NAEYC 2018 Presentation Download – New Perspectives on Infant and Toddler Behaviors: A Sensory Integration Approach

I’m looking forward to presenting at NAEYC! Download the slides from my presentation here: Download Slides read more →

Hands at Play: Developing Fine Motor Skills for Life (Via Community Playthings)

Young children are naturally curious. They learn about the world by interacting with their peers and by exploring materials with their hands. During their early years, children develop hand skills (fine motor skills) that they will need to be successful for the rest of their lives. They also learn to use their hands for important.. read more →

NAEYC 2017 Presentation Download – Mighty Fine Motor Fun!

The National Association for Education of Young Children 2017 Conference in Atlanta, GA has been a great success. My Fine Motor Fun! Session included more than 300 participants. Check out the powerpoint for my session. For more information on this topic, see my books, Mighty Fine Motor Fun: Fine motor activities for young children and.. read more →

Sensory Integration Webinar: Recognizing and Responding to Young Children with Sensory Issues

Do you know how to work with young children who have sensory processing disorder (SPD)? At least 1 in 20 young children has a sensory processing disorder. The number is even greater in children with autism, ADHD, and learning disabilities. Learn about the brain process, sensory integration, how it affects young children’s learning, and their.. read more →

Featured on Huffington Post: Why Does Sitting Still Equal Learning?

  This piece is excerpted from Rae Pica’s forthcoming book, tentatively titled What If Everybody Understood Child Development?, to be published by Corwin in 2015. Read the full article now on Huffington Post: Read Full Article read more →

News from Copenhagen

What a wonderful adventure I am having in Copenhagen. This is a beautiful historic city filled with massive buildings, canals, and blooming flowers. Each day our class, “Learning Environment and Quality in Early Childhood Education” meets in the morning at Aarhus University. These sessions are filled with information about the importance of the environment, the development of.. read more →

NAEYC 2012 Presentation – BONUS Material

Private Place Center Young children are learning to deal with emotions. They need to learn to identify their own emotions and the emotions of others. They are beginning to understand and follow rules of behavior. These skills help young children develop self-regulation, a very important part of child development. Self-regulation includes interacting effectively with others.. read more →

Welcome to my Early Childhood Blog

Hello and welcome to my blog! I’ll be writing articles relating to Early Childhood Education, focusing on the huge role that educators have in shaping our young children. A little about me: I am a pediatric occupational therapist with more than twenty years of experience working with young children. I’m also a professor of occupational.. read more →