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Teaching Throwing and Catching to Children with DCD

Teaching Throwing and Catching to Children with DCD

Teaching Throwing and Catching to Children with DCD Research indicates that children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) exhibit significant impairments in general visual motor control and the processing of visual information.  For example, children with DCD have difficulties with: the ability to use predictive information to guide action, the pursuit tracking of objects and the […]

10 Ways to Play Catch with a Friend

10 Ways to Play Catch with a Friend

Playing catch with a friend is always fun but do you ever stop and think about all the skills that are required to play catch?  Tossing a ball back and forth requires eye hand coordination, visual motor skills, visual tracking, focus, timing, bilateral coordination, visual spatial skills, balance, body awareness and motor planning.  If just […]

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Brain Activation and Ball Skills

Do you know what parts of the brain are activated when a child learns ball handling skills? You might be surprised to find out that catching a ball requires all the lobes of the brain to work together!  When you see a child reach their arms out to catch a ball various steps have already […]

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Comparing Motor Impairments: Autism versus ADHD

The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders published research to examine the evidence regarding motor impairment specificity in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).   It is difficult to determine if there is evidence for specificity of motor impairment within different clinical groups.  For example, are certain motor impairments associated with specific diagnoses?  Previous research indicates […]

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Pool Noodle Stick for Reaction Time, Coordination and Balance

Create this simple pool noodle stick to encourage reaction time, eye hand coordination, balance skills and muscle strengthening.  Read all the details and watch the video at http://yourtherapysource.com/videopoolnoodlestick.html [subscribe2] Need more sensory motor activities?  Check out Sensory Motor Game Boards at http://yourtherapysource.com/sensoryboards.html.  Just print and play these games that encourage coordination, motor planning, gross motor and balance skills.

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Hidden Cups Video Activity

Watch this video activity idea that encourages fine motor skills, forearm pronation/supination, eye hand coordination, grading of movements and counting.  You can view it at http://www.yourtherapysource.com/videohiddencups.html [subscribe2]

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10 Ways to Perform Catching and Throwing Drills By Yourself

Here are 10 ways to perform catching and throwing drills in children that they can do all by themselves: 1.  Toss a balloon up in the air and catch it. 2.  Bat a balloon up and down in the air using your hands.  How many times can you keep it up in the air without it […]

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Bell Maze

Here is a simple, super cheap activity to make.  Clean a recycled Styrofoam meat tray.  Cut a pipe cleaner in half and then fold it in half.  Poke the pipe cleaners into the tray to make a small arch.  You can put the pipe cleaners in any order you wish.  Toss a jingle bell into […]