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Where is the Therapist Clip Charts

Check out these adorable, new Where is the Therapist clip charts to indicate where you are in the school building.  Therapists are frequently traveling throughout the school from classroom to classroom or traveling from school to school.  These signs will certainly come in handy for when school staff needs to ask a question or stop […]

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Sensory Profiles of Children in the General Population

Child: Care,Health and Development published research on sensory profiles of children in the general population.  The cross-sectional study used a large sample of 3-14 year old children (n = 1132) gathered from a larger study of the reliability and validity of the Sensory Profile 2nd Edition.  The community sample included children with and without developmental conditions.  The researchers […]

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March Digital Magazine Pediatric Occupational and Physical Therapy

The March 2017 issue of the Your Therapy Source digital magazine for pediatric occupational and physical therapy has been published.  The table of contents includes: PROPRIOCEPTION AND HANDWRITING LETTER REVERSALS AND ADHD MATH, MOVEMENT AND MOTOR SKILLS MANUAL MOTOR SKILLS, DAILY LIVING SKILLS AND AUTISM MOTOR SKILLS AND EXECUTIVE FUNCTION YOGA AND ADHD BRAIN ACTIVATION […]

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Fresh Air Fitness Aerobic Activity

It is almost that time of year, when we can start heading outdoors everyday to enjoy the fresh air (although today when woke up it was only 14 degrees out).  While we dream of warmer days, try this Fresh Air Fitness routine from the Spring Packet.  Practice it indoors until you can bring the kids […]

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Therapeutic Effects of Horseback Riding

The American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation performed a research review to determine whether therapeutic riding and hippotherapy improve balance, motor function, gait, muscle symmetry, pelvic movement, psychosocial parameters, and the patients’ overall quality of life.  Following a literature search, 16 articles were included in the review.  Assessment revealed: most of the studies showed […]

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Exercise and Working Memory in School Children

Pediatric Exercise Science published research examining the role of exercise on the cognitive development in children including working memory (WM) and inattentiveness in a large sample of 2897 schoolchildren (7-10 years old).  Data was collected using the n-back task (2- and 3-back), the attentional network task (ANT) and parent questionnaire with information about the extracurricular exercise of […]

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Brain Activation and Ball Skills

Do you know what parts of the brain are activated when a child learns ball handling skills? You might be surprised to find out that catching a ball requires all the lobes of the brain to work together!  When you see a child reach their arms out to catch a ball various steps have already […]

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Yoga and ADHD

Yoga incorporates breathing techniques, postural control, muscle strengthening, flexibility and cognitive control which can help promote self-control, attention, body awareness, and stress management. These are all skills that are beneficial for children with ADHD to practice. Recent research analyzed the benefits of yoga in 49 children (average age 10.50 years old) with ADHD. The participants […]

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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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Manual Motor Skills, Daily Living Skills and Autism

Developmental Science published research examining the longitudinal development of manual motor skills and daily living skills in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Longitudinal grip strength and finger tapping, along with the relationship to current and future daily living skills, was evaluated in 90 individuals with ASD and 56 individuals with typical development who ranged […]