10 Tips to Prepare Your Child for Middle School

Transitioning to middle school can be an exciting, yet stressful and scary time for both you and your child. Be sure to put these 10 tips on your to-do list to help your student make the transition successfully. 1. Visit your child’s new school once or twice before school starts to help them navigate the.. read more →

10 Ways to Prepare Your Preschooler for Kindergarten

Wondering what to do this summer to prepare your child for kindergarten? Here are 10 ways to boost kindergarten readiness skills as presented in a Handwriting Without Tears webinar: 1. Let the Music Begin.  Music encourages social-emotional, sensorimotor, and cognitive development. Songs can teach body awareness, positional concepts, sorting skills, and the ability to classify by.. read more →

Meet Yrma Perdomo!

In addition to all that Skills 4 Life has to offer, we are thrilled to announce that we will now be extending therapeutic services to the birth to four population. Skills 4 Life is proud to welcome Yrma Perdomo and Sense-Able Connections, to our team! Yrma Perdomo is an occupational therapist with a specialty in.. read more →

Fun Ways to Practice Handwriting

Handwriting practice is extremely valuable for multiple reasons, yet many students are resistive to doing it. Check out these valuable tips and tricks to help your child make the most of their handwriting practice. Handwriting strengthens fine motor and cognitive skills and builds self-confidence and self-esteem. When students have difficulty with handwriting, more often than.. read more →

Test Taking Tips to Help Students ACE Their Exams

It’s test-taking time and who wouldn’t want to guarantee success in ALL subjects? Luckily, there are several strategies that can help you to regulate your nerves and focus come test day. These helpful tips will improve information recall and processing speed. If you utilize these tips along with bringing a positive attitude and a well-rested.. read more →

12 Ways to Help Your Child Cross Midline

Crossing midline is an important developmental skill that is typically mastered when a child is 3 or 4 years old. Crossing midline is the ability to reach across the middle of the body to the other side. It creates connections in the brain by requiring the left and right sides of the brain to “talk”.. read more →

10 Fun Letter Recognition Activities

Letter recognition is the ability to visually recognize letters, differentiate one letter from another, and name the letters of the alphabet. It is a foundational precursor towards learning letter sounds, spelling, reading, and writing. In fact, early skills in letter knowledge are a strong predictor of reading success. At Skills 4 Life, we work with.. read more →

Top 12 Organizing Tips for Families

The new year is a great time to assess opportunities to get organized and kick off the year in a positive and efficient way. Being organized can positively affect almost every other aspect of your and your child’s life, in addition to making daily living less stressful. Eliminating clutter makes life more manageable, creates space.. read more →

Annual Guide for Fun, Educational Gifts for Children

I’m excited to share my fifth annual holiday gift guide with you! I’ve added new educational and therapeutic games, toys, and activities to allow your child to have fun while learning. Many games focus on multiple skill sets and therefore may be listed under more than one category. The games are organized based on the skill sets.. read more →

10 Strategies for Managing ADHD at Home

Having a child with ADHD can be challenging.They may miss important instructions, have difficulty sitting still, struggle to keep their eyes on what they are doing, or be too distracted to carry out basic daily tasks. Some of the parents I work with are desperate for ways to help manage their children’s symptoms at home.. read more →