My name is John Haber. I’m a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and the founder of Nogginsland.
I became a COTA in 2003, and then went back to school much later receiving my Master’s Degree in OT from Mercy College in New York in 2016. During my last level 2 fieldwork affiliation, where I was placed in a preschool, I began to notice a disturbing trend. I was seeing an alarming number of my students struggling with even grasping the concept of scissor use. In an attempt to teach my children how scissors worked, I started added character faces to the scissor blades, so when the scissors were opened and closed, the character appeared to be “biting”. The kids got a kick out of it, and it seemed to be effective.
Our mission is to supply educators, therapists, and caregivers of young children with effective interventions for the development of fine and visual motor skills through play.
Above all, we at Nogginsland value play. We believe that play is the great motivator, and that the most effective interventions are those that are built on fun and imagination.