Hi! I’m Joanne!
As a Pediatric Occupational Therapist who specializes in working with infants, toddlers, kids in the early childhood years, and their families, using toys that supports development are a staple in my therapy practice. I would devote many hours analyzing toys I find online or in a store to see how they can aide in growing anyone of my kiddos functional skills. Being an Occupational Therapist (OT) was the best job ever, or at least I thought, until I added a new job title to my life.….I became a Mom! And now instead of being a guest in the lives of families, I now have a family of my own. Watching development happen in front of my eyes, 24/7. Being an OT MOM inspired me to start SMILE A WHILE developmental toys. Toys that are intentionally designed for parent-child cooperative engagement and age-based skills. I can now share with the world toys that I put my own touch on, using my specialized training and skill for understanding child development. I hope your family finds as much joy as mine does with these toys.