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Easy Visual Motor Activity

Here is a simple activity to set up that incorporates fine motor and visual motor skills. 1.  Download the template for the activity at https://www.yourtherapysource.com/freeeasyvisual.html 2.  Ask the child to put stickers in each box.  If you do not have stickers, the child can cut out different shapes.  Glue the shapes in each box. 3.  Ask […]

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Physical Fitness, Self Control and ADHD

The Journal of Psychophysiology investigated the relationship between physical fitness and resting-state electroencephalographic (EEG) oscillations in 28 children (23 boys and 5 girls) with ADHD.   In addition, each child completed a battery of physical fitness assessments including flexibility, muscular endurance, power, and agility tests. The results indicated the following: 1.  ADHD children with higher […]

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What? Why? and How? to Use Rubrics for School Based Therapy

What are rubrics? Rubrics are an excellent tool for school based therapists to utilize throughout the school year for ongoing assessment of a student’s skills.  A rubric is a scoring guide to judge performance on a specific task. A skill is broken down into different components and a numerical value is given to each component. The […]


Physical Status, Feeding Behavior and Autism

Recent research was published to investigate the physical status and feeding behavior among 23 children with autism, ages 5-16 years old (higher enrollment of males).  A 3 day food record was collected using a parent questionnaire, the Brief Assessment of Mealtime Behavior Inventory, the Food Preference Inventory and nutrient intake.  Physical status was evaluated using height, […]

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Postural Care A to Z Free Resource

Another great resource found on Facebook.  This resource was shared by Sparkle Occupational Therapy.  It is an award winning document entitled The A to Z of Postural Care from the University of Kent.  The document discusses various types of adaptive equipment, manual handling, emotional support, inclusive education and the golden rules about equipment use.  Then […]

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Homemade Stencil Ideas

Check out these three simple ideas using a homemade stencil using the lid from a plastic container.  You can view all the ideas at https://www.yourtherapysource.com/freestencils.html [subscribe2] I Can Draw Shapes: Download of 6 mini books to practice drawing shapes. Includes a rubric to track progress.  Find out more at https://www.yourtherapysource.com/drawshapes.html  

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Hip External Rotation, Eye Foot Coordination and Core Strengthening Activity – Video

Here is a video demonstration of a young boy working on hip external rotation, weight shifting, abdominal strengthening lower extremity dissocation and eye foot coordination. This is also a great activity to prepare for donning/ doffing socks and shoes for occupational therapy.  View the video at https://www.yourtherapysource.com/videohiprotation.html [subscribe2]

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Fitness and Mobility in Children with CP

Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology published a longitudinal research study evaluating the associations between fitness components and mobility on 24 children with bilateral cerebral palsy and 22 children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy. All of the participants completed aerobic and anaerobic fitness measurements on a cycle ergometer and isometric muscle strength tests (Gross Motor Function […]

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Personal Space Journey – Body Awareness Freebie

Here is a freebie page from Personal Space Journey which is a collection of activities to teach children about maintaining personal space.  You can download the body cards at https://www.yourtherapysource.com/personalspacejourneyfreebie.html Here are some suggestions to use the cards for: 1.  Musical Body Poses:  Scatter the cards around the room.  Move to music.  Turn the music off. […]

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Database for Rehabilitation Measures – Most are FREE!

In my Facebook feed, HeartSpace Physical Therapy for Children , shared a link to a database of over 200 rehabilitation measures.  Many of them are FREE and available in PDF format.  It doesn’t get any easier than that for a last minute assessment.  Some of the resources are for the pediatric population so it is definitely […]