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My Favorite Summer Activity Plus Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

When asked to participate in this blog hop with a recommendation for a favorite summer time activity, I knew what my answer was right away.  Sidewalk chalk is my absolute favorite.  Depending upon how you use it, sidewalk chalk can encourage physical activity, fine motor, gross motor and visual perceptual skills.   Now of course […]

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Gross Motor Skill Development in Children with Learning Disabilities

Research in Developmental Disabilities published a longitudinal study on the gross motor skill development of children with learning disabilities (LD).  Fifty six children with LD, ages 7-11 years old along with 253 typically developing children were assessed annually for three years with the Test of Gross Motor Development-2 (TGMD). The results indicated the following: the […]

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Gross Motor and Fine Motor Activity Using Colored Dot Stickers

I am not sure why but I just LOVE colored dot stickers.  They are cheap and versatile for all sorts of activities that combine movement with learning.  Here is my latest idea using these awesome stickers: 1.  Write some numbers on colored dot stickers.  For this example, I wrote the numbers 1-4 twice.  Draw matching […]

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Gross Motor Skills in Children with Autism

The Journal of Child & Adolescent Behavior published research comparing the gross motor skill performance on 21 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and 21 age matched peers (5-10 years) using the Test of Gross Motor Development-2 (TGMD- 2).   The motor performance scores  on the TGMD-2 were compared.  The following results were recorded: 1.  For the locomotor subtest, 67% […]

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8 FREE Printable Fine and Gross Motor Activities for December

Here are 8 FREE fine and gross motor activities for December: 1.  Holiday Lights – http://yourtherapysource.com/holidaylights.html 2.  Reindeer Testing – http://yourtherapysource.com/freereindeer.html 3.  Countdown to the Holidays – http://yourtherapysource.com/countdown.html 4.  Finish the Picture Gingerbread Men – http://yourtherapysource.com/holidaydecemberfreebie.html 5.  Christmas Candy Cane Pose – http://yourtherapysource.com/christmasposesfree.html 6.  Design Your Own Toy – http://yourtherapysource.com/freesantatoy.html 7.  Christmas Categories – http://yourtherapysource.com/freechristmascategories.html […]

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Neuromechanical Adaptations Following Trampoline Use

Have you ever heard of “trampoline aftereffect”?  It is that sensation that you have after jumping on a trampoline.  You get off the trampoline and your legs feel a little woozy or jelly like.  Pediatric therapy sessions that include motor skill development or sensory processing skills may include trampoline activities.  Did you know that after […]

Rug Gripper and Gross Motor Skills

I have found that visual cues can really help children when practicing gross motor skills.  Things like poly spots or cones are great for some kids but sometimes you need a little something extra.  Pictured above are the feet from Proprioceptive Poems.  These feet are great to provide that extra visual cue as to where […]

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Achondroplasia and Gross Motor Skill Development

The Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health published research on the gross motor skill development of children with achondroplasia.  A population based study was done on children with achondroplasia ages 12 months to 48 months in Australia and New Zealand from 2000 through 2009. The results indicated that children with achondroplasia exhibit delays in gross […]