Monday, July 6, 2015
Thursday, July 2, 2015
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 and Similar Movement Disorders - A Guide for Parents and Professionals - Find out more at http://yourtherapysource.com/CPmotorskills.html
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Encourage 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 http://yourtherapysource.com/freepaperclippeople.html
Monday, June 29, 2015
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 http://www.yourtherapysource.com/july4free.html
Practice visual discrimination, visual motor and figure ground skills with this July 4th Hunt and Find activity at http://yourtherapysource.com/july4huntfind.html
Practice scissors and lacing skills to make this Flag Mobile at http://yourtherapysource.com/july4free2.html
Friday, June 26, 2015
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Here 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 http://yourtherapysource.com/freefindname.html
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 http://yourtherapysource.com/letterhunt.html