Exercises Kids Can Do for Different Parts of the Body Using Foam Rollers

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Sometimes called frollers, foam rollers are well known to therapists and athletes. They are sold in sporting goods and department stores, and come in various shapes and sizes – the most common being 36 inches long and six inches round. They look a little like short, stubby pool noodles, but they are shorter and denser…. Read more »

Gym Class Activities for Children with Poor Motor Skills

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Through games, sports, and play, students can continuously develop their motor skills to help make them more successful both inside and outside the classroom. Use these related tips to boost your OT regime. Core Strengthening Without a stable core, children may struggle to sit still at a desk or to carry out fine motor tasks…. Read more »

Getting Ready to Go Back to School as a School-Based Occupational Therapist

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It’s that time of year again. (How did that happen?) School starts soon, and it’s time to get organized and get to know the students you’ll be working with when you resume your school-based OT practice for 2017/18. One key to your success will be getting to know your students and fellow education team members…. Read more »

How to Monitor Classroom Noise for Children with Sensitivities

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Children who struggle with sensory processing issues can be highly sensitive to noise. Anything from a fire alarm to a loud classroom or gym can become a challenge. Fortunately, there are some relatively easy ways to monitor and control noise levels at school and help sensitive students cope. Take a Team Approach Work with a… Read more »

Common Factors That Could Be Affecting Handwriting Skills

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Poor handwriting is one of the most common OT referrals among primary school students. Children may never have mastered such fundamental pre-writing skills as sizing, formation, construction, alignment or spacing. A number of factors can affect handwriting skills development. These include: Attention to task: Children can’t sit still or keep their eyes on task, or… Read more »

Avoid Summer Learning Loss: Activities SLPs Can Give Parents to Do in The Summer Months

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Ah, summer … everybody wants to take a break and get away from it all … but you don’t want your SLP students to lose the momentum they picked up during the school year. So use this time to recommend helpful and fun activities to parents, so children can pick up right where they left… Read more »

10 Activities to Help Develop Pre-Scissor Skills

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Learning to cut with scissors is not as simple as it seems. As children master this skill, it’s a full-body task to get the hands and fingers working with precision. The back, shoulders and arms must be stable, feet must be on the floor, and hips must be in neutral. The eyes need to focus… Read more »

Tips on Pencil Grasp Development

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A child’s ability to color within the lines, trace a shape or draw simple pictures are the building blocks for handwriting skills to be used throughout their lives. They need to move progressively through different stages of pencil grasp mastery as an important aspect of their early development. Each stage depends on the strength and… Read more »

Top Apps for Occupational Therapists: School of Multi Step Directions

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Every school-based therapist treats students who struggle with following directions. These children need to concentrate, hear and remember steps, and execute directives. It can be a daunting challenge for everyone involved. Using classroom-based settings and built-in reinforcement in the form of a pong game, the Virtual Speech Center app School of Multi Step Directions is… Read more »

How Occupational Therapy Can Help with Homework

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Every child is different – and each approaches school issues including homework, in different ways. Occupational therapists understand and can accurately identify a child’s strengths, as well as the underlying reasons why they struggle in certain areas. Most importantly, a qualified OT can give a young student the tools they need to succeed. Occupational therapy… Read more »