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Fine Motor Skill Development for School-Age Children

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Guest Post: Wendy, TinyEYE Occupational Therapist

Hello everyone!

I am excited to be able to share some of the typical challenges we see in fine motor development with you today. Fine motor skills are skills involving the small muscles in the hand. When a child has underdeveloped fine motor skills, you will notice a lack of control, dexterity and/or strength. He or she may have trouble stringing beads, drawing, writing, or turning pages. If left unresolved, children with fine motor development delays may struggle with basic life skills such as buttoning, zipping, tying shoes and using utensils, as well as skills necessary for school such as writing, turning pages, and typing.

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Topics: fine motor skills, Occupational Therapy, fine motor development,, fine motor coordination,

Can a robot REALLY teach my students?

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This is a picture we’ve held in our minds for over a decade. Some of us picture the classic TV show “The Jetsons” where Elroy’s class is taught by a robot. Others picture the scene from “The Matrix”, where upon downloading the information into his mind, Keanu Reeves announces “I know Kung Fu!” But aside from these futuristic examples, our real-life experience with robots has been limited to our household appliances and remote-control cars.

So, why can these robots teach our children where none could before? Simple. They aren’t just robots. 

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Topics: online occupational therapy program, Remote Speech Therapy, Online Speech Therapy, Speech Therapy Robot,, #RobotsInSchool, Occupational Therapy Robot

7 Ways Parents Can Help Young Children Develop Motor Skills

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Guest Post: Wendy, TinyEYE Occupational Therapist

As an Occupational Therapist and fellow parent of 2 young daughters, I am often approached by parents who wa
nt ideas about how to help their children develop their motor skills. Listed below are seven simple ideas to play and help develop your child’s motor skills.

 

1. As your child becomes interested in coloring or drawing, have him work at an easel or tape a large piece of paper to the wall.  This will help to develop stability in the shoulder and elbow while developing the dynamic movements in the wrist and fingers for writing. 

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Topics: Occupational Therapy, Tips for Parents

Rethinking Learning: Special Education in the 21st Century

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There has been a lot of talk about “preparing our students for the future they are going into, rather than the world that we came from.” What does that mean, exactly?

"Today's students think and process information fundamentally differently from their predecessors. It's very serious, because the single biggest problem facing education today is that our Digital Immigrant instructors are struggling to teach a population that speaks an entirely new language." - Marc Prensky, Educational Author

The advent of technology has created two categories of people: those who grew up with digital technology and those who did not. Those who were introduced to technology later in life are called ‘digital immigrants’. Those who grew up with digital technology are referred to as ‘digital natives’.

There have been many studies conducted on the manner in which digital natives learn. We are now teaching the first generation of students to grow up entirely as digital natives; students who think about and process information in an entirely different way than we, as digital immigrants do.

Blackboard Inc. describes why “the classroom isn’t enough” for digital natives in this video:

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Topics: online therapy, TinyEYE Robot,, Digital Natives, assistive learning, Education Technology

Online Occupational Therapists: What do they do?

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Guest Blogger: Wendy, OTR/L

 


As an Occupational Therapist who has worked in different school environments for 20(+) years, I often get the question:  How do you provide Occupational Therapy services online?  When I first began providing online OT, I had some skepticism too.  The fact is, just like services provided with face to face interaction we are all working toward meeting the student’s IEP goals and collaborating with the IEP team to help the student reach his maximum functional potential; to influence a better life for our students.

As OT’s we all have our “bag of tricks.”  We work on fine motor skills, visual motor skills, sensory regulation, activities of daily living.   But how exactly can you work on those skills with the OT in California and the student in Wisconsin?  First, for this generation of kids, being on the computer is second nature.  And yet meeting with the OT online is a novelty for the kids.  Off the bat, they think it is fun.  We connect.  We talk about how life is different in California compared to Wisconsin.  That connection no matter in person or online is everything. I believe for kids and adults, getting buy in and understanding why we are working on our goals is critical.  I often confer with the student and let him know what his IEP goals are and why these goals are important for his school success. 

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Topics: occupational therapy telepractice, online occupatonal therapy

   

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