Thursday, May 19, 2016

Meet Lori! My Interview With An OT ✏

I LOVE learning!
I’m constantly reading, listening to podcasts, watching webinars and gaining knowledge from others.  Then, I like to share what I've learned in newsletters to you.   On topics like...
I’ve decided a fun approach to sharing what I’ve learned would be to conduct interviews in what I’m going to call the 'Educational Expert Series'.  
There are a variety of factors that affect your child’s learning process, so every other month I’ll be interviewing an expert that will provide great tips/tricks and suggestions for you and your preschooler.

Preschool Readers first, Educational Expert Series interview is with Occupational Therapist and owner of Tampa Kids Therapy, LLC, Lori Kersting!
Lori Kersting of Tampa Kids Therapy, LLC

Name of the business:
Tampa kids therapy, LLC (located in Tampa, Florida).

Your name and position in the business:
Lori Kersting, owner/occupational therapist.

What services do you provide and who do you serve:
We provide occupational therapy, behavioral therapy and academic enrichment for children 0-18.

When and why should a parent have their child work with an occupational therapist:
Occupational therapy benefits all kids who need a boost with fine motor, visual motor, social and sensory development.  

Some things to look for would be...
  • difficulty holding a crayon for coloring
  • doing fasteners
  • self-feeding
  • identifying letters/shapes
  • maintaining self-control
  • following directions
  • getting overwhelmed easily

How can parents work with their child at home:
The best way parents can work with their kids at home is by offering a variety of multi-sensory activities, such as shaving cream, finger painting, textured paper, and exploration with foods!  For more suggested activities click to receive Tampa Kids Therapy's, '5 Highly Recommended Activities For Your 3-4 Year Old From Our Occupational Therapists."
What books do you recommend:
Most of the books I recommend for parents are to encourage social-emotional and sensory development such as:
  • How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends
  • Hands Are Not for Hurting
  • Feelings To Share From A-Z
  • Wilma Jean The Worry Machine
  • My Mouth Is A Volcano
  • Personal Space Camp
  • Whole Body Listening.

How can people connect with Tampa Kids Therapy, LLC:
Happy reading,
Lisa Vodola, Preschool Readers
Preschool Readers would like to add a SPLASH 💦 more fun into your 3-5-year-olds summer plans!  We’re offering Splash Into Reading summer sessions in both Tampa and Jersey, and you can read all about it, HERE.
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Join Preschool Readers in celebrating National Readathon Day THIS Saturday- a day when readers everywhere can join together to read and raise funds in support of literacy.  Join us by snapping a picture of you and your little one reading then post to social media with the hashtags: #PreschoolReaders, #Readathon2016.
All funds will go to the American Library Association, and will benefit its Every Child to Read initiative, a program that supports the early literacy development of children from 0-5 in libraries across the nation. Please join us in empowering libraries across the country by clicking HERE and giving back.


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