EZPZ for therapists

How to stop the disastrous mealtime spills!

<Finding a new product that I can use with students to improve their time on task AND  limit messes is no easy feat.  In fact, it’s a bit of a miracle. EZPZ>

I am so excited that I have become an affiliate for this amazing company – EZPZ!  So I’m able to give you a link to get an extra 10% off any EZPZ that you  purchase! (See below for links and discounts)

I have a lot of students on my OT caseload who are clumsy, uncoordinated, and distracted.

Then, there are the students who are impulsive, avoidant, and behavioral.

This leads to TONS of spilled paint, knocked over blocks, and (the worst) tiny items that end up ALL OVER my classroom floor.

Sound familiar?


You set your child up with some “finger food” or maybe some yogurt. And the next thing you know, pieces or globs flying all over.  You have a nice family meal ready, you’re about to sit down, and a bowl of spaghetti falls on the floor.

All it takes is one overturned bowl to wreck your day.



At school, I often set my kids up with a  “fine motor” activity, and they immediately knock the bowl over.  Now, ten minutes of my thirty-minute session are spent crawling on the floor, looking for tiny rolling beads under the desks, etc. so that no one takes that “banana peel” spill when they enter the room.  Sigh.

Think about all the water that gets spilled with watercolors, all the paint that drips off the edges of the table when a child knocks over the paint cup.  UGHH.


How to stop your “swiping” child from knocking things over

And don’t forget the ones who do it on purpose!   Ugh.  I always end up with a few “Swipers” on my caseload,  too. The “swipers” are the impulsive children who are able to “swipe” a bowl of paint to the floor faster than a speed of lightening.  It’s miraculous, really.

But the mess is what stinks.  It’s annoying, but it takes away from learning time (sometimes that is their secret plan).


The EZPZ trays are my new Go-To trays for fine motor and “spillable” activities. They have improved my teaching and therapy time considerably.


How does the EZPZ work?

The EZPZ is an all in one BOWL AND MAT made of silicone.  It magically adheres to the surface – this could be a table, desk, or even the floor.  The “bowl” part is attached to the tray, so it can’t be knocked over!  It comes in a bunch of different styles, so you can pick the one that is best for you.

  • Dishwasher safe
  • 100% Silicone
  • Hypo-Allergenic

And my favorite part?


As an OT, this gives me countless ideas for fine motor and visual motor activities. Plus, it makes it so easy to incorporate literacy into your treatment sessions.

Here are just a few ways I’ve used the EZPZ trays in my therapy sessions:

  1.  Loving this  EZPZ as a sorting tray


No more tiny beads dropping everywhere!


Use a dry erase marker to make each section a different color. It wipes off easy with soap and water or a Lysol wipe! Brilliant!


2.  Loving The Happy Mat EZPZ to work on body awareness, learning to draw a person, and identifying body parts.  (My mommy friend uses it with her child who HATES when different foods touch)



3.  Loving how it folds right up so I can stick in my therapy bag!

It so flexible enough to stuff in my rolling backpack! Gotta love a portable therapy tool!

It so flexible enough to stuff in my rolling backpack! Gotta love a portable therapy tool!


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Today we have a guest post from Occupational Therapist Hope Caracci.  Hope specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Sensory Processing Dysfunction.  She is a well-known speaker who often presents on the topic of Autism Spectrum Disorder. (See below for more information on her next conference in November).


Are you having difficulty motivating your clients or your child to participate in learning activities?

Learning a new skill requires the internal drive to do so.  Unfortunately, children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) often lack intrinsic motivation.

As an experienced OT who has presented and written extensively about Autism Spectrum Disorder, I have some secrets to share!

These are my 5 tried and true techniques to identify what is interesting and meaningful to a child with ASD.  

They really work, and can help you to improve the child’s participation significantly!

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Best Baby Shower Gift Ever And It’s Not On The Registry

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I have a confession:  I hate baby showers.

And bridal showers too.

I know it makes me a horrible  person.  And I am TRULY happy for my friend and their new milestone.  I just hate having to sit somewhere for four hours drinking punch with no liquor in it when I could be reading a book, going to yoga or cleaning out my closet.

I’m a terrible person.  I know.

BUT – I suck it up and do my womanly duty because it’s the right thing to do and I know my friend needs the loot.

Plus, I LOVE to give presents.  I always give my BEST EVER “Miss Jaime OT” baby shower gift. I’ve perfected it over the years and every one of my friends has gushed about how useful it was.   Plus, NO ONE thinks to register for it.

 I can’t wait to share it with you!

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Every new mom registers for diapers, bottles, and  sheets, etc.  They go up and down the aisles aiming their “gift gun” at all kinds of silly things that they may never end up using; noise machines, diaper genies, and special “baby” detergent.


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Your Child With Special Needs: How to Conquer Independent Bathing

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Your child with a Special Needs: How to conquer independent Bathing

<20 plus Occupational Therapy tips and strategies to facilitate independent showering and bathing for your child with special needs>

“I have no time to myself.  Ever.  My other kids were at least taking a bath by themselves by the time they were 7, but I can’t leave him alone….”

The young mom had bags under her eyes and a stain on her T-shirt.  The corners of her mouth turned down in a helpless, sad expression as she looked at her sweet ten-year-old child with Down’s Syndrome who was playing quietly with the toys in the waiting room.

She was exhausted.

Raising a child with special needs can do that to you.

I spent 5 years working as an Occupational Therapist in a residential home for adults with Developmental Disabilities.  Plus, working with dozens of families who have a child with special needs has taught me a few AMAZING tricks.

And I’m happy to share every one of them.

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The App That Will Make You a Hero To Your Dysgraphic Students

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With two weeks left of school, the middle school was HOT and sticky.  The smell of sweaty teenagers who just didn’t want to be in school permeated through the hallways.  As I sat across from the teenager who “HATES writing”, I could see his face growing red.

The tears were building up.

And he still had one more essay to finish.

Having to concentrate on a final exam is just torture for anyone, but it’s even worse for a child with a disability.   

Thank goodness I found a way to help this poor child. 


Does this sound familiar? 

If you know someone who is dysgraphic, you’re familiar with the symptoms.

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  • Difficulty with spelling
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Amberlynn Slavin, a college student in an Occupational Therapy program, came up with this amazing idea and then brought it to fruition.   I find myself brimming with ideas, but I’ve still never invented anything!  Amberlynn was kind enough to answer a few questions about the process of inventing and developing an app.

Here are the questions that I had for Amberlynn….

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The Crucial Importance of Positioning in the Classroom


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Positioning in the classroom is a HUGE part of student success.  In fact, “properly fitted furniture is essential if children are to learn handwriting efficiently” (Henderson &  Pehoski, 1995).

One of my biggest pet peeves about working in the school system is the gosh darn furniture.   Children are often seated in furniture that is just not the right size for them, and it totally stinks.

On top of that, many teachers have never been trained to check if a child’s desk or chair is the right size.   For the ones who do check, what are the chances that the school has other furniture available?   Sigh.  Rant Over.

The point is – what adult would tolerate working all day at a desk that was way too high? Companies spend a fortune supplying their workers with wrist supports to avoid carpal tunnel injuries and screen guards to protect employees vision.  Shouldn’t we make sure our students are in the proper position, too? Continue reading