Sensory Integration, Social Participation and Autism

The American Journal of Occupational Therapy published research from clinical records of 89 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) ages 4-11 years old .  The research examined whether sensory integration (SI) and praxis patterns of the children were related to social participation. Using SIPT standard scores, SPM standard and SPM Social Participation scores, SI and praxis […]

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Link Between Visual and Motor Development in Cerebral Palsy?

Pediatric Neurology published research on 47 children diagnosed with cerebral palsy for  ophthalmic disorders and their association with neurological disorders.   All children were recommended to have comprehensive ophthalmic exams. The following assessments were completed: Gross Motor Function Classification System, Gross Motor Function Measure the Bayley Scales of Infant Development-II. The results indicated the following: 1.  ametropia (abnormal […]

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Pica and Children with Autism – What Works?

The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders published a review of medical records from 11 children with pica who were treated at a severe behavior program over the last 12 years.  All 11 children had autism except one.  Although the interventions for pica were not the same for every child, they shared similar techniques such […]

Black Friday Dollar Deals

Black Friday Dollar Deals from Your Therapy Source.  All 4 titles are $0.99/each until 12/1/14. Winter Step By Step Shape Projects: DOT Letters and Shapes: Letter Races: Birthday Party: [subscribe2]

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Characteristics of Food Refusal in Children with Autism

The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics published research on whether parent report of food refusal based on the characteristics of food was greater in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) than in typically developing children. A modified food frequency questionnaire was used for parent-reported food refusal related to characteristics of food (eg, texture/consistency, temperature, […]

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Handwriting Stations

Here are a few sample pages from a new download that includes the materials to create handwriting stations.  The complete download of the Handwriting Stations are perfect for classroom use, therapy sessions or home use for proper letter formation, warm up exercises, proper posture, pencil grip tips, letter reversals and self checking.  Also included are […]

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Autumn Visual Closure Activity

Here is an autumn visual closure and visual motor activity to download from Your Therapy Source.  Draw a line connecting the enlarged picture to the complete picture. Download the Autumn Close Up Activity. This download is a collection of visual perceptual worksheets with a Fall theme. Practice visual motor, visual discrimination, visual spatial, visual closure and […]

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Power Mobility and Children

Clinical Rehabilitation published a review of the research on the evidence related to power mobility use in children (18 years or younger) with mobility limitations.  The search yielded 259 titles of which 29 articles met inclusion criteria, describing 28 primary research studies.  The following results were found: 1.  One study, rated as strong level II […]

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Learning Style and Sensory Processing

In the school setting, teachers discuss various learning styles of students. There are three main types of learning styles: 1. Auditory learner – learns best by using sense of hearing 2. Visual Learner – learns best by sense of vision 3. Kinesthetic/ Tactile Learner – learns best by doing or touching More teachers are now […]