Entries by Your Therapy Source

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Jingle Bell Pencil

Jingle bell pencil is a super simple idea that promotes fine motor skill practice and handwriting fun. Have the child string some jingle bells on to a pipe cleaner. Wrap the pipe cleaner and bells around the pencil. Start your musical writing! If the child is distracted by the bells while handwriting (or if it […]

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Block Play and Spatial Awareness

Developing the skills to express and understand spatial skills are the first step in understanding spatial ability and awareness such as math skills, visual perceptual skills and body awareness. Child Development published research on the importance of block play in over one hundred preschoolers. The children in the study who were better at copying block […]

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Perceptual Reasoning, Handwriting and Autism

Neurology published research on a small study consisting of 24 adolescents, half with autism and half without autism. Using the Minnesota Handwriting Assessment Test, intelligence test and Physical and Neurological Examination for Subtle (Motor) Signs (PANESS), the researchers found that the adolescents with autism showed worse overall scores on handwriting just like younger children with autism […]

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Will My Child with Cerebral Palsy Walk?

If you are a pediatric physical therapist who works with young children you have most likely been asked by parents “will my child with cerebral palsy walk?”  Many times the response is based on evaluation results, clinical experience and research. Disability and Rehabilitation published the results of a systemic review on 1123 identified articles on prognostic […]

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Be Inspired – Motivational Tools for Pediatric Therapists

During this age of social media, we are bombarded with inspirational messages of which some hit home more than others.  I think this quote is perfect for pediatric therapists.  As a profession, I think we live and breathe this everyday for the children and their families.  When children want to achieve a certain skill (no […]

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Why Do Children Need Opportunities to Use New Motor Skills They Learn?

During therapy sessions, we frequently break down activities into smaller parts or chunks to make it easier for children to learn new motor or life skills.  As the child progresses with those individual parts of the skill, the child then practices the entire activity as a whole. Sometimes this is done in an isolated environment […]

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Leisure Activities, Modifying the Environment and Children with Disabilities

It can be a challenge at times to encourage children with physical disabilities to participate in leisure activities.  The Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy published a small study to determine the effectiveness of environment-based interventions on participation of  6 adolescents with physical disabilities.  A 12-week intervention occurred with a focus on removing environmental barriers and coaching parents. […]

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Dried Bean Stress Balls

Here is a new twist on a do it yourself stress ball – dried bean stress balls.  You might be wondering what make these any different than others?  Well until you make one and feel it you will not understand.  These dried garbanzo bean stress balls feel more like a deep massage in the hands. […]

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Gross Motor Skills and Scissor Use

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS AND SCISSOR USE We continue the Functional Skills for Kids Series with scissor skills.  This post is part of a series written by occupational and physical therapy bloggers on developing 12 functional skills for children.    Each month we will discuss the development of one functional skill in children addressing the many components […]

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Manuscript, Cursive or Keyboarding?

The Journal of Writing Research published a study on developing writers in grades 4-7 to compare manuscript , cursive and keyboard letter formation.  One study instructed the children to write the alphabet from memory as quickly as they could without sacrificing legibility since previous research indicated that the number of legible manuscript letters in correct order during […]