Catherine Hayden, Occupational Therapist

Hello and welcome to my page! My name is Catherine Hayden. I have been working as an occupational therapist here in the Westwood Regional School District for 18 years. I graduated from Kean College in 1993 with a bachelors degree in psychology. I graduated from Columbia University achieving a masters degree of science in occupational therapy in 1997. My specialty is in pediatrics. I enjoy expanding my knowledge base through attending professional development courses and working closely with stakeholders to meet the needs of students. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, playing sports and reading.

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Q: At what age should my child be able to write their name?

A: Developmentally speaking, children should be able to copy their name from a model at 5 years of age. As with all children, some are able to do this at a younger age and some will take a little longer.

Q: My child holds the pencil incorrectly, what should I do?

A: It doesn't need to be perfect, just functional. Check out this website for tips: https://theanonymousot.com/2013/03/22/when-to-fix-a-pencil-grasp/

Q: How do I encourage my child to dress themselves?

A: Start with having your child undress himself! Show your child how to remove their shirt (tuck arms in) and pull over head. Lay your child's clothes out first. Start with elastics. Put hooded sweatshirts on first. Have child put sit down while sitting on ground. Make it fun!!