Hi, I'm Heather!
Here at Growing Hands-On Kids, you'll find child development tips, tools, and strategies through hands-on activities.
My mission is to help you encourage your child or student to reach their fullest potential through hands-on play and developmentally age-appropriate activities.
What You'll Find at Growing Hands-On Kids
Growing Hands-On Kids started in 2015 as a way for me to share activity ideas that I was using in my school-based experience as an Occupational Therapy Assistant.
Since then, it has grown into a website filled with child development tips, tools, and strategies, along with digital download products to use with your child or students.
5 Things About Heather…
- I'm a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. I graduated in 2006 as an Occupational Therapy Assistant and started working in a skilled nursing facility. My dream position was to work in a school-based setting. Three years after graduating I was able to find a school-based position and worked there until 2013.
- I'm a homeschool graduate. I was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school and was able to graduate a year early.
- I met my now husband when we were just 10 years old. We met through church and I was actually friends with one of his sisters first. In college, we started dating and the rest is history. We've been married for 17 years.
- I'm a homeschool mom! We have two children, ages 11 and 8, who we homeschool. Our daughter is in 5th grade and our son is in 2nd grade. For privacy reasons, they aren't on the website much anymore, but you will occasionally find older pictures of both of them doing some of the activities I write about on my site.
- I'm a breast cancer survivor. In December 2021 I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. 2022 through February 2023 has been filled with treatments, but I am thankful for the continued support of my family and the ability to still work from home when I felt like it.
Heather's Professional Background
Heather Greutman is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with experience in school-based services for children ages 3-18 years old.
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants must pass a national certification examination. To maintain their credential, 36 units must be completed every 3 years demonstrating current, ongoing professional development throughout their career. Appropriate use of the COTA credential is essential.
Heather Greutman, COTA – 221409
Occupational Therapists Registered and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants who renew their certification with 24 or more out of the 36 required renewal activities in their primary practice area are able to reflect it as a Practice Area of Emphasis.
*Please note, that a Practice Area of Emphasis does not connote a specialty certification or advanced practitioner certification.
You can also get to the FREE PRINTABLES I offer here.
Other Places Heather Writes
I have written guest posts and other articles from time to time around the internet. You can find some of them below.
- 5 Tips for Pencil Grasp Development – Learning 2 Walk
- 5 Fine Motor Activities for Your Child's Pencil Grasp – Learning 2 Walk
- 40 Sensory Break Ideas for Kids – Lemon Lime Adventures
- Circle Toddler Sensory Bin – Lemon Lime Adventures