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Making Sense Episode 2: Oral Motor Exercises

In this week’s episode of Making Sense, Megan Lehman describes different strategies to help with oral motor skills. Lehman explains how various snacks can soothe oral input sensitivities and needs, and how fun activities like making edible necklaces, blowing balloons, and straw games improve oral motor skills.

Top 5 Questions to Ask an OT

Occupational therapists’ have a unique skill set to provide support and enhance your child’s participation in school. Their ideas can be applied at home to help with homework, self-care and other daily routines.

OT/PT Early Intervention Services

The Occupational Therapists and the Physical Therapists provide a wide range of early intervention services to and on behalf of children and families. Services are designed to support family outcomes in areas of family routines and community activities, which contribute to the child’s learning and development.


Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists also have similar training, and in the state of Maryland, they must be licensed through the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. There are, however, some basic differences between OTs and PTs. Occupational Therapists focus on helping people with daily life skills (or “occupations”), including tasks that require fine motor skills, as well as self care skills.

OT/PT Laws and Impact

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that all children suspected of having a disability be assessed to determine if there is a need for early intervention or special education.