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The Weighted Vest Debate
September 26, 2014 1:45 PM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
A recent discussion arose in the " Pediatric Occupational Therapists " Facebook group about the usefulness of weighted vests. The writer posted that there are numerous studies showing weighted vests are not an effective intervention in the pediatric population. Read More...
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Picky Eater vs. Problem Eater – Some Questions Answered
December 19, 2013 9:14 AM by Wendy Spoor-Hof
I had mentioned in a previous blog that I would try and answer a few questions that may have crossed one's mind regarding picky eaters and problem eaters. If anyone has any other questions please don't hesitate to send me a message or leave a comment Read More...
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Is Kindergarten the New 1st Grade?
February 19, 2013 1:33 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Last week I presented at another conference for early childhood educators. Entitled 10 Terrific Tips for DAP Fine Motor Skills the workshop covered important sensory and motor components needed for developing good hand skills. (See my blog from last spring Read More...
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Smart Pens for Note Taking Challenges
January 29, 2013 9:44 PM by Cecilia Cruse
So we have smart phones and tablets, and now lately I have seen a growing interest in the use of smart pens. These pens such as the Sky TM wifi pen from LiveScribe, actually record audio as the user is taking notes on the page. The user can then go back Read More...
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Top 5 Blog Posts for 2012
December 29, 2012 11:08 AM by Cecilia Cruse
As my year as your peds blogger comes to a close, I thought I would give you a rundown of the top 5 most popular posts. 5. Weighing in at the fifth spot was the final update on the DSM-5 due out next May: SPD Excluded from DSM-5 . 4. The AJOT published Read More...
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Speed and Legibility with Pencil Grip
November 4, 2012 11:04 AM by Cecilia Cruse
I have been catching up lately on all my research and journal readings (in case you missed it, see my recent blog on idiopathic toe walking ). Browsing the current edition of AJOT, a study on handwriting grips caught my attention. Entitled " Effect of Read More...
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In the Spirit of the Games
July 27, 2012 1:14 PM by Cecilia Cruse
For the next few weeks many of us will be glued to our televisions (and laptops and tablets!) to view the Summer Olympic Games held in London. In the spirit of the games this innovative idea was too cute to pass up. Check out this SPORTOS clip and I think Read More...
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“Scent-sational” Ideas:
May 20, 2012 5:47 PM by Cecilia Cruse
As an OT with a background in SI, I think our sense of smell is often overlooked. Here are some easy suggestions to use olfactory input as a fun way to supplement treatment activities: Add dry JELL-O®mix to watercolor or tempera paints. Or mix up the Read More...
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What Do You Have in Your Therapy Bag?
March 15, 2012 11:35 AM by Cecilia Cruse
I travel a good bit with my job these days so am a frequent flyer with the airlines. Typically the in-flight magazines have a feature where they interview some movie star, CEO or savvy world traveler to ask them what they always carry in a flight bag. Read More...
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Check Out this Quick Video for Building Hand Strength!
February 16, 2012 4:31 PM by Cecilia Cruse
Just thought I would share this helpful clip I found awhile back. I present regularly at conferences and in-services for teachers and as an OT, am always asked how to help students with skills like cutting and handwriting. We all know that good fine motor Read More...
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Overcoming Sensory Defensive Behaviors (hand play)
May 30, 2011 3:50 PM by Wendy Hof
We've probably all seen a child with sensory defensive behaviors relating to their hand play skills. They're the ones who shrink away when it's time to finger paint. They will go to any other place in the classroom or playgroup other than the sensory Read More...
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