Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
If you are looking for a great upper extremity workout along with motor planning check out Wii Just Dance for Kids. Basically, you have to copy the dance moves of the middle dancer on the screen. Because it tracks the Wiimote in your hands, there is an extensive amount of upper extremity motions to follow. It keeps tracks of your points for how well you accurately match the dance moves. There are different levels of songs based on difficulty to follow the dance moves and effort. The list of songs varies from traditional children's songs (i.e. BINGO, A,B,C,'s, etc) and Top 40 dance music.
If you are looking for a truly active Wii game, check out Wii Just Dance for Kids.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Wonder if this holds true for other senses? Is the sense of touch more "sensitive" on the right side? Is joint proprioception more accurate on the right side? How about male versus female?
Read previous post on right and left handed motivational levels.
Reference: Mio Ozawaa, Katsuya Kandaa, Michio Hiratab, Isao Kusakawab, and Chieko Suzuki Effect of gender and hand laterality on pain processing in human neonates Early Human Development Volume 87, Issue 1, January 2011, Pages 45-48
Monday, December 27, 2010
Reference: Aviva Fattal-Valevski, Liora Sagi, and Dafna Domenievitz
Botulinum Toxin A Injections to the Upper Limbs in Children With Cerebral Palsy: Duration of Effect J Child Neurol 0883073810376446, first published on October 6, 2010 doi:10.1177/0883073810376446
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
1. Motor Planning and Graded Movement
2. Homemade Assistive Devices
3. iPhone Applications and Occupational Therapy
4. Encouraging Tummy Time Handouts
5. Social Story Resources
6. Self Regulation Activities
7. Bilateral Coordination Eye Foot
8. Handwriting Practice on the Interactive Whiteboard
9. 5 Ice Breakers for Pediatric Therapy
10. Pediatric Physical Therapy In the News
Monday, December 20, 2010
For more information and tips on getting a child ready for a motorized wheelchair read this article entitled, Pre-Mobility Training Guidelines, written by Michelle Lange OTR.
Friday, December 17, 2010
1. Winter Handwriting Activities
2. Artist Trading Cards Lesson Plan
3. Tangrams for Kids
4. Fabric Creation Lesson Plan
5. Visual Motor Exercises
6. Imagination Action Journey
7. Dressing Skills Sample Page
8. Wax String Activities Sample Pages
9. Follow the Path Sample Pages
10. Self Calming Sample Page
11. Pencil Toppers
12. Patterns, Patterns, Patterns Sample Pages
13. Leaf Animals
14. Spooky Door Hanger
15. Moon Pose Classroom Activity Poster
16. Holiday Lights
17. Fingerprint Calender Page
18. Dice Drawing - Owl
19. Therapy Session Lesson Plan Form
20. Thanksgiving Turkey Clothes Pin Mat
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Reference: EMCK, C., BOSSCHER, R. J., VAN WIERINGEN, P. C., DORELEIJERS, T. and BEEK, P. J. , Gross motor performance and physical fitness in children with psychiatric disorders. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, no. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2010.03806.x
Read Tips on Including All Kids
Reference: Kelly, E. et al How Does Participation of Youth with Spina Bifada Vary with Age? Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research DOI: 10.1007/s11999-010-1693-x
Saturday, December 11, 2010
The LEGO Children's Fund provides quarterly grants typically from $500 to $5000. Preferential consideration is given to disadvantaged youth, special projects that help children explore creativity and organizations serving Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. They are specifically looking for programs in these two areas:
"1. Early childhood education and development that is directly related to creativity
2. Technology and communication projects that advance learning opportunities "
The grant submission is due before January 15, 2011. For more information go to LEGO Children's Fund.
Friday, December 10, 2010
1. Gaining entry to play - initiating play can be difficult
2. Feeling like a legitimate participant - children wanted meaningful roles in play
3. Having friends - wanted a friend they could depend on and trust so they could feel accepted
Dr. Nancy Spencer-Cavaliere also mentioned that the children never mentioned "physical education classes when discussing feeling included". She recommends when in doubt about inclusion be sure to ask the children.
Read previous blog post on including all kids.
Reference: Physorg.com Feeling included -- kids with disabilities have their say in landmark study. Retrieved from the web on 12/10/2010 at http://www.physorg.com/news/2010-12-kids-disabilities-landmark.html
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Curious to see if the same results would be found if children simply exercised before school or is it the actual walking outdoors that makes the difference?
Reference: David Martinez-Gomez; Jonatan R. Ruiz; Sonia Gomez-Martinez; Palma Chillon; J. Pablo Rey-Lopez; Ligia E. Diaz; Ruth Castillo; Oscar L. Veiga; Ascension Marcos; for the AVENA Study Group Active Commuting to School and Cognitive Performance in Adolescents: The AVENA Study Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010;0(2010):archpediatrics.2010.244.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Reference: Yang, Stephen Su et al. Ambulation Gains After Knee Surgery in Children With Arthrogryposis. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics: December 2010 - Volume 30 - Issue 8 - p 863–869 doi: 10.1097/BPO.0b013e3181f5a0c8
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Unfortunately, I could not test this out because my computer is not blue tooth enabled. But... if it worked I could see many uses for therapists:
1. Place the Wii remote on a child's belt to get a simple analysis of pelvic motion during gait training.
2. Track a child's motion using different assistive devices i.e. anterior versus posterior rolling walker.
3. Track upper extremity active motion.
4. Analyze the forces on the child's motion when walking on different surfaces
5. In the comments section of the blog one reader says he/she used the Wiimote inside a ball to collect data on throwing and catching.
Would love to hear if you get it to work in the clinical setting.
Read on how to turn the Wii Remote into a data logger.
Read Wearing a Wiimote During Sport
Watch his videos below:
Monday, December 6, 2010
Reference: Yu-ping Chen, Rachel Keen, Kerstin Rosander, Claes Von Hofsten. Movement Planning Reflects Skill Level and Age Changes in Toddlers Child DevelopmentVolume 81, Issue 6, pages 1846–1858, November/December 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Read more on activities to encourage self regulation.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
There are three hand outs on:
1. Naptime/ Bedtime
2. Running Errands
Worth a look at TACSEI
Friday, December 3, 2010
1. Accept each child for who they are - don't try to change a child, realize that each child has their own unique traits.
2. Encourage group participation - many parts make up a whole. We all benefit when we work together.
3. Acknowledge all efforts - make sure each child knows that their opinions and actions are valid and appreciated.
4. Promote group decision making - let all voices be heard to make a decision
5. Break up big, group projects into smaller parts - assign each child a small part that they can accomplish.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Reference: Regina T. Harbourne, Sandra Willett, Anastasia Kyvelidou, Joan Deffeyes, and Nicholas Stergion A Comparison of Interventions for Children With Cerebral Palsy to Improve Sitting Postural Control: A Clinical Trial
PHYS THER December 2010 90:1881-1898; published ahead of print October 21, 2010, doi:10.2522/ptj.2010132