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Endurance, Walking Capacity and Participation in Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy

Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology published research comparing 17 adolescents with spastic cerebral palsy to their typically developing peers to examine the relationship between muscle endurance and subjectively reported fatigue, walking capacity, and participation.  For each participant, knee extensor muscle endurance was estimated from individual load–endurance curves as the load corresponding to a 15-repetition maximum. The […]

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5 Fine Motor, Gross Motor and Visual Tracking Activities with Pool Noodles

I LOVE pool noodles. So cheap and so versatile to encourage fine motor, visual and gross motor skills. Here are some things we have done with pool noodles to practice motor skills: 1. Pool Noodle Parts and Colored Chips   2. Pool noodle stick 3. Pool noodle seat 4. Motor Planning and Pool Noodles   […]

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3 Simple Mandalas to Color to Help Relieve Stress – Free!

Mandala means “circle” or “center.” Coloring mandalas can help to encourage relaxation, relieve stress, facilitate creativity and balance the body.  Here are three simple mandalas to color to help to calm the body.  They are perfect to add to a quiet corner or calm down kit in the classroom. Check out Yoga Cards at http://yourtherapysource.com/yogacards.html […]

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5 Must Reads for New School Based Therapists

Are you new to the world of school based therapy?  If so, here are 5 blog posts that will help you hit the ground running.  8 Getting To Know You Activities for School Based Therapists – pick a few of these ideas to get to know your students and for your students to get to […]

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Motor Skills, ADHD and Medication

Research in Developmental Disabilities published a review of 45 research articles analyzing the motor skills of of children (between 6-16 years old) with ADHD  and the influence of medication on their motor skills. The results indicated the following: 1.  more than half of the children with ADHD have difficulties with gross and fine motor skills. […]

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Strengthening Versus Balance Exercises for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

The American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation published research on 30 children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) comparing the effects of muscle strengthening exercises versus proprioceptive-balance exercises on lower extremity function. Each child was evaluated for pain, passive range of motion, muscle strength, balance, and functional abilities using the Numeric Rating Scale, goniometer, handheld […]

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8 Simple Tips to Empower Students to Reach Their Goals

Here are 8 simple tips to help students reach their goals: 1. Change up the tools, toys or activities that you are doing. It may be just as simple as approaching the skill using a different tool or material. 2. Change the environment. Perhaps trying accomplishing the skill outdoors, in a quiet room or with […]

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Educate! Educate! Educate!

As pediatric occupational and physical therapists we always need to remember that one of the most important, if not the MOST important, aspect of our job is to educate.  We need to let students, teachers, school staff and parents know what we do and why we do it.  Without buy in from all team members […]

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Farm Animal Detectives – Visual and Sensory Motor Freebie

Print and play this fun visual perceptual and sensory motor activity for children to guess and move like the animal.  Print your free copy at http://www.YourTherapySource.com/freefarmanimals

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Free Self Calming Deep Breathing Activity

Here is a free self calming deep breathing activity.  Print and cut out the deep breathing cards.  The child can take 4 deep breaths trying to breath in through the nose (smelling the flowers) and out through the mouth (blowing out the candles).  You can print the activity at http://yourtherapysource.com/freecalmbreath.html [subscribe2]