more independence and autonomy.

Baby's legs in jumper.

Development, Parenting

Baby Jumper Age Ranges: The Right Ages to Start & Stop

Jumpers give parents and caregivers a safe place to put the baby for a few minutes while they take a much-needed break or get other things done.

Mom holding pacifier in baby's mouth.

Development, Parenting

Help! How Do I Keep a Pacifier in My Baby’s Mouth?

The tricky thing about using a nighttime pacifier is keeping it in your baby’s mouth so both of you can get a restful, deep sleep. Here's our solutions. 

baby crawling while proud dad watches

Development, Fine and Gross Motor

The 6 Baby Crawling Types Explained

Crawling is an exciting milestone, but did you know there are different baby crawling types that could be completely normal for your infant?

Crawligator

Fine and Gross Motor, Toys

Crawligator Tummy Time Support

The Crawligator is a safe and fun way to promote tummy time by supporting crawling mobility and helping develop gross motor skills.

baby in a play space

Orientation and Mobility

Defined Spaces: How to Create Big and Small Playspaces for Children Who are Visually Impaired

A defined space is any area in which meaningful objects are kept in predictable, accessible, and easily detectable locations.

a yellow lab puppy

Orientation and Mobility

Southeastern Guide Dogs

Southeastern Guide Dogs places skilled companion dogs with children with vision loss and guide dogs with teens as young as fifteen.

baby boy crawling toward a plush ball

Fine and Gross Motor, Product Reviews

Best Crawling Toys for Babies in 2022

The best crawling toys for babies not only serve as encouragement for crawling, but also provide entertainment and opportunities for exploration.

Baby crawling on carpet.

Development, Fine and Gross Motor

How To Encourage Crawling: 10 Creative Tips for Your Baby

Tummy time is one of the greatest forms of encouragement you can give to your baby as she learns how to crawl. Now learn what the other nine are.

little girl doing sign language

Communication, Potty Training

How to Use Sign Language for Potty Training

Sign language can be helpful for potty training young children who are pre-verbal, kids with special needs, or for multilingual families.

Developmental Journals

Development

Developmental Journal for Young Children with Disabilities

The United Kingdom's Department for Children, Schools and Families provides templates for monitoring educational protocols and developmental goals.

blind baby crawling

Fine and Gross Motor

When does a blind baby start crawling?

When does a blind baby usually start to crawl? When should I start to be worried that there is another issue besides blindness?

DIY toys

Fine and Gross Motor, Toys

6 DIY Toys to Encourage Fine Motor Development

I talked to an OT about some of the home-made toys she creates for her students to help them learn fine motor skills. Here are six of my favorites!

Make your own white cane lapel pin with beads

Advocacy, Orientation and Mobility

Make Your Own White Cane Lapel Pin for White Cane Day

Celebrate White Cane Day with your very own white cane lapel pin! Show your white cane pride with this hand-made bead pin.

a prototype of the learning blanket with six panels

Fine and Gross Motor, Sensory Activities

The Learning Blanket: Tactile Activity Blankets & Pillows for Visually Impaired Kids

The Learning Blanket creates interactive blankets and pillows for kids who are blind, each containing visual, sensory, tactile and educational activities.

crawling baby

Fine and Gross Motor, Orientation and Mobility

Crawling & Climbing for Blind Babies

Crawling and climbing are two very important developmental milestones for babies and children who are blind. Some babies may skip these steps or reach them later than their typically developing...

Water Bottle Peg Board

Fine and Gross Motor

Recycling OT Videos

Barbara Smith shares videos with ideas for making interesting games and toys out of basic materials that will encourage fine motor skills.

boy kissing his hand

Communication

Teaching Your Visually Impaired Child Sign Language

Jennie writes about how she taught her son, Max, to sign. Max is totally blind and does have a few verbal words, but using signs to augment his early communication...

blind child listening

Communication, Special Needs

Helping your blind child develop effective listening skills

Learning to listen carefully and distinguish between different sounds is an important skill for any child, but espeically for children with visual impairments. Lesley Potgieter explains how to assess your...

Ivan and his switch

Assistive Technology, Communication

Switch Play: Using a switch for communication and play!

For children who are non-verbal or have low motor coordination, switches can be a great way to augment their play. If you're just getting started with a switch you may...

Ivan playing with his toy

Development, Special Needs

Development Charts for Blind & Visually Impaired Babies & Children

Blind children are known to have delayed development is several key areas, such as fine motor skills and cognitive development. We provide age-range development charts with with visual impairment in...

hands holding a colorful heart shaped puzzle

Behavior, Development

Is My Blind Child Autistic? One Parent’s Experience

Parents who are trying to determine whether their child's behaviors are related to their visual impairment, or a symptom of autism, benefit from Mary's story about learning to identify her...

Ivan talking

Communication, Special Needs

You Can Say That Again! Echolalia in Visually Impaired Children

Learn why children who are visually impaired repeat back what they hear, and how parents can help minimize repetition in a constructive way.