Monday, July 6, 2015

Tips to Stay Organized During the School Year

5 Tips to Stay Organized During the School Year - www.YourTherapySource.comAlthough the start of the school year can feel like a ways off, the best time to prepare is when you actually have some time to do it.  Rather than scramble during the start of the school year get a jump start with these tips to get organized:
1.  Create an organized caseload list of your students. Include all information such as teacher’s names, parents’ names, emails, phone numbers, addresses, frequency and duration of therapy sessions. If you have all the information on one handy list it will make it much easier to contact the team members throughout the school year.
2.  Check your caseload versus workload. It can be very difficult to stay organized if there is not enough hours in the day to complete your daily job. Try filling out this caseload/workload calculator to determine if your workload is appropriate. This calculator helps you to determine exactly how many minutes per week you are spending on different services including paperwork.
3.  Use forms to streamline paperwork. It is much easier to stay on top of mounting paperwork with pre-made forms.  No need to reinvent the wheel – Check out all these forms at to help manage school based therapy tasks.
4.  Keep a calendar.  The older I get the easier it is for me to forget everything!  By keeping a calendar and to-do lists it helps me remember all the important things.   Check out thisTherapy Planner to get yourself started.
5.  Leave time for paperwork. Don’t forget to schedule paperwork time into your schedule. Perhaps the last few minutes of a therapy session you can jot down a quick note. Use a voice recorder following each session that transmits to text for you. Make it routine so it does not pile up on you.
Bonus tip – If you are a traveling therapist from school to school, get an organizer for your trunk to keep all your supplies neat and tidy.
What is your favorite tip to stay organized?

Therapy Planner from
Therapy Planner 2015-2016 
By: Your Therapy Source Inc
Summary: Download of materials to create a Therapy Planner for the 2015-2016 school year to help you stay organized.  FIND OUT MORE at

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Research: Standing Programs, Hip Flexibility and Cerebral Palsy

Standing Programs and Hip Flexibility -

Pediatric Physical Therapy published research on the results of a daily standing program and physical therapy on 13 children with spastic diplegia.  The participants were Gross Motor Functional Classification Level III.
Each child used a custom fabricated stander from 12-14 months of age to 5 years of age.  Hip abduction range of motion was evaluated with goniometry at the start of the program and at 5 years of age.
The results indicated that hip abduction was 42° at baseline and 43° at 5 years.
The researchers concluded that although the small difference in range of motion was not clinically significant, it indicated that it is possible to maintain hip abduction ROM in the spastic adductor muscles of children with cerebral palsy with a daily standing program during the children's first 5 years of development.
Reference:  Macias-Merlo et al.  Standing Programs to Promote Hip Flexibility in Children With Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy.  Pediatric Physical Therapy: Fall 2015 - Volume 27 - Issue 3 - p 243–249. doi: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000150
Teaching Motor Skills to Children with Cerebral Palsy - Motor Skills to Children with Cerebral Palsy and Similar Movement Disorders - A Guide for Parents and Professionals -  Find out more at

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fine Motor Fun with Paper Clip People

Paper Clip People from fine motor skills, bilateral skills and separation of the hand with this super cute activity - Paper Clip People.  Download the printable and see the directions at

Monday, June 29, 2015

Patriotic Printables

July 4 freebies from
Here are three FREE printables for July 4th or any patriotic day.
Practice reaction time and visual skills with the Red, White and Blue Game at
Practice visual discrimination, visual motor and figure ground skills with this July 4th Hunt and Find activity at
Practice scissors and lacing skills to make this Flag Mobile at

Friday, June 26, 2015

Research: Heart Rate, Motor Skills and Children with Autism

Heart Rate, Motor Skills and Children with Autism - & Behavior published research on 20 children – 10 with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and 10 control subjects to determine how the heart rate adjusts during different physical tests.
Each participant was evaluated using the Eurofit Physical Fitness Test Battery with constant heart rate monitoring. In addition, their parents completed the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales.
The results indicated the following:
1.  both groups show the same trend of heart rate increase (during exercise and also during the maximum effort).
2.  children with ASD presented a significant lower heart rate compared to the control population.
3.  children with ASD showed lower results than controls on plate tapping test, vertical and broad jump tests and the sit up test on the Eurofit Physical Fitness Test Battery.
4.  Children with ASD and higher number of falls on the Flamingo balance test
5.  children with ASD had lower force on the handgrip test
The researchers concluded that the significant heart rate decrease of the ASD group during physical test could be due to an alteration of the cardiac response. Also, their results concur with previous studies indicating that children with ASD exhibit a lack of motor abilities such as balance and executive functions.
Reference:  Marion Pace and Véronique-Aurélie Bricout. Low heart rate response of children with autism spectrum disorders in comparison to controls during physical exercise. Physiology & Behavior.  Volume 141, 15 March 2015, Pages 63–68
Possums-Tail Video from

Possum’s Tail  – Ride magic scooter out to the swamp and explore with little Possum, who wants to find her balance, even though she was born without a tail! Climb across a canyon, hang upside down in a tree, hide from hungry alligator, and like Possum, find your determination.
Possum’s Tail video encourages:
balance and fitness
strength and flexibility
alignment and concentration
self control and self regulation.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Free Schedule Form from Therapy Planner

Here is a free schedule form from Therapy Planner 2015-2016.  This planner will help you stay organized with your student caseload, attendance, lesson planning, IEP meetings and more.
Here are some pictures of more of the forms you get with this great organizer for the 2015-2016 School year:
Therapy Planner from

And more forms….

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New Printable - Find and Color Your Name

FInd and Color Letters of Your Name from is a simple activity to help children work on visual scanning, visual discrimination, letter identification and coloring skills.  If the child can not color in the lines, you could use dot markers or colored stickers to identify the letters in the child's name.  You can download it at Your Therapy Source here
Letter Hunt from
 The Letter Hunt ebook includes 26 hunt and find puzzles. For each letter of the alphabet you find and circle 13 upper case letters and 13 lower case letters. Use a pencil to circle the letters, small stickers, dot markers and color in the picture when completed. The ebook is in black and white.  Download a sample page with some ideas of how to use the letter hunts at
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