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Paper Clip People

Encourage fine motor skills, bilateral skills and separation of the hand with this super cute activity – Paper Clip People.  Download the printable and see the directions at http://yourtherapysource.com/freepaperclippeople.html [subscribe2]

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Paint My Wings App for Double Doodles

Are you familiar with double doodles?  It is a Brain Gym® bilateral drawing activity to help with eye hand coordination, spatial awareness, right/left discrimination and visual discrimination skills.  Here is a new app that facilitates double doodling called Paint My Wings, from one of my favorite developers, Toca Boca.  Of course it is cute and […]

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10 Everyday Activities to Practice Bilateral Integration

Taking time out to perform specific home exercise programs can be very difficult during the busy lives of today’s children and parents.  Try to make it easier for parents by suggesting activities that can be carried out throughout the normal routine of the day.  Bilateral integration skills (the ability to use both sides of the […]

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Cross Crawl Bilateral Coordination Exercise with Video Modeling

Here is our latest freebie from a new ebook entitled 25 Bilateral Coordination Exercises.  It is an instructional hand out on how to perform the Cross Crawl exercise, including a QR code to link to a video demonstration of the exercise.  You can download the freebie here – http://yourtherapysource.com/bilateralcoordinationfreebie.html If you are not familiar with QR […]

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5 Easy Ways To Teach Right Left Discrimination

Here are 5 ways to teach right versus left: 1.  Verbal Reinforcement:  Every opportunity you have verbally state right from left.  For example, when dressing a child say “put your right arm in the sleeve”.  When turning left in a car or walking on the street say “let’s take a left here”. 2.  Visual Reinforcement: […]

5 Bilateral Activities for the Kitchen

 It can be hard for parents to follow through on specific home exercise programs for their child.  The easier the tasks are to set up, the easier it is to carry out home programs.  The more repetitive the daily practice, the greater the benefits of learning the skill.  Here are five super simple bilateral activities […]

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Must See New Therapy Toy – Squigz

Occasionally, a new toy comes along that really excites me as a pediatric physical therapist.  I received an email from Fat Brain toys recently about their new product Squigz.  I ordered it right away.  This is a great toy to add to your therapy tool box.  It is basically a bunch of two or three […]

10 Bilateral Coordination Activities for the Body

Some children who receive pediatric occupational and physical therapy have goals related to bilateral coordination for the whole body.  Here are ideas to practice bilateral coordination skills in older children: 1.  Marching to music and clapping hands at the same time. 2.  Cross crawls – touch your right hand to your left knee and then the left […]

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More Hula Hoop Ideas

There is a previous blog post here on hula hoop ideas that was extremely popular entitled 3 Simple Group Games with a Hula Hoop.  I just came across a great video from Barbara Smith, The Recycling OT, with some more fun ideas to use a hula hoop.  I especially liked her ideas to put the rings […]