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, Crawling, 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.

A baby wearing knee pads

Crawling, Product Reviews

Best Baby Crawling Knee Pads of 2022

If you want to protect your baby against carpet burns, scrapes and bruises while they crawl then it might be time to purchase baby knee pads.

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. 

Crawling tunnel.

Crawling, Product Reviews

The 9 Best Toddler Crawling Tunnels of 2022

Crawling tunnels are fantastic for developing gross motor skills, teaching sensory perception, and providing a safe environment to exercise and explore.

baby sitting on a play mat

Crawling, Product Reviews

The 8 Best Baby Crawling Mats in 2022

The best baby crawling mats give your baby a safe space to explore and play and a soft place to land as they become more mobile.

baby crawling while proud dad watches

Crawling

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

Crawling, 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.

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

Crawling, 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.

Crawling

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.

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!

baby splashing

Development, Visual Impairment

Helping Your Blind Baby Develop Through Play

As the parent of a visually impaired child, I'm sure you worry about your baby's development, both physically and cognitively. How can you be sure that you're doing all that...

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

Crawling, Visual Impairment

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, Visual Impairment

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, Visual Impairment

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 talking

Communication, Visual Impairment

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.

A group of four yellow labs

Orientation and Mobility

Guide Dogs of America

Guide Dogs of America is dedicated to its mission to provide guide dogs and instruction in their use, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired men and women