Autism and Friendship Skills

If you are a pediatric therapist or special education teacher, you have probably helped when it comes to students with autism and friendship skills. We all know that children with autism want friends, but it can be a struggle.  Having friends is so important for all child's emotional outcomes and quality of life.

If you are a pediatric therapist or special education teacher, you have probably helped when it comes to students with autism and friendship skills. We all know that children with autism want friends, but it can be a struggle.  Having friends is so important for all children’s emotional outcomes and quality of life. What does […]

Upper Limb Contractures in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology published research on upper limb contractures in children with cerebral palsy. One-third of the children developed contractures. Age and risk factors are discussed.

Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology published research on upper limb contractures in children with cerebral palsy. The study investigated the longitudinal development of passive range of motion (ROM) in the upper limbs in 771 children with cerebral palsy (average age 11 years, 8 months), and evaluated which children were more likely to develop contractures related to functional […]

Apple Gross Motor Activity – Free Printable

The Apple Sensory Motor Packet includes 25, no-prep, apple themed activities to practice gross motor, fine motor, and visual perceptual skills.

Don’t you just love when the crisp Fall air begins to settle in and it is apple picking time?  There is nothing like eating a fresh apple right off of the tree.  Not only are apples tasty, but apple picking involves many sensory experiences for children including gross motor, fine motor, oral motor, and visual perceptual […]

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Research Review on Sensory Techniques

The American Journal of Occupational Therapy recently published a research review on sensory techniques and sensory environmental modifications for children with sensory integration difficulties.  The study reviewed 11,436 articles published between January 2007 and May 2015 to find research that reflected high levels of evidence, participants demonstrated sensory integration difficulties, and outcome measures addressed function or […]

Using Video Modeling to Help Students Transition Between Activities

Have you ever considered using video modeling to help students transition between activities?  During the elementary and preschool day, transitions account for 25% of the day.  That’s a lot of transitions!  No wonder why teachers ask OTs and PTs for help when students are having difficulties with transitions.   Skills Needed for Successful Transitions in the […]

Working Memory Practice Exercise

Working memory is a part of short-term memory that allows us to hold and use information in our minds for brief periods of time.  It is used when a student needs to think and remember at the same time.  You can get a working memory practice exercise for your students below. Dr. Erica Warren, a learning […]

September 2018 Digital Magazine for Occupational and Physical Theray

Better late than never!  The September 2018 Digital Magazine for Occupational and Physical Therapy has been posted. This months articles include: HOW TO CHANGE FROM A NEGATIVE TO A POSITIVE MINDSETEXTENDED TIME FOR TESTS – WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH SAY? VISUAL MOTOR SKILLS, EXECUTIVE FUNCTION, AND ACHIEVEMENT IN CHILDRENWILL MY CHILD WITH CEREBRAL PALSY RUN? VISUAL TREATMENTS FOR […]

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Deep Breathing Exercises for Children

There are many benefits of deep breathing exercises for children.  Not only will they help children but the adults who are leading the deep breathing exercises will also benefit.  10 Benefits of Deep Breathing Exercises for Children Decreases stress.Reduces anxiety.Helps you to remain calm.Strengthens sustained attention.Sharpens the ability to focus and learn.Slows the heart rate.Lowers blood […]