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Developmental Coordination Disorder and Risk of Obesity

The Canadian Medical Association Journal published research on a study of over 2000 children from 4th through 6th grades. The children were screened for coordination disorders. One hundred eleven children had a potential diagnosis of developmental coordination disorder (DCD). The 111 children exhibited a higher body mass index and waist circumference in 4th grade which […]

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Sense of Touch Effects Thoughts and Behavior

The journal Science published research on how a human’s sense of touch influences thoughts and behavior. Subjects participated in various experiments to see how an objects weight, texture and hardness can influence decision making. In one experiment, the researchers had the subjects sit in hard or soft chairs and negotiate prices of a car. The […]

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Part 4 – Exercise Participation: Asthma

Asthma is a common chronic disease is the pediatric population. Having this condition, does not indicate that children should avoid exercise or sports participation. Although exercise and emotions can trigger bronchospasm with mild inflammation. Statistics show that almost 90% of asthmatics and 40% of people with allergic rhinitis suffer from exercise induced bronchospasm (EIB). This […]


Part 3 – Exercise Participation: Cerebral Palsy

When recommending exercise and sports participation for children with cerebral palsy, there are many factors to consider. Research is constantly being collected and analyzed on the benefits of physical activity for people with cerebral palsy. One topic is the use of muscle strengthening exercises. Some current research states that progressive resistance exercises has been shown […]

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Exercise Participation: Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

To continue on with yesterday’s topic, promoting participation in recreational activities for children with disabilities, today’s topic will discuss specific recommendations for children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Research has shown that children with JIA can participate in exercise regimens without exacerbating the disease. In addition, research has shown that exercise for at least 6 […]

Steps to Promote Participation of Children with Disabilities in Physical Activities

The recommended amount of physical activity daily for children is at least 60 minutes per day. This can be difficult to accomplish for any children with the busy schedules that face this young generation today. For children with disabilities, this can be very difficult to achieve each day for various reasons. Pediatric occupational and physical […]


Therapeutic Listening and Preschoolers

Journal of Occupational Therapy , Schools and Early Intervention published research on the benefits of Therapeutic Listening program for preschoolers with developmental disabilities. The study was performed with one group of 15 preschoolers using a pre-test and post-test design. The preschoolers received their traditional therapy sessions along with the Therapeutic Listening program. Six assessments were […]

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Outdoor Activity: Nature Color Hunt

Scavenger Hunts: Scavenger Hunts electronic activity book includes over 150 scavenger hunt cards to find. In addition, there are 3 different scavenger alphabet hunts and 10 pencil and paper scavenger hunts to encourage visual discrimination and visual motor skills. These hunts are great to get any child up and moving! Recommended for ages 4+ yearsold […]