Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Survey Results Are In.....

survey results carry over 2015 from http://yourtherapysource.com/surveyotptcarryover.htmlThe results are in from the latest survey when we asked pediatric OTs, PTs, parents and teachers this question –  “what characteristics of activities or exercises influences successful carry over of recommendations at home or in the classroom”?
We had a whopping 320 responses!  Not surprisingly close to 70% were pediatric occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants.  I was hoping for more parents and teachers to respond to hear their opinions but no such luck.
Here are the top 5 responses of what makes an occupational or physical therapy carry over activity successful (each participant could choose more than one response):
1.  Activities are incorporated into the daily routine
2.  Requires a short amount of time (less than 5 minutes)
3.  The overall benefit of the exercise program or activity
4.  Child can complete activity/exercises independently
5.  How well the activities were explained by the therapist
Check out the rest of the results at http://yourtherapysource.com/surveyotptcarryover.html
Participate in the current survey here http://yourtherapysource.com/survey.html
Therapeutic Activities for Home and School from http://yourtherapysource.com/therexbook.htmlTherapeutic Activities for Home and School provides pediatric therapists with over forty, uncomplicated, reproducible activity sheets and tips that can be given to parents and teachers.  Available in print or immediate electronic delivery at http://yourtherapysource.com/therexbook.html.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Challenge Visual Motor Skills with this Back to School Freebie

Back to School Pencil Challenges Freebie fromhttp://yourtherapysource.com/pencilchallengesbacktoschoolfreebie.html Here are a few free pencil challenges with a back to school theme to practice pencil control for vertical, horizontal, diagonal and curved lines.  You can download them here http://yourtherapysource.com/pencilchallengesbacktoschoolfreebie.html

Color, Cut and Fold Butterfly

Butterfly cut and fold freebie - http://yourtherapysource.com/freebutterfly.htmlButterfly Cut and Fold: Practice coloring, scissors skills and folding paper with
this activity. This are two versions – rounded corners or angled corners to cut.
Available in black and white or color. You can download it here http://yourtherapysource.com/freebutterfly.html

5 Tips to Help with Cooperation

5 Tips To Help Children Learn to CooperateDo you ever find yourself thinking I wish this group of kids could just get along better?  Maybe it is during a group therapy session, a play date, recess or siblings that could benefit from some tips to help them cooperate.  Here are 5 tips to help you teach children how to get along:
1.  Model the behavior.  When you are with other adults or children, model good manners by not interrupting, taking turns and sharing.
2.  Praise children.  Catch them when they are cooperating and praise them for the good behavior.  Be specific.  Instead of saying “good job” say “I like how you waited your turn” or “I am proud of you for sharing your favorite toy.
3.  Let the children problem solve.  Whenever able, let the children work it out themselves without interfering.
4.  Practice cooperation.  If necessary, try different role playing activities so that the children can actually learn to share, wait their turn, be polite, etc in a non threatening environment.
5.  Play games that encourage cooperation and keep it fun.  Check out  Cooperative Activities for Kids: 12 Playful Activities to Get Kids Working and Moving Together at http://yourtherapysource.com/treehouse1.html  for specific ideas.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Benefits of the WiiFit on Motor Performance in Children with Cerebral Palsy

WiiFit, Motor Performance and Cerebral PalsyThe Journal of Physical Therapy Science published research on the effect of training with Nintendo Wii Fit games on motor performance in 40 children with spastic cerebral palsy (6-10 years old and GMFCS Level III).  Participants were divided randomly into equal groups: experimental group that practiced with the Nintendo Wii Fit game for at least 20 minutes/day for 12 weeks and the control group that underwent no training. The Movement Assessment Battery for Children-2 (mABC-2) was used to assess motor performance.
The results indicated the following:
1.  significant improvements in the subscales of the motor performance test of those who practiced with the Nintendo Wii, while the control group showed no significant changes.
The researchers concluded that using motion interactive games in home rehabilitation is feasible for children with cerebral palsy.
Reference: AlSaif AA, Alsenany S.. Effects of interactive games on motor performance in children with spastic cerebral palsy.  J Phys Ther Sci. 2015 Jun;27(6):2001-3. doi: 10.1589/jpts.27.2001. Epub 2015 Jun 30.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bilateral Hand Transplant on an Amazing 8 Year Old Boy

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has completed the first bilateral hand transplant on a truly STRONG, well spoken eight year old boy.  Wait until you watch the end just two weeks after surgery.  It is so amazing.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

All About Staying Calm Glyph to Help Determine Sensory Preferences

All About Me Glyph Freebie Picture from http://www.yourtherapysource.com/glyphsmefreebie.html
A glyph is a symbol or code that conveys information nonverbally. The student follows the directions to color and draw a visual representation of the his/her information. Students can then analyze the completed glyphs and compare everyone’s information/preferences. A glyph is a nice alternative to written responses.
Here is a freebie from the All About Me Glyphs packet on All About Staying Calm.  You can download it at http://www.yourtherapysource.com/glyphsmefreebie.html
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