Category Archives: Handouts

Resource for Parents by Occupational Therapists

Here are two websites where you can download information sheets and handouts:

The Play and Early Learning Handouts have been developed by Developmental Occupational Therapy (WA) Inc., an organisation that provides support to occupational therapists who work with children within Western Australia.

1. Playing with Your Child (pdf)
2. Promoting Positive Behaviour (pdf)
3. Teaching a New Skill (pdf)
4. Getting Ready to Learn (Heavy Work Activities) (pdf)

Early Learning
5. Activities to Develop Cause and Effect (pdf)
6. Time for Books (pdf)
7. Book Sharing (pdf)
8. Helping Your Child Concentrate (pdf)
9. Learning About Colours (pdf)
10. Learning Body Parts (pdf)
11. Learning Through Copying (pdf)
12. Learning to Count (pdf)
13. Learning to Problem Solve (pdf)

14. Active Play (pdf)
15. Learning to Ride a Bike (pdf)
16. Babies Learn Through Exploratory Play (pdf)
17. Construction Play (pdf)
18. Functional Play (pdf)
19. Fun with Boxes (pdf)
20. Fun with Plastic Containers (pdf)
21. Nature Play (pdf)
22. Pretend Play (pdf)
23. Sensory Play (pdf)

Bilateral Hand Skills
24. Using Hands Together (pdf)
25. Hands Doing Different Tasks (pdf)
26. Reaching Across the Body (pdf)

Fine Motor
27. Manipulation Activities (pdf)
28. Using a Pinching (Pincer) Grasp (pdf)
29. Using the Pointer Finger (pdf)

Pencil Skills
30. Learning to Hold a Pencil (pdf)
31. Learning to Write (pdf)
32. Drawing and Writing in Everyday Activities (pdf)
33. Drawing and Writing Fun (pdf)
34. Tips for Writing (pdf)
35. Tips for Colouring In (pdf)

Scissor Skills
36. Learning to Cut (pdf)
37. Tips for Cutting (pdf)

Upper Limb Strength
38. Activities for Hand Strength (pdf)
39. Playdough Activities for Hand Strength (pdf)
40. Activities for Upper Body Strength (pdf)

Kids health information package developed by occupational therapists primarily working at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Developing a pencil grip
Hand preference
Prewriting skills
Pencil pressure
In-hand manipulation
Low muscle tone
Shoulder stability and control
Activity ideas to develop arm co-ordination, strength and endurance
Hand and finger strength
Hand and finger strength – Adolescents
Playdough and exercise putty
Encouraging young babies to use their hands
Encouraging older babies to use their hands
Encouraging toddlers to use two hands
Encouraging preschool children to use two hands
Encouraging school children to use two hands
Pressure garments
Scar management
Hand exercises
Thumb exercises
Finger exercises
Finger stretches
FDP tenolysis exercises
FDS tenolysis exercises
Supination exercises

Thank you Leah E. for sharing.

Babies Learn to Talk at an Amazing Rate

Here is a one page handout by the FIRST WORDS Project delineating language and communication milestones from 9 to 24 months of age in 3 month intervals. It was designed it to be given to parents and childcare and healthcare providers.

Babies Learn to Talk at an Amazing RateClick on the image to download

What is FIRST WORDS Project? It is a model early identification and intervention program based in the Department of Communication Disorders at Florida State University. This is one project worth emulating.

Nonetheless, going through their website would already give us a myriad of information on why early identification of communication delays is so important.

A child’s level of communication development may be the best indicator of a developmental delay.


Accommodations for Students with Learning Disability

October is Learning Disabilities Month in the US and Canada. As we have featured the LD Basics and LD Quizzes, this post provides you with a list of articles featuring accomodations for students with LD.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (2006) defines accomodations as …

… alterations in the way tasks are presented that allow children with learning disabilities to complete the same assignments as other students. Accommodations do not alter the content of assignments, do not give students an unfair advantage or in the case of assessments, do not change what a test measures. They do make it possible for students with LD to show what they know without being impeded by their disability.