Entries by Margaret Rice

DIY Games to Encourage Visual Tracking Skills

DIY Games to Encourage Visual Tracking Skills Visual perceptual skills require the ability to see, organize and interpret visual information.  There are many different types of visual perceptual skills that are explained in detail here.  Visual tracking is one type of visual perceptual skills.  Visual tracking is the ability to control the eye movements using the oculomotor […]

Pen Grip Force, Fine Motor Skills and Handwriting in Children

Pen Grip Force Fine Motor Skills and Handwriting in Children The Australian Occupational Therapy Journal published research examining pen-grip kinetics during writing tasks of 181 school-age children (5-12 years old) and investigate the relationship between the kinetic factors and fine motor skills.  A force acquisition pen was to measure the forces applied from the digits and […]

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Brain Benefits of Sensory Motor Groups

Brain Benefits of Sensory Motor Groups Do you provide group therapy sessions?  Is it ever a struggle for children to participate?  Do you find that some children have the motor skills when playing alone but then have difficulties when they start playing in a group game?  Participating in sensory-motor group games requires additional executive functions […]

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Progression of Tactile Input Using Sensory Bins

Progression of Tactile Input Using Sensory Bins The tactile system provides information to the brain on light touch, pain, temperature, and pressure.   Children can experience decreased ability to interpret tactile input or can be oversensitive to tactile input.  Many early childhood classrooms and parents provide children with sensory bins to explore various types of tactile […]

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Color Cut Glue Scissor Practice for Fall

Color Cut Glue Scissor Practice for Fall Fall is certainly in the air here.  The apples are starting to get picked, a few leaves are falling and pumpkins will be right around the corner. Here are three black and white activity pages to practice coloring, cutting out simple shapes, planning out where to glue the […]

5 Reasons to Provide Handouts to Parents, Teachers, and Students

5 Reasons to Provide Handouts to Parents, Teachers, and Students As pediatric occupational and physical therapists, we always need to remember that one of the most important, if not the MOST important, aspect of our job is to educate. We need to let students, teachers, school staff and parents know what we do and why […]

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How To Help Students Take Organized Notes

How To Help Students Take Organized Notes Do you work with students who need help taking organized notes?  Do you have students who struggle with working memory?  The Cornell Note Taking System helps students to take effective, organized notes and study the material. The Cornell method was a system created by Walter Pauk, an education professor at Cornell […]

Motor Accuracy, Visual Perception and Mindfulness

Motor Accuracy, Visual Perception and Mindfulness Frontiers in Psychology published research examining the effects of a mindfulness program on the performance in visual perception (VP) and motor accuracy, as well as on anxiety levels and self-reported mindfulness in one hundred and thirty-eight 4th and 5th grade students (78 additional students were in a control group). Mindfulness has been […]

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Seated Classroom Stretches – Free Printable

Seated Classroom Stretches – Free Printable Students and teachers tend to sit in one position for extended periods of time especially as the children get older.  Hang this handy free printable with classroom stretches to remind everyone in the classroom to take a break and stretch your muscles.  Remember to complete each stretch to the […]

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Rhythmic Movement Training and RMT Courses

Rhythmic Movement Training and RMT Courses What is Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT)?  It is a movement based, primitive (infant or neo-natal) reflex integration program that uses developmental movements, gentle isometric pressure and self-awareness to rebuild the foundations necessary to help overcome sensory, emotional and behavioral challenges for children and adults. (this post contains affiliate links) Who […]