Friday share with math paper, a DIY weight lap pet, tummy time, and ipad info

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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. 

Adapted Paper for Math

from Notes from a Pediatric Occupational Therapist by Abby

Difficulty aligning numbers when completing math assignments is one of the most common handwriting related problems I see when working in the schools. Today I’d like to share some adaptations that I’ve used successfully with students.
I found a great website that allows you to make your own graph paper for free! It definitely takes some playing around with the dimensions to get the squares the size you want, but it is worth it in the end. I’ve created small, medium, and large graph paper.

image Go visit Notes from a Pediatric Occupational Therapist to read all of the information >>>>>

OT iTool Kit Tip and Trick #2 – Taking and Using Screen Shots on Your iDevice

from OT’s with Apps by Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, AdEd, OTR/L, ATP

This Tip and Trick #2 – Taking and using screen shots on your iDevice was prompted by a question from Fiona about how to take a screen shot. This is a tip and trick that is so useful I thought I would post it in the case users are unfamiliar with this feature.  Here is how you take a screen shot on your iPad or iPod:

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Tummy Time – Its a Ball!

from Starfish Therapies by Starfish Therapies

Ok, I am a big proponent of tummy time and I have discussed why I think its important in Tummy Time: The Cornerstone of Movement and Tummy Time: What’s the Big Deal.  I have also provided suggestions for ways to incorporate this in Strategies for Tummy Time.  I now have a new approach!  I am beginning to work on a video series for a set of ‘How To’s’ for parents who are looking for ways to help their kiddos work on their motor skills and milestones.  The first video is for tummy time and shows how to use a therapy ball to help your kiddo work on tummy time.

Go visit Starfish Therapies to read all about it>>>>>


DIY Weighted Lap Bag

from Starfish Therapies by Starfish Therapies

I have a feeling I’ll be posting more things from now on that the OT’s I work with come up with because they get to do make all the fun things!  Also they like to tell me about the things they make and/or do so that I can write about them.  This is a project that was started a year ago, got lost in piles along the way, and rediscovered and completed this past weekend.

Many kids do better when they get the sensory input provided by a weighted object.  Often this can look like a weighted vest or a weighted blanket.  An easy way to make your own is to buy a stuffingless toy for a dog and take the squeaker out (or a stuffed one and take the stuffing and squeaker out).  Then fill it with aquarium rocks, beans, rice, etc to provide the weight.  Sew up the end and voila you have your own sensory tool.

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