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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

4 Common Misconceptions of Online Therapy: Busted

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With the increased adoption of technology within schools across North America, it leaves one to wonder how this is impacting our youth. It seems that everywhere we turn there’s no getting away from there is a new technology. Like it or not, the future is here…along with the list of critics opposed to this shift. For those who have already opened their doors to online therapy (also known as telepractice), the ability to serve students with speech and occupational therapy disorders has shone through as paramount. It is our hope that the Speech-Language Pathology and Occupational Therapy community become educated on the vast benefits this new form of delivery provides through the use of traditional telepractice, as well as the next generation of telepractice in introducing robot doubles to the classroom.

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Topics: occupational therapy telepractice, Speech Therapy Telepractice, Online Speech Therapy, online occupatonal therapy, TinyEYE Robot,, #RobotsInSchool, myths

Q & A: Robots in Schools - Your Questions, Answered

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A couple weeks ago, we asked what you want to know about the TinyEYE robot. You had some great questions, and we have done our very best to answer them!


I wonder if the robot would be used for 5th grade and higher?

Yes. Much like our "traditional" remote therapy service, the robot can be used for any age group. The robot is as flexible as the therapist running it. We work with you to develop a plan for your service, and maintain a constant relationship with each school to ensure that the program is meeting and exceeding expectations.

Did y'all borrow this from Big Bang Theory? #Shelbot

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Topics: Speech Therapy Robot,, TinyEYE Robot,, #RobotsInSchool, Occupational Therapy Robot, Shelbot, Q&A



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