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Manual Motor Skills, Daily Living Skills and Autism

Manual Motor Skills, Daily Living Skills and Autism

Developmental Science published research examining the longitudinal development of manual motor skills and daily living skills in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Longitudinal grip strength and finger tapping, along with the relationship to current and future daily living skills, was evaluated in 90 individuals with ASD and 56 individuals with typical development who ranged […]

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Math, Movement and Motor Skills

Math, Movement and Motor Skills

Frontiers in Human Neuroscience published research on math, movement and motor skills.  The participants included 165 children, average age 7.5 years old, who were randomized into three groups for 6 weeks of mathematical instruction: a non motor group, a fine motor math group and a gross motor math group.  The gross motor group performed inter-limb […]

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Proprioception and Handwriting

Proprioception and Handwriting

The Journal of Physical Therapy Science published research on 19 healthy children to investigate the association between proprioception, including joint position sense and kinetic sense, and handwriting legibility in healthy children.  To assess joint position sense, each participant was asked to flex their right elbow between 30° to 110° while blindfolded which was analyzed 3D motion Analysis. Kinetic […]

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Side Stepping Ball Drop Activity

Side Step Ball Drop Photo

Side stepping ball drop is a fun activity to set up that encourages standing, side stepping, reaching, crossing midline, trunk rotation and wrist extension.  You will need recycled cardboard tubes, tape, balls (that fit inside the tubes) and a bench.  This idea is from Therapeutic Play Activities for Children. For set up, tape the recycled cardboard tubes along the wall near the back […]

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Positioning for Play

Positioning for Play Your Therapy Source

During physical play time, children tend to move through various positions and during sedentary play time children tend to maintain the same position for a longer period of time. For example, when playing hide and go seek children move in all different ways such as sitting, crawling, squatting, walking or running. In contrast, when completing […]

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February Digital Magazine for Pediatric Occupational and Physical Therapy

The Your Therapy Source Digital Magazine February 2017 Issue 91 has been published.  Read articles on: ACUTE EXERCISE AND EXECUTIVE FUNCTION IN CHILDREN PHYSICAL THERAPY INTERVENTIONS AND DEVELOPMENTAL COORDINATION DISORDER 15 FREE VISUAL SPATIAL PRINTABLES VISUAL MOTOR INTEGRATION SKILLS AND SPEECH SOUNDS AEROBIC EXERCISE IMPROVED SELF REGULATION AND BEHAVIOR EFFECTS OF TABLET USE ON FINE […]

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Shaving Cream Tracks – Fine Motor and Sensory Activity

Shaving Cream Tracks Photo

Shaving Cream Tracks is a fun activity to set up that encourages fine motor skills, tactile input and crossing midline.  You will need plates, toy cars and shaving cream for this activity.  This idea is from Therapeutic Play Activities for Children. Place the plates in front of the child or one large tray. Squirt shaving […]