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Positive Communication with Parents and Staff This School Year

Here are some steps to increase positive communication with parents and school staff this school year from Your Therapy Source.

  There are many members of the special education team such as students, parents, teachers, teachers assistants, administrators, and related service providers. Occupational and physical therapists usually make up a small but important group of the special education team. Some team members, especially therapists, can have a varied caseload with students from different classrooms, grades […]

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Handwriting versus Typing and Writing Skills

Handwriting versus typing when it comes to writing skills

Recent research in Reading and Writing answered the question of handwriting versus typing and writing performance.  To begin with, they examined the contribution of handwriting fluency to writing performance. The second part of the research explored the relationship between handwriting and keyboarding and compared their contributions to writing. Results of the Study on Handwriting Versus […]

Hand Strengthening Activities for Kids

Does your child or student have decreased muscle strength in the hands?  Are you in search of novel and creative hand strengthening activities?  Check out all these ideas below.  Many include FREE printables and use materials that you will have around your house! Using Clothes Pins and Craft Sticks as a Hand Strengthening Tool Here […]

School Based Occupational Therapy – Tips for Effective Service Delivery

Do you work with students who you refer to school based occupational therapy? When students struggle with fine motor skills, self-regulation, sensory processing, handwriting, organization, or other activities of daily living, they may need extra support to function in the educational environment.  

Do you work with students who you refer to school-based occupational therapy?  Perhaps you are a parent whose child will be receiving an evaluation for occupational therapy in the schools?  Or maybe you are an Occupational Therapist needing guidance on how to provide effective services in the school setting?  Whatever the case may be, you […]

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How to Get Children with Autism to Sleep

Negative consequences from poor sleep in children with autism and how to get children with autism to sleep. Tips from Your Therapy Source

Did you know that almost one half of 2- to 5-year-old children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or a neurodevelopmental disorder (NDD) with some autistic features have significant sleep difficulties?  Parent survey results suggest that number to be much higher (more than 80%) for children with autism!  Here are tips on how to get children […]

August 2019 Digital Magazine for Pediatric Occupational and Physical Therapy

The August 2019 FREE digital magazine for pediatric Occupational and Physical Therapy has been posted. Table of Contents: BODY AWARENESS ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN HOW TO INCREASE PENCIL PRESSURE POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS FOR CHILDREN PAPER PLATE DRAWING GAME FOR SUMMER INTRINSIC MOTIVATION IN THE CLASSROOM – HOW TO HELP WHAT IS PROMPTING? HOW TO IMPROVE FOCUS AND […]

Mindful Breathing For Kids

Mindful breathing for kids is when children take the time to pay close attention to their breathing during that moment of time.  

What is mindful breathing for kids? First, let’s start with what is mindfulness?  In simple terms, mindfulness can help children to increase happiness, decrease anxiety and live in the moment.  Mindful breathing for kids is when children take the time to pay close attention to their breathing during that moment of time. Conscious breathing is […]