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Relationship Between Motor Proficiency, Math, and Reading

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health published a research review on the relationship between motor proficiency, math, and reading in school-aged children and adolescents.  Previous research indicated that there are positive associations between physical activity, cognition, and academic performance in children. This review investigated which factors influence the relationship between motor proficiency, math, […]

How to Increase Engagement in Motor Skill Stations

How to Increase Engagement in Motor Skill Stations

How to Increase Engagement in Motor Skill Stations Do you create motor skill stations to provide movement opportunities at your school?  Do you struggle with what activities to use to increase engagement in motor skill stations?  It can be difficult to create motor skill stations that students engage with long enough to make gains in motor skill […]

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Motor Skills and Executive Function

Mental Health and Physical Activity published research on the relationships between physical activity, aerobic fitness, and motor skills to executive functions and academic achievement in 697, ten year old children. The results indicated the following: no relationships were observed between moderate to vigorous physical activity and executive functions or academic performance. sedentary time was related […]

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Effective Frequency for Motor Skill Groups

As pediatric therapists, we often recommend how many sessions of therapy to provide. Here is a small but relevant study regarding the effectiveness of  two group programs on visual-motor integration, motor proficiency, gross-motor skills, and parental perception of motor difficulties in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD).   Children with DCD were divided into two […]

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Quick Brain Break – Q and A Body Game

Need a quick game to rest and refresh your student’s brain?  Try this Q and A Body Game: Purpose: Promote body awareness, motor skills and listening skills. Materials: none Activity: This can be played with one player or a group of children. The adult faces the group. Explain the directions of the game. The adult […]

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5 Physical Activities to Increase Power in Children

The definition of power is (force x distance) ÷ time.  In other words power is the product of strength and speed over time.  Many times children who receive therapy services exhibit a decrease in power.  For example, perhaps a child can jump forward but does not have the power to jump forward long distances over the […]

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4 FREE Valentine’s Day Printables for OT and PT

Here are 4 free last minute printables for OT and PT to help celebrate Valentine’s Day. 1.  Valentine’s Day Brain Break 2.  Conversation Heart Clothes Pins 3.  Multisensory Handwriting Freebie – Valentine’s Day 4.  Valentine Pencil Critters to cut, fold and create. Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!!!!

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Poor Motor Performance Linked to Poor Academic Skills

Looking for research to justify school based physical or occupational therapy services during the early school years?  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise published research on 174 Finnish children grades 1-3 that investigated the relationship between cardiovascular fitness, motor skills and reading/arithmetic skills. The following results were reported: children who performed poorly in agility, speed […]

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Better Motor Skills = Better Adaptive Behavior Skills in Children with Autism

Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders published research on 233 children ages 14 to 49 months diagnosed with autism. The researchers examined the relationship of motor skills on the adaptive behavior composite, daily living, adaptive social and adaptive communicative skills while holding constant the age, non-verbal problem solving, and the severity of autism. The following results […]

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Free Self Assessment Form

Here is a free self assessment of skills form for students or clients.  You can type any skill into the form and the children can circle whether they think the skill is easy or they need help with the skill.  It will give you a general idea of the child’s perspective of his/her skills.  Perhaps […]