Thursday, May 28, 2015

Homemade Ribbon Box

Check out this video of the Homemade ribbon pull box in action.
Posted by Your Therapy Source on Thursday, May 14, 2015

Cut and Paste Freebies

cut and paste freebies from

Practice scissor and pasting skills with these 3 freebies from Cut and Paste.  You can download them here

Tracing and Copying in Sitting Versus Standing

comparing tracing and copying sitting versus standing

The Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology compared muscle activity patterns using an electronic tablet when performing a tracing task and copying figures in sitting on a horizontal plane and when standing in front of a wall on a vertical plane in 35, five to six year old children.

The results showed the following:
1.  different muscle activation patterns were observed between the postures, however no significant difference in the performance level was found, providing evidence of motor equivalence at this young age.
The researchers concluded that the study presents a straightforward method of assessing motor equivalence that can be used during other stages of development as well as motor disorders.
Reference:  Portnoy, S et al.  Differences in muscle activity patterns and graphical product quality in children copying and tracing activities on horizontal or vertical surfaces. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology.  Volume 25, Issue 3, June 2015, Pages 540–547
Handwriting Rubrics at

By: Your Therapy Source
Summary: Download of an electronic book of 26 rubrics to assess handwriting in PDF and Word format.  Find out more at

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Backward Walking, Postural Control and Cerebral Palsy

Backward Walking and Postural Control www.YourTherapySource.comClinical Rehabilitation published research on 30 children with spastic hemiplegia cerebral palsy to determine the the effect of additional backward walking training on postural control.  The intervention consisted of random assignment into two equal groups where both groups received a traditional physical therapy program for 12 weeks and the experimental group also received backward walking training which was provided 25 min/day, 3 days/week for 3 successive months.
The results were the following:
1.  significant improvements in overall, anteroposterior and mediolateral stability indices of the backwards walking group at the most stable level and moderately unstable level compared to the control group.
2.  there were significant improvement in all measured variables for both groups at both levels.
The researchers concluded that adding backward walking training to traditional physical therapy program results in improvements in postural stability in children with spastic hemiplegia cerebral palsy compared to traditional physical therapy alone.
Reference:  Heba M Youssr El-Basatiny and Amr Almaz Abdel-aziem.
Effect of backward walking training on postural balance in children with hemiparetic cerebral palsy: a randomized controlled study. Clin Rehabil May 2015 29: 457-467, first published on September 25, 2014 doi:10.1177/0269215514547654
Teaching Motor Skills to Children with Cerebral Palsy -

Teaching Motor Skills to Children with Cerebral Palsy and Similar Movement 
Disorders – A Guide for Parents and Professionals – Find out more at

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
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