Pediatric occupational therapists (OTs) have the best jobs in the world. We get to spend time with children of all ages,
sizes, and abilities and help them to develop skills to maximize participation in the “occupations” of everyday life.
 
What is a child’s primary occupation? Playing. How do OTs know when our interventions are working? That’s simple.
Our clients are having a great time, and we are too. Not many professionals get to use fun as the chief criterion of whether
 they are doing their jobs well!

When Barbara Smith asked me to write the foreword to this wonderful book, I was delighted. From cover to cover, these
 pages are packed with great activities and practical information you can use to help the child you love or work with (or both!)
 to build developmental skills. How will you know whether you are doing it the right way? Once again, it’s simple. You and
the child will both be having fun.

If your child is meeting motor milestones basically on time, there is a wealth of ideas and insights within these pages for you.
You’ll gain a deeper understanding of how your child is developing and learn ways you can help to foster your child’s exciting new abilities.
 

If your child has developmental delays, take heart. Remember that milestones are general guidelines and all children develop
at their own pace. Celebrate what your child can do right now and build from there. This book is an essential resource for
understanding what is going on with your child, and learning about tools and techniques that will help you to help your child
to flourish. If your child is receiving services such as OT, physical therapy, speech language therapy, or special education,
you’ll want to share this book with them. These developmental specialists can point out which activities are best for your
 child right now and help you to modify them to meet your child’s unique needs.

So many parents are overbooked and overwhelmed these days. Hopefully this is not the case for you, but even if it is, you can
still make time for the types of play that promote reading and writing readiness. Barbara Smith has made it easier for you
with this book. Within these pages, you'll find suggestions for toys and equipment you can make yourself or find in most toy stores.

Barbara Smith has made it easier for you with this book. Within these pages, you’ll find suggestions for toys and equipment
you can make yourself or find in most toy stores.
 
Set aside time each day for play. Turn off your cell phone and the television, and have a blast together. Kids love repetition,
so don’t hesitate to do the same activities over and over. This book will teach you how to add variety to keep it interesting as
well as how to make an activity a bit easier or harder so that your child is always challenged, engaged, and successful.

I know you will enjoy reading and using this book. Have fun playing!

 
Lindsey Biel, OTR/L
New York City

Co-Author, Raising a Sensory Smart Child

Sensorysmarts.com