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Functional Fine Motor Activities for Kids Using Household Items

Functional Fine Motor Activities

Functional Fine Motor Activities for Kids Using Household Items Functional fine motor activities for kids are so important to childhood development.  They are the building blocks for higher level skills such as using scissors, drawing, dressing, eating, handwriting and more!  Children need to experience frequent practice with fine motor activities to refine the movements in […]

Motor Learning Strategy: The Five-Step Approach

Motor Learning Strategy Five Step Approach

Motor Learning Strategy: The Five-Step Approach As pediatric therapists, we constantly utilize motor learning strategies to help children acquire new motor skills.  One motor learning strategy that has been heavily researched is Singer’s Five-Step Approach.  This approach to learning a new motor task consists of the following five steps: Step One – Readying:  The learner adopts […]

Add Laughter to Your Handwriting Practice

Laughter Handwriting Practice

Add Laughter to Your Handwriting Practice Here are some FUN free decoding jokes to add laughter to your handwriting practice!  This activity was created by Thia Triggs, school based Occupational Therapist, and is part of the complete Decoding Jokes packet here. Not only does this activity provide handwriting practice, it also encourages: Executive function and […]

Instruction Influences Handwriting Automaticity in Children

INstruction influences handwriting automaticity in children

Instruction Influences Handwriting Automaticity in Children Reading and Writing published research on handwriting automaticity of 177 Australian children in 23 classrooms at the end of kindergarten and the amount and type of writing instruction they experienced before entering first grade.  Individual child level data (e.g., handwriting automaticity and word-reading skills) were collected and teachers were […]

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Motor Learning in Children with Unilateral Cerebral Palsy

Motor Learning in Children with Unilateral Cerebral Palsy

Motor Learning in Children with Unilateral Cerebral Palsy Disability and Rehabilitation published research to examine explicit and implicit learning in children with unilateral cerebral palsy.  The study compared the motor learning of children with left and right unilateral cerebral palsy and typically developing children while they shuffled disks toward a target using a prism-adaptation design.  Each […]

The Ultimate Guide to Self Regulation in Children

Ultimate Guide to Self Regulation in Children

The Ultimate Guide to Self-Regulation Self regulation is the ability to tolerate sensations, situations and distress and form appropriate responses.  Simply stated, it is the ability to control emotions, thinking, behavior and motor actions in different situations.Here are the many different strategies, Here are the many different strategies, tips and resources that Your Therapy Source has […]

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Drawing Process in Children with Autism

Drawing Autism

Drawing Process in Children with Autism The Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy published an open source article to determine the correlations between the drawing process in children with autism and developmental indexes.  The authors consider drawing to be one of the best tools to objectify the level of maturity reached by the child in psychomotor, cognitive and emotional […]

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Do School Based Therapists Work Over the Summer?

Do School Based Therapists Work Over the Summer

Do school based therapists work over the summer? Many times school based therapists are asked if they work over the summer.  For the past few months, the Your Therapy Source survey asked this question.  One of the reasons was to determine a general idea of whether school based occupational or physical therapists work over the […]

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How to Create a Professional Development Library

Professional Development Library

  How to Create a Professional Development Library We all know how expensive professional development resources can be especially in the therapy world. Textbooks can be pricey along with individual research articles. For school based therapists, why not create a collaborative PD “library”.    Try to create a real collection where all the therapists in […]

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Cut Sequence Paste Draw Dolphin

cut sequence paste draw dolphin

Cut Sequence Paste Draw Dolphin Here is a dolphin activity that includes scissor skills, sequencing, motor planning, visual motor skills and following directions!  All on one piece of paper (translation: NO PREP activity).  This dolphin activity is from the Cut, Sequence, Paste and Draw – Beach.   Print out this activity and the child can cut, sequence, […]