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
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009;163(4):297-302.
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

Monday, May 11, 2015

Brain Breaks and RTI

positive benefits of brain breaks from celebrate the 2015 ASHA Better Hearing and Speech Month in May, Speech Language Literacy Lab has partnered with 30 professionals from various fields to share tons of free resources and ideas across discipline about School Based Innovation and Response to Intervention (RTI).  See the end of the post for all the great ideas!
School based therapists can easily help with Response to Intervention plans by suggesting brain breaks in the classrooms.  Many students participate in RTI to help with academic skills and behavior management.  An evidence based intervention that can assist with reaching these goals is movement breaks in the classroom.  Research has shown that 5-20 minute movement breaks in the classroom can positively effect the following:
  1. cognitive skills including executive function, attention span, memory skills and verbal comprehension
  2. academic achievement on test scores
  3. attitude changes in motivation and self concept
  4. on task behaviors
  5. organizational skills
  6. motor planning
  7. impulse control
In addition, research has also indicated that students can retain information longer when gestures are used to learn the material.
Why not suggest some simple brain breaks to get children ready to learn?  Need ideas – check out Your Therapy Source Brain Breaks at  In a hurry and need some right now?  Download some of these free printables:
10 simple physical activities in the classroom from Simple Activities to Encourage Physical Activity in the Classroom at 
brain breaks from Some Fun Brain Breaks at
Movement in the Classroom from Need to explain to teachers why movement in the classroom is so important?  Download theMovement in the Classroom handout at
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The association between school based physical activity, including physical education, and academic performance. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2010.
Crawford, Judy. Young students jog, jump and dance to retain what they learn. Retrieved from the Medical Express on the web on 1/25/2014 at
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BLOGhoplogofrogHere is the information on all of the great posts for the blog hop.
5/2/2015 RTI for the R sound! Badger State Speechy
5/3/2015 Response to Intervention in High School– A Journey from Abject Frustration to Collaboration and Student Success Stephen Charlton Guest blogs on Speech Language Literacy Lab
5/4/2015 Technology and RTI  Building Successful Lives Speech & Language
5/5/2015 Motor Groups and RTI Starfish Therapies
5/6/2015 Orton Gillingham Approach & RTI  Orton Gillingham Online Academy
5/7/2015 Evidenced-based writing that works for RTI & SPED SQWrite
5/8/2015 RTI/MTSS/SBLT…OMG!  Let’s Talk! with Whitneyslp
5/9/2015 RtI, but why?  Attitudes are everything!  Crazy Speech World
5/10/2015 Who Knew RTI Could be So Much Fun? (Artic RTI)    Consonantly Speaking
5/11/2015 Universal benchmarking for language to guide the RTI process in Pre-K and Kindergarten     Speech Language Literacy Lab
5/12/2015 Movement Breaks in the Classroom (Brain Breaks)   Your Therapy Source
5/13/2015 How to Write a Social Story   Blue Mango LLC
5/14/2015 Some Ideas on Objective Language Therapy    Language Fix
5/15/2015 Assistive Technology in the Classroom  OTMommy Needs Her Coffee
5/16/2015 Effective Tiered Early Literacy Instruction for Spanish-Speakers Bilingual Solutions Guest blog on Speech Language Literacy Lab
5/17/2015 Helping with Attention and Focus in the Classroom   The Pocket OT
5/18/2015 Vocabulary Instruction  Smart Speech Therapy, LLC
5/19/2015 An SLP’s Role in RtI: My Story Communication Station: Speech Therapy, PLLC
5/20/2015 Incorporating Motor Skills into Literacy Centers   MissJaimeOT
5/21/2015 The QUAD Profile: A Language Checklist  The Speech Dudes
5/22/2015 Resources on Culturally Relevant Interventions  Tier 1 Educational Coaching and Consulting
5/23/2015 Language Goals Galore: Converting Real Pictures to Coloring Pages  Really Color guest blog on Speech Language Literacy Lab
5/24/2015 Lesson Pix: The Newest Must-Have Resource in your Tx Toolbox Speech Language Literacy Lab
5/25/2015 AAC & core vocabulary instruction Kidz Learn Language
5/26/2015 An RtI Alternative Old School Speech
5/27/2015 Intensive Service Delivery Model for Pre-Schoolers   Speech Sprouts
5/28/2015 RTI Success with Spanish-speakers     Speech is Beautiful
5/30/2015 The Importance of Social Language (pragmatic) Skills guest post on Speech Sprouts
5/31/2015 Sarah Warchol guest posts on Speech Language Literacy Lab
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