Watch this short video to learn how to make your own ‘Thingies.’
Watch this short video to learn how to make your own ‘Thingies.’
Follow the slide directions.
This is a great way to correct the angle of your student’s pencil so that it rests in their first web space.
Let your students chose the color of their loop and the design of their bead, button or charm. Everyone is going to want one.
The one caveat is that your students must leave them in the class before they go home or you’ll be making them everyday!!
So proud to be an Occupational Therapist in 2016.
As we enter a new year, it is thrilling to see how our profession and colleagues are all striving to achieve the CENTENNIAL VISION. Consider this:
We envision that OT is a powerful…
More and more, OT services are recognized for their early and continued emphasis on function and participation, and its holistic appreciation of the mind-body-environmental-cultural-societal interconnectedness
Yes, we are informed by the neurosciences, our knowledge of development, physiology, physics, behavior and psychology,
We are increasingly deferring to research to guide our clinical decisions.
and diverse workforce…
Look around you. OTs and OTAs today, in your schools, your local OT organizations and AOTA. Our therapists come from the broadest of backgrounds and bring unique insightful perspectives.
meeting society’s occupational needs.
Occupational needs? How does that apply to us therapists working within the educational system?
First, recognize that our society is the school system and our population is the children within them.
As far as their occupational needs, they are threefold. We are charged with helping children:
But there is that one clause, “widely recognized” that still eludes us. While consumers are increasingly pursuing Occupational Therapy services as the holistic solution to their complex needs, other providers are closing in on our domain.
Please, my friends. Do not be complacent and think that our Centennial Vision will realize itself. It is important that we protect this marvelous profession before others claim ownership of Activities of Daily Living, Leisure and related functional activities.
It is already happening.
Learn more from your state organization. Join your state organization. Attend AOTA’s national convention. We are a marvelous supportive and generous group. Let’s not become an irrelevant profession simply because someone else seized an opportunity to write into their licensure bill practice domains that have historically, empirically and conceptually been ours.
And let’s have a happy, healthy, productive, and widely recognized New Year, everyone.
Shpilkas, n. [shpeal-kuz] (Yid. obs) shpeilkas, the state of constant movement; restlessness.
terms– hyperactive, sensory-seeking, impulsive, high strung.
While he always looked like he had to go the bathroom, it was determined that what Noah really had was shpilkas.
The treatment? More. More movement. More resistance. More repetitions. More variety. More intensity.
Personal Exercise Charts not only give children the outlet they need, they empower them to take responsibility, exert control and gain insight into their behavior. Assure the kids who may have previously gotten in trouble for being in perpetual motion, “You’re OK. You’re just a kid with a lot of energy. Let’s find a way to get rid of some of the extra energy that may be interfering with your work.”
Then, with the teacher’s knowledge and permission, hang the chart in a pre-designated spot and get ready to demonstrate the first rotation of exercises alongside them. First, note the month and date in the appropriate box. After each routine, have the child place a tally mark next to the corresponding exercise. If one series isn’t enough to satiate the child’s needs, do the entire cycle again.
Teachers may subtly suggest a round of exercises before any lesson, prolonged sitting period, group activity, etc., especially those that have been challenging in the past. Encourage children to advocate for themselves if they feel like they need a break. Once children recognize how ‘their own engines run,’ they begin making huge leaps toward regulating them. When that happens, heap on the praise.
Personal Exercise Charts should be checked and updated regularly. Increase the repetitions and vary the exercises.
Oh… and have fun.
Sometimes it seems like our furniture was designed to appease the janitorial staff.
After all, the desktops are hard laminates that can be easily scoured with heavy-duty cleansers and the silhouette has become ideal only for those concerned with efficient stacking.
But if you harken back to school days of yore, you’ll recall a soft wood finish in which initials could be carved and the gently sloped slant desks that insure a comfortable reading and writing surface.
Ah… to live in the ‘60’s again.
While there is certainly a lot to be said for progress, the changes made in classroom furnishings has created a less than ideal work set-up.
Let’s start with the angle of the desk itself.
A work surface parallel to the floor is, by its very nature, perpendicular to the child’s seated body. That means that the visual process of regarding papers and books requires the length of focus to shift anywhere from 18” to 8” from the nose when reading (or writing) a page from top to bottom. That’s tricky. At the farthest point, it’s like looking at the horizon. The print appears smaller and less precise. It’s the reason most kids don’t utilize the alphabet strips on the ends of the desk… if they even notice they’re there!
An inexpensive solution to making slant desks?
Enter—the trusty screwdriver! Raise the far legs of the desk a notch. Maybe even lower the legs abutting the child’s body a notch. Just be careful not to overdue it or the contents will fall out.
Creating a slight slant to the desktops will help your students with reading, copying, writing, posture and overall attention.
No more slouching.
Standing erectly is not always natural or easy.
Neither is erect sitting.
But with some adaptations to existing classroom furniture or additional specially designed furniture, your children can assume and maintain an upright sitting posture.
OK… one more exercise each. I’ll explain a few on the unknowns on the menu. Don’t want you to get frustrated!
I can feel the energy rising already!
The Coke and Pepsi Game is inspired by a popular children’s party game, this is the school version. The goal is to provide six different types of movement experiences.
Start by creating a safe track around the room. The teacher (or therapist) announces the name of the soda. Students start moving in a counterclockwise direction on the ‘track.’ Teach one movement at a time so students master it. Gradually add another and another.
The movements of the Coke and Pepsi Game are identified by names of popular soft drinks native to the northeast. You can replace them with your own regional preferences. Schools on healthy food initiatives can substitute better choices. It doesn’t matter. CARROT JUICE is certainly a worthy way of calling for a bunny hop.
Either way, the Coke and Pepsi Game will help kids drink up!
Please excuse my Chinese. It captures the essence of the strategy.
Don’t recognize some of the options? Start with the ones you already know. We’ll get to the others shortly.
No more static fluid build up. Let’s start sloshing those semi-circular canals around.
The vestibular apparatus, comprised of the semi-circular canals and the saccule and utricle, has direct connections to the Reticular Activating System. The RAS is responsible for alerting us. This is such a primary pathway largely because it is fully operational at 6 months in utero. All the more reason to make sure that we tap it as fully as possible. Doing that involves moving our heads in all different planes–forward and backward, up and down, circularly clockwise and counterclockwise, and even upside down.
Sneaking motion or repositioning breaks into the school day without causing classroom chaos is surprisingly self-organizing. In fact, it is often the pursuit of these very same end results provided through intensive stimulation that allow students to finally be calmed. To wit… they’ve been satiated. That’s what they sought in the first place. You’ve just helped them achieve it in a more effective and efficient way.
Here are some good ones:
* If a student feels dizzy… see the blog on Fishy Faces.
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