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10 Suggestions to Reduce Pencil Pressure When Writing

When students press too hard during handwriting tasks, the hand can fatigue, paper can rip and legibility may decrease.  Recently, a reader asked for tips and suggestions to help decrease pencil pressure for when students press too hard during handwriting tasks.  Here are 10 suggestions to help children reduce pencil pressure when writing: Write on […]

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CIMT and Bimanual Therapy are Complementary

The Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine published research indicating that constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) and bimanual therapy for children with unilateral cerebral palsy are complementary.  Using literature and clinical insight, the authors discuss the evidence-based interventions that CIMT and bimanual therapy highlighting the time-limited, goal-directed, skills-based, intensive blocks of practice based on motor learning theory. […]

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May Issue – Magazine for Pediatric OTs and PTs

The May Issue of the digital magazine for pediatric OTs and PTs has been posted.  It includes the following articles: CHILDREN’S HIGHER PHYSICAL ACTIVITY LEVELS ASSOCIATED WITH DECREASED DEPRESSION 5 REASONS TO USE A THERAPY PLANNER ASD: COMMUNICATION DEFICITS AND MOTOR SKILLS 3 STEPS TO HELP CHILDREN IMPROVE SELF CONTROL AND FOCUS MOTOR SKILLS IN […]

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5 Reasons to Use a Therapy Planner

Ever wonder what you can do to make your life easier as a school based therapist?  Whether you are a school based occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech therapist or counselor, it can be very difficult to stay on top of all the paperwork requirements, scheduling and tasks.  Here are 5 reasons to use a therapy […]

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5 Reasons to Use Rubrics for School Based Therapists

Rubrics are an excellent tool for school based therapists to utilize throughout the school year for ongoing assessment of a student’s skills.  A rubric is a scoring guide to judge performance on a specific task. A skill is broken down into different components and a numerical value is given to each component. The performance is then […]

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5 Activities to PREPARE Children for Scissor Use

Children are interested in scissors at a young age and begin to start testing them out.  Scissor use actually requires a high level of skill in the fingers, hands, arms, shoulders and even the hips for stability (read more on that here).  Most children are proficient with scissors by early elementary school.  Here are 5 […]

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Are You The Best Therapist for the Job?

Do you ever ask yourself if you are the best therapist for the job? For any children who receive related services, hopefully this question is asked frequently. When teachers create class lists for the following school year, they usually make a recommendation based on the student and the teacher’s style. The students move from grade […]

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April 2017 Digital Magazine for Pediatric OT and PT

The April 2017 Digital Magazine for Pediatric Occupational and Physical Therapy has been published.  You can view articles on the following topics: RESEARCH: CONSTRAINT INDUCED MOVEMENT THERAPY IMPROVES UPPER LIMB ACTIVITY SENSORY BEHAVIORS IN CHILDREN WITH AUTISM AT HOME FOOD TACTILE PLAY AND FOOD PREFERENCES SENSORY PROFILES OF CHILDREN IN THE GENERAL POPULATION INFLUENCE OF […]

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10 Ideas to Celebrate OT Month in 2017

Here are 10 ideas to celebrate OT month in 2017.  If you have no time to prepare anything just print out a few signs and hang them up in your school or practice.  You can download FREE OT Month signs here. 1. Host the Occupational Therapy Olympics – invite school staff, parents and students to […]

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Fun Ideas for Hand Strengthening Activities for Kids

Looking for some easy, fun ideas for hand strengthening activities for kids that require little to no equipment and no, extensive preparation?  Check out these free sample pages from The Hand Strengthening Handbook.  Who knew you could do so many fun games and activities with donkey kicks?  How about using rubber bands in some creative […]