The Handwriting Book
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Functional Skills For Kids - Handwriting

We have 10 authors covering the topic of handwriting with a lot of information, including development, the underlying skills, and activity ideas. Sign up to the newsletter at the Functional Skills for Kids website.  Click here to visit…
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Fine Motor Skills and Typing

When a child has difficulty with handwriting or can't keep up in class, many people jump to the statement that they can just type instead. But can they? There are a lot of fine motor skills that go into typing, and it takes years to master the…
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The Visual Motor Aspect of Buttons and Zippers

Buttoning Progression When you are good at fastening buttons, you can do it with your eyes close, and probably don't look at all when fastening your pants. It takes some time and practice to get to the point of being able to button completely…
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Ten Games to Play With Wheelbarrow Walking

Wheelbarrow walking is a great upper body and trunk strengthening tool, and it is easy to incorporate it into a game. When wheelbarrow walking, you are strengthening your arms and your trunk since you have to activate a co-contraction through…
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Tummy Time - The Basics

What is tummy time? Why is it used? Is it necessary? Tummy time is when you have your baby spend some awake time on their stomach. It is a fairly recent term that was started after the "Back to Sleep" campaign began here in the United States. Let's…
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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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Therapy “Magic”

There are times when it feels like people expect a “magical” result from therapy. It is an impossible expectation to live up to as really, there is no magic. The other day though, I was evaluating a student who had one of the most interesting…
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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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Senseez Vibrating Pillow

The Senseez cushionsare colorful and fun shaped foam pillows with a touch/pressure activated vibrator inside. They were originally created by a mom with a child that had trouble sitting still. Sitting on the vibrating cushion helped him stay…
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Making a Comfortable Weighted Pencil

Let's talk about weighted pencils.  Abby has a nice post about making weighted pencils.  I have used weighted pencil kits to add weight onto a regular pencil, and I have seen the do it yourself pencil weights using hex nuts, but there are…
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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…