Teaching handwriting or handwriting remediation can be both one of the most rewarding and frustrating areas for occupational therapists. Most approaches tend to emphasize workbook-based rote skills, rather than any truly conceptual applications. Tiny Tots Therapy, Inc will be hosting Dr. Beverly Moskowitz, DOT, MS OTR/L, FAOTA, the author of Practical Strategies for Increasing the Effectiveness, Efficiency and Impact of your School-Based Occupational Therapy Practice, for a two-day workshop and SMHP certification course February 19-20 at the Renaissance Hotel in Woodbridge, NJ.
One of the many reasons Dr. Moskowitz is so highly sought and respected is that her method doesn’t rely on anecdotal or folk evidence, but rather on concrete statistics and data. The Size Matters Handwriting Program (SMHP) is not only suitable for professional therapists in clinical settings, but can be utilized by teachers in an inclusive classroom setting, in a remedial context, and even reinforced in the home. Dr. Moskowitz’s program is in use in every state, and outside of the US as well.
During the two-day workshop, Dr. Moskowitz will be offering the SMHP certification program for educators or professionals with a minimum of a two-year degree in an education or healthcare related field. A recommendation letter is also required for entry to the 2-day certification program.
Topics covered will include:
– Handwriting research
– SMHP success data
– 8 key concepts of SMHP
– Implementation strategies in different educational settings
– Lesson plans and data collection
– Treatment planning
– Varying accommodations
– Employing SMHP in classroom games
Tiny Tots Therapy, Inc hosts this and other programs throughout the year to further our primary goal of providing evidence-based services to assist every child’s learning. We emphasize a whole-child approach that includes traditional, holistic, alternative, and advanced treatment modalities combining sensory-motor integration and ABA methodology. Every child and family we work with is treated with respect for their unique personal and cultural needs.
The Size Matters Handwriting Workshop will be held February 19-20th in Woodbridge, NJ. To register online, visit the program’s website. For more information about the other services and programs Tiny Tots Therapy, Inc. offers, check our website for the latest news.
Physical therapy (PT) has become an increasingly popular intervention for individuals with disabilities impacting motor function. For children, physical limitations can result from injuries and accidents, as well as from developmental delays and other conditions. As PT has become a more widely used treatment in recent years, there have been a number of advances in the delivery of PT interventions. Here are some of the ways PT has become better than ever before in improving patient outcomes.
Making it fun. From videogames to sensory gyms, physical therapists are now able to engage their patients in exciting and enjoyable ways. By making PT fun and stimulating, patients are more motivated to complete their prescribed routines. This is especially important for getting children excited about their therapy.
Getting app savvy. Smartphone apps make it easy for patients to keep track of their protocols and log their progress. In addition, many PT apps offer video glossaries to help patients remember how a particular exercise should be done.
Harnessing new inventions. The field of PT has benefited greatly from innovative equipment and technologies. Some recent inventions that are benefiting PT patient care are the Nintendo Wii Fit, which can be used for balance and strengthening exercises, as well as occupational and neurological rehabilitation, and the Ekso Suit, made of aluminum and titanium, that can train patients with partial paralysis to increase mobility.
These and other advances in physical therapy are allowing patients to heal at rates and levels never before seen. Physical therapy practitioners and patients should stay abreast of new inventions that can benefit their care.
Any parent knows that, when it comes to children, one size certainly doesn’t fit all. Yet, most classrooms, playgrounds, and other settings frequented by children tend to have the same basic setups, which tend not to be ideally suited to children with special needs. Sensory gyms are bright, colorful, exciting spaces that are uniquely tailored to the needs of children with sensory integration disorders and other developmental disabilities. However, all children can enjoy and benefit from a sensory gym environment.
With features like ball pits, rock walls, covered swings, and more, children are exposed to a variety of visual, tactile, and vestibular stimuli. Through purposeful play in the gym, children with sensory integration difficulties can learn to process sensory input in a supportive setting. Here are some of the major benefits a sensory gym has to offer children:
Exercise and physical activity. Getting kids to take a break from the iPad to get active can be a challenge. The exciting and unusual activities and equipment available at a sensory gym are sure to get children up and moving.
Muscle toning. For children with physical challenges, certain muscle groups may be underutilized. A physical or occupational therapist can employ a sensory gym in their treatment protocol to help children engage and strengthen those muscles.
Sensory integration. Whether children are averse to sensory input (hypersensitive) or constantly seeking it (hyposensitive), a sensory gym can help in developing appropriate responses to stimulation. Sensory integration achieved in a sensory gym can also translate into more appropriate responses at home, in the classroom, and in other settings.
Best of all, a sensory gym is a place where children can express their personalities, free of judgment, in an environment that is as unique as they are! Get in touch to learn more about ours.
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