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Gross Motor Skills and Independent Dressing

The ability to complete the functional task of dressing requires various gross motor skills, balance and coordination skills.  The Functional Skills for Kids series written by occupational and physical therapy bloggers on developing 12 functional skills for children continues today with the topic of dressing.  Each month throughout 2016, we will discuss the development of […]

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Gross Motor Skills and the Development of Play in Children

The Functional Skills for Kids is a 12-month long series written by occupational and physical therapy bloggers on the development of 12 functional skills for children. This month the topic is play! Each month throughout 2016, we will discuss the development of one functional skill in children addressing the many components of that skill. The […]


Gross Motor Skills and Handwriting

Gross motor skills and handwriting

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS AND HANDWRITING The gross motor skills involved in handwriting mainly refer to the postural control that is required for writing.  Efficient control of the larger muscle groups in the neck, shoulder and trunk is necessary to maintain stability in order for the fingers and hands to move to complete the handwriting task.  […]

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Can you Set the Record?

Can you set the record to be the fastest?  Try this challenge from the Set the Record packet. Download it here http://yourtherapysource.com/setrecordfreebie.html The Set the Record packet challenges fine motor, gross motor, oral motor and visual motor skills with a fun game!  This packet is great for small spaces, individual children or a group.  Find […]

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Mix It Up Sight Word Game

We all know that movement is crucial to learning academic material.  This printable, Sight Word Mix Up game, is being offered as part of the  part of the Active Learning: Brain Building Through Movement series hosted by The Inspired Treehouse! Combine reading sight words with various movements in the classroom.  Students will have fun while […]

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8 Print and Go Ideas for Indoor Recess

Here are a few freebies that work great for indoor recess when you need something in a hurry. They would make a fun back to school gift for teachers – print them off, toss them in a file folder and teachers have some “go to” activities for when the weather takes a turn for the […]

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Early Motor Skills and Language Development

Early motor skills may affect language development Hayley Leonard, Goldsmiths, University of London and Elisabeth L Hill, Goldsmiths, University of London Learning to sit up, crawl and walk are all major milestones in a child’s early development – and parents often record these actions in baby diaries, photographs and videos. Developing motor skills allows the […]

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Sensory Motor Benefits and Tips for Gardening with Children

With Spring upon us, why not get children started with some gardening. Gardening offers children excellent sensory motor exploration. Think of all the senses that are involved in gardening: Tactile – touching the rough seeds, feeling the dry dirt, experiencing cold, wet mud, handling the soft fuzz of a green bean or the smooth skin […]

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Fine and Gross Motor Group Idea – Activity Balloon Bat

Here is a very simple make and take that include fine motor skills, gross motor skills and eye hand coordination skills. You will need a paper plate, paint stirrer or large craft stick, markers and a balloon for each child. Ask the children to think of physical activities that they can complete on their own […]