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Trunk Control Measurement Scale for Children

Trunk Control Measurement Scale for Children

The Trunk Control Measurement Scale is a clinical tool to measure trunk control in children with cerebral palsy.  Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology recently published research examining the reliability of the Trunk Control Measurement Scale (TCMS) with its subscores, in children with neuromotor disorders.  In addition, the discriminative validity of the TCMS was assessed by comparing […]

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How To Be a Successful Pediatric Therapist Coach

Successful Pediatric Therapist Coach

Are you confused by the question, how to be a successful pediatric therapist coach?  Maybe you don’t coach basketball, baseball, tennis, etc so you are baffled.   Think of coaching as another word for educate.   If you are a pediatric therapist, you are involved with families, teachers and school support staff.  Whether you work […]

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Using Toys to Support Development in Infants and Toddlers

Using Toys to Support Development in Infants and Toddlers

Using Toys to Support Development in Infants and Toddlers: Children develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively through play.  And of course, children of all ages enjoy playing with toys. Providing the proper toy selection to support development in infants and toddlers can be a difficult and overwhelming task especially for new parents, therapists or teachers. […]

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Author Spotlight: Ileana S. McCaigue OTR/L

Ileana S. McCaigue, OTR/L is a nationally certified/ registered and licensed Occupational Therapist, author, program developer, holistic clinician and educator with 40 years of experience. Her professional career and expertise include a continuum of care. These range from the neonatal intensive care unit to pediatric concerns in the home, school and community for developmental delays, […]

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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 […]