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FREE Holiday Themed Visual Perceptual Activity Packet
Designed by a school-based OT, this 5-page activity packet addresses form constancy, left-right directionality, figure-ground, rotation, tracking, and scanning. All with a holiday twist! Levels of difficulty vary. Some pages are appropriate for preschoolers while others are more complex, for older school age children.
1 vote | 38  views
created Dec 06, 2017
Challenges to Advancing Clinical Reasoning as an Occupational Therapist!
As therapists, we strive to advance ourselves professionally by developing clinical experience and reasoning. Advances in professional experience and clinical decision -making are essential to meeting the needs of clients. Below you will find more information about challenges related to advancing clinical reasoning as an occupational therapist. These challenges are points of consideration that can impact clinical decision-making and reasoning. Once clinical factors are identified, it can be possible to identify and strategize effective means for advancing as a professional.
2 votes | 17  views
created Nov 30, 2017
Ways to Network as a Busy Occupational Therapist
As therapists, we know the advantages of collaborating with others to meet goals. When it comes to our clients, we encourage communicating with others to meet goals, address values related to function, while we network and collaborate with other members of the client’s team. Use these strategies to network with other OT professionals.
2 votes | 3  views
created Nov 30, 2017
Ways to reflect and develop as an Occupational Therapist
For the occupational therapist, clinical experience develops over time. This occurs through learning on the job and applying experiences to situations. Adding evidence-based information into clinical needs and using research-based strategies is another important piece to clinical experience. As therapists, we strive to develop and grow our clinical expertise. However, there can be challenges to professional development; time, cost, energy, geographic location, and limited networking opportunities can interfere with professional growth. One way to overcome these challenges is to make individual professional development a priority by reflecting on clinical experiences.
1 vote | 7  views
created Nov 28, 2017
Navigating challenges in finding Occupational Therapy resources
As therapists, there is a common thread of struggling with time and energy when it comes to finding online Occupational Therapy resources. Many therapists struggle with fitting in professional advancement between work schedules and home life. Take into consideration all that needs to be done for a therapist to maintain licensure requirements, learn on the job, and other efforts for advancing clinical expertise. T
2 votes | 11  views
created Nov 28, 2017
Impact of the Cognitive–Functional (Cog–Fun) Intervention on Executive Functions and Participation Among Children With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial
This study supports the effectiveness of the Cog–Fun intervention in improving executive functions and participation among children with ADHD.
1 vote | 18  views
created Nov 27, 2017
FREE 'Play Starter Kit'
Download your FREE 'Play Starter Kit' now when you become a Kids Play Space subscriber - a site dedicated to nurturing play and boosting life skills, authored by Anna Meadows, passionate paediatric occupational therapist and fierce play advocate! Families will love these simple, practical printable resources, to celebrate and promote play and childhood development, accessible for free, to all new subscribers!
Left Right Together... A Comprehensive Guide to Bilateral Integration!
Hand preference, crossing the midline, bilateral coordination are all related concepts. Read about the development of bilateral coordination, development of hand preference and common classroom problems, There are over 50 activity suggestions here as well as a link to the popular "Bilateral Integration and Laterality Reference Sheet".
A Sensory Diet... nothing to do with food!
A "sensory diet" is related to activities that a child performs through the day to help them to "modulate" their bodies - so not food related at all! Over 100 activity suggestions here that may be included in a sensory diet as well as a link to the popular "Sensory Diet Reference Sheet". This popular resource is available to share with parents and teachers and provides a wealth of options within a child's every day life for sensory input.
2 votes | 53  views
created Nov 22, 2017
Holding a pencil... does it really matter how?
There is a predictable progression of pencil with typically developing child. What other aspects are considered with pencil grasp? Find photographs and descriptions of early grasps, inefficient grasps and functional pencil grasps. You will also find a link to the very popular "Pencil Grasp Reference Sheet". This reference sheet is the perfect resource to share with parents and teachers.
2 votes | 47  views
created Nov 22, 2017
ABCs of Active Learning Multisensory Literacy Activities
Introducing Laurie Gombash! Laurie is a physical therapist who loves to teach the alphabet through movement and a range of multi-sensory activities. To capture an array of learning variability gives children an opportunity to learn in ways they understand through their senses. Laurie is sharing her latest book, ABC's of Active Learning© ! What an exciting resource that would be valuable for anyone working with young children!
1 vote | 20  views
created Nov 21, 2017
Christmas Activity Sheet
I've created an activity sheet that would work well on the Christmas table with your kids! Therapists may like to use it their sessions or give it to their students as a holiday activity. There is plenty to do on the activity sheet including a find-a-word, gingerbread man search, colouring and drawing! Your child can work on their visual perceptual skills as well as pencil control whilst having fun with this activity sheet! Get your FREE copy today!
1 vote | 29  views
created Nov 21, 2017
Occupational Therapy Interventions for Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorder
"In this Evidence Connection article, we describe a case report of an adolescent with autism spectrum disorder. The occupational therapy assessment and treatment processes for school, home, community, and transition settings are described. Findings from the systematic reviews on this topic were published in the September/ October 2015 issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and in AOTA’s Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder"
1 vote | 23  views
created Nov 19, 2017
Free Sensory Processing Email Course
This free 5-day email course provides an overview of sensory processing disorder, the 8 sensory systems, different sub-types of SPD and signs of dysregulation of each system. Includes suggestions for activities to use for each system so you can see what works for your child.
1 vote | 33  views
created Nov 13, 2017
School-based OT handouts - in Spanish
5 School-based OT handouts - perfect for parents and teachers, translated into Spanish. Handwriting practice tips All about shoulder stability Hand strengthening activities 3 Simple tricks to get your child writing How to teach crayon and pencil grip
1 vote | 18  views
created Nov 13, 2017
Free OT Bulletin Board Posters
These colorful posters are perfect for the clinic or therapy room - Just print and hang!
Free Handwriting Email Series
This free email course outlines the 6 components of handwriting, how to teach them, and how to correct the bad habits that children commonly adopt. Includes a freebie packet of parent/teacher handouts.
1 vote | 19  views
created Nov 13, 2017
5 School Based Occupational Therapy Handouts for Parents and Teachers
Hand strengthening activities 3 simple tricks to help your child with handwriting How to teach pencil and crayon grip All about shoulder stability Handwriting practice tips
1 vote | 61  views
created Nov 13, 2017
Pre-Writing Worksheets
Printable pre-writing worksheets using patterns, tracing, and pre-writing skills.
1 vote | 50  views
created Nov 08, 2017
How to Write a Blog Post
Use these tips to write a blog post on The OT Toolbox Community. Print the tutorial for ease of creating a blog post.
1 vote | 1  view
created Nov 08, 2017
Alternative Seating Options
Seating options designed to promote postural awareness, trunk strength, & lower body weight bearing to facilitate upper body activation.
1 vote | 23  views
created Oct 16, 2017
1 vote | 10  views
created Oct 16, 2017
Classroom Seating Options
Classroom seating options to help students regulate their sensory systems and prepare to learn.
1 vote | 18  views
created Oct 16, 2017
Fine Motor Stations for School and Home
Use these ideas to develop fine motor centers or stations to strengthen and develop fine motor skills.
1 vote | 36  views
created Oct 16, 2017
Resources for school-based OT
Information for school based OTs including Evaluation, Frequencies, 504 Plans, Workloads, Must follow blogs, AT Resources, Social Stories, and more.
2 votes | 61  views
created Oct 16, 2017