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5 Ways to Help Children who Have Tactile Defensiveness

This is a guest post by Kimberly Z Syers OTR/L-  BabyOT.com As a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, I work with children with tactile defensiveness on a daily basis. These children are hypersensitive to tactile (touch) stimulation and frequently…
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Sticker Squash Game

This is a game that was submitted by a therapist, Marie Logan, OTR/L. It is a simple game that is played on paper, and it is similar to the game Battleship.  During the game, you work on eye hand coordination and hand positioning, challenge…
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Handwriting Remediation Tips From the Size Matters Handwriting Program

Beverly Moskowitz has developed a handwriting program called Size Matters Handwriting Program and she has put together some quick tips that use her program’s concepts.  You can find her program at Real OT Solutions.  I have taken one of…
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Guess Who Clothespin Game

This is a guest post by Donna Abramson, OTR Opening and closing clothespins is a wonderful way for children to develop strength in the muscles of their hand, particularly the webspace - which helps them to hold the pencil with a correct tripod…
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Go Baby Go Project gets little kids powered mobility

There is a Physical Therapy professor at University of Delaware named Cole Galloway who has a mission to get young children mobile, and uses ride on toys from Toys R Us.  He modifies them to fit the child’s specific needs, and even incorporates…
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Activities to Encourage Fine Motor Skills

This is a guest post by Erica L. Fener from Progressus Therapy. Running out of ideas for fun ways to practice fine motor control? This kind of exercise doesn’t have to be a chore for kids. Fine motor skills are used to make precise movements,…
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End of year therapy activity blog link up

The weekly therapy activity link up did not work, nor did the monthly as I think we are all too busy with actually working.  So in lieu of those frequent link ups, here is an end of the year link up.  Link your favorite activity or…
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How Laughter Can Be Good Medicine for Occupational Therapists and Their Patients

Guest Post by Dr. Kurt Hubbard, OTR You’ve heard that old adage: Laughter is the best medicine, right? Well, as an occupational therapist or assistant, there are plenty of opportunities to inject a little levity into your regular routine…
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To cast or not to cast? Constraint Induced Movement Therapy

This is a guest post, written by: Corey W. Stone, MS, OTR/L; Treating Therapist – UAB Pediatric Neuromotor Clinic When people ask me about constraint therapy I never feel like they truly understand what I am talking about. “You mean…
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How to Start Treating Private Clients - The Smart Way

A guest post by Jena H. Casbon, MS CCC-SLP of www.IndependentClinician.com "Do you treat private clients?" David's mom asked. "Yes. Yes I do." I said both full of pride and truthfully terror. On that fateful day I said "Yes" but truth…
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Therapy/Learning activities monthly link up

It has been two months since our last monthly link up, so does that make it a bi-monthly link up?  Either way, link up your favorite therapy or learning activity from the last two months. Add the link to your direct blog post about the activity…
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Friday share with a lycra swing, hemiplegia technique, using straws, and a matching game

Home made lycra swing from Starfish Therapies.  Go check it out. DIY Lycra Swing   Next, here is a simple way to promote the use of the more affected arm in a child with hemiplegia. Abby from Notes from a pediatric occupational…
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Friday share with math paper, a DIY weight lap pet, tummy time, and ipad info

Here are four articles that caught my eye this week.  I wish I could share more, but I do on my facebook page.  This is only a little snippet of each article, so you need to head on over to their sites to read the whole thing. …
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Weekly Share: Some OT blog posts this week

Here are some excerpts from some OT blogs this week.  Click over to their sites to read the full posts.  I wish I could share them all, but there are too many now, so I had to pick and choose.  OT iTool Kit Tip and Trick #1…
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Movie Review of A Mile In His Shoes

Something a little different today.  I was given the opportunity to watch a movie that will be coming out in DVD next week.  I jumped at the opportunity because it is a movie about a boy with Aspergers.  The movie is called A Mile in His…
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Articles found on the web this week

Homemade Assistive Technology www.theoatc.org 50 Conditions That Mimic ADHD www.globalhealingcenter.com ADHD is diagnosed by health professionals who form their opinion by observing a child's behavior. There are no brain…
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Friday Share May 13

Here is a compilation of some interesting articles and activities that were shared this week.  Included are an autistic man singing the national anthem, Salt art, Cut up cardboard box sculpture, play kitchen recipes, The Power of a Weighted…
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Paper Towel Roll Marble Run

I ran across a blog that posts projects that they have done using only recycled toilet paper and paper towel rolls.  It is called TPcraft.com.  They have a post where they made a magnetic marble run using paper towel rolls.  It looks really…
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Wheelchair rain poncho

Rose-Marie has a blog titled Adapting Creatively, and she created a rain poncho that can cover the person and wheelchair.  It looks like it would be incredibly useful.  Here is a little bit of what she posted, but you need to go over to her…
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Twistified swing

The twistified swing was invented by an 8 year old boy.  He won second place in the Invention Dimension Challenge.  Here is a video of him and his cool swing.
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Ipad for special needs

Another post about the ipad for disabilities.  This one is written by a mom who got one for her son.  Go read the whole post on their blog, better than normal.  He has done some great things using it.