Friday, May 22, 2015

Doodle Diaries and Writing

doodle diaries sample pages from you know that research indicates that students who drew or doodled while learning had improved memory recall over students who did not?  If you need to practice drawing skills,
visual perceptual skills, visual motor skills and handwriting practice give some of these activities a try.  You can download the sample pages here
Reference: Drawing to Learn in Science, Science 26 August 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6046 pp. 1096-1097. DOI: 10.1126/science.1204153

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Handwriting and Scissor Skill Craftivity

Summer Sunglasses Craftivity from this free summer sunglasses activity to create a cute craft while practicing handwriting and scissor skills.  There are step by step directions as well.  You can download the craftivity here

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Self Care Skills - Predictor of Employment Success for Individuals with Autism

Self Care Skills - Predictor of Employment Success for Individuals with AutismRecent research studied survey responses, interviews and basic self care assessments of basic daily tasks, such as bathing, brushing their teeth, cleaning and preparing meals, of 81 adults with moderate to severe autism.
The results indicated the following:
1.  only 45% were employed.
2.  after taking into account symptom severity and communication ability, having good self-care skills was the most important independent predictor of adult job success.
3.  the adults with autism with better self-care abilities were more likely to keep a job and more likely to work more hours, and to rely on employment support services less often.
4.  better adult job prospects were available for those who displayed better self-care abilities when they were children.
The researchers recommend a focus on teaching those with autism the practical skills of day-to-day living.
The researchers, Laura Klinger, an associate professor in the department of psychiatry and executive director of the TEACCH Autism Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her colleagues, will present at the International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City.
Reference:  Medline Plus.  Learning Daily Skills Prepares Kids With Autism for Adult Life. Retrieved from the web on 5/19/15 at
Life Skills Checklist from
The Life Skills Checklists help track progress towards routine life skills needed to succeed in the school, home and community.  Find out more at

Monday, May 18, 2015

Visual Perceptual Skills and ADLs for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Visual Perceptual Skills and ADLs for Children with Cerebral Palsy from www.YourTherapySource.blogspot.comThe Journal of Physical Therapy Science published research on the effects of a visual perceptual intervention on visual-motor integration and activities of daily living performance of 56 children with cerebral palsy.  Each children with cerebral palsy participated in a visual perceptual intervention for 8 weeks, 3 times a week, for 30 minutes per session.  The intervention program consisted of 48 items such as visual-motor coordination, figure-ground perception, perceptual constancy and position in space and spatial relationship.  All children were assessed before the intervention and after using the VMI and WeeFIM to evaluate visual motor integration and activities of daily living skills.
The results indicated the following:
1.  all children significantly improved their scores on the VMI and WeeFIM.
2.  there were progressive increases in WeeFIM subscores of self-care, mobility, communication and social cognition.
The authors concluded that the visual perceptual intervention had a positive influence on the visual-motor integration and activities of daily living performance of children with cerebral palsy.
Reference: Cho, M., Kim, D., & Yang, Y. (2015). Effects of visual perceptual intervention on visual-motor integration and activities of daily living performance of children with cerebral palsy. Journal of physical therapy science, 27(2), 411.
Patterns, Patterns, Patterns from
 Patterns, Patterns, Patterns is a collection of over 50 visual perceptual activities involving patterns.   Children will be challenged to draw the patterns and find shapes, numbers or objects in a pattern.  Find out more at

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Success Story - A Boy, A Dog and an OT

Grab a tissue and watch this heart warming video about how a special dog helped a 6 year old boy during his therapy sessions.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

3 Group Games for Self Regulation Skills

3 group games for self regulation from www.YourTherapySource.blogspot.comMore and more research indicates that children with strong self regulation skills in preschool and kindergarten do significantly better on math, reading and vocabulary skills.  In addition, children who lack self regulation exhibit excessive weight gain.   Below are 3 group games to help children develop self regulation skills.  These activities work great for indoor recess ideas or for a quick brain break!
Encourage eye hand coordination, motor timing and motor planning and practice self regulation skills with this group game.  All you need are two different sized balls.  Find out how to play at
Children have to remain quiet and calm as they listen for the code to indicate what motor skills should be completed.  Read how to play here
Encourage following motor commands, motor memory and coordination skills.  Practice self regulation skills.  Read how to play here
Need more ideas for self regulation skills?  Check out these Adventure Skill - Self Regulation Flash Cards.
Summary: This 16 Flash Card Set in printable PDF format – includes health lessons and self-regulation techniques that combine creative movement, yoga and Brain Gym(R).
Lori A. Francis; Elizabeth J. Susman
Self-regulation and Rapid Weight Gain in Children From Age 3 to 12 Years
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Michaella Sektnana, Megan M. McClellanda, Alan Acocka and Frederick J. Morrison Relations between early family risk, children’s behavioral regulation, and academic achievement Article in press Early Childhood Research Quarterly doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2010.02.005
Ponitz, Claire Cameron; McClelland, Megan M.; Matthews, J. S.; Morrison, Frederick J. A structured observation of behavioral self-regulation and its contribution to kindergarten outcomes. Developmental Psychology. Vol 45(3), May 2009, 605-619.
Oregon State University (2009, June 9). Self-regulation Game Predicts Kindergarten Achievement. ScienceDaily. Retrieved June 9, 2009, from­ /releases/2009/06/090608162547.htm
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