Entries by Your Therapy Source

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How to Create a Professional Development Library

  How to Create a Professional Development Library We all know how expensive professional development resources can be especially in the therapy world. Textbooks can be pricey along with individual research articles. For school based therapists, why not create a collaborative PD “library”.    Try to create a real collection where all the therapists in […]

5 Ways to Develop Spatial Awareness

Spatial awareness is the ability to understand and interact with the environment around you.  Whether it be avoiding obstacles when walking, reaching out to grab a pencil or determining left from right these are all examples of tasks that require spatial awareness.   Developing the skills to express and understand spatial skills are the first […]

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5 Simple Tips to Help Children Reach Their Goals

Do you ever feel like a child you are working with is in a rut or having trouble reaching their goals?  Maybe you just want to give them an extra push to accomplish a task.  Here are 5 simple tips  to help encourage children: 1.  Change up the tools, toys or activities that you are […]

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Emotions Freebie – Calming Down and I Feel Happy

These two activities from the Emotions Packet encourage various visual motor skills, fine motor skills, handwriting and sensory input to help children express and understand emotions.  The first activity page, I FEEL HAPPY, the child has to draw a happy face, circle all of the happy faces, draw things that make the child feel happy […]

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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 […]