The ability to attend to tasks is an important element of learning in the school. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention-Deficit Hyperactive Disorder ADHD) often manifest attentional difficulties. Changing the learning environment has been proposed as a
I tried telehealth for my own medical care for the first time last month, and was glad to learn it did help, albeit in a different way than if I visited a doctor. There were kinks, including connectivity issues
My main goal as a presenter is to provide the audience with practical applications of research findings. Every year, more and more research articles are published that can enrich our practice. However, there remains a gap between the evidence presented
Happy New Year to all SeekFreaks! This new year I have decided to embark on a new challenge; a new opportunity to learn and share newly-found and newly-consolidated knowledge and skills (apologies for using the word ‘new’ 6 times
Although we often talk about functional tests here at SeekFreaks, it is also important to look at impairment level tests. Results of such tests can often help identify the cause of activity limitations and participation restrictions (see Recognizing ICF
This week, we have our much-awaited list of 10 Handiest American Occupational Therapy Association fact sheets. Just like the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, AOTA has done a lot of work creating resources that
Positive feedback improves performance! As we discussed in Motoropoly – 1, feedback has both instructional and motivational effects. However, as therapists, we quickly revert to our ever-reliable “Good job!” every time our patient, young or old, completes an assigned
Over the past week, SeekFreaks worked with Emmanuel Madieu, a psychometricien from Montpellier, France to translate our Top 10 Lessons from EACD’s Guideline for DCD infographic. We hope many French-speaking SeekFreaks will find it useful.
Are you thinking of creating a resource to help families navigate the IEP process and whether their child needs school-based therapy? Need a topic and a handout for an in-service training you were asked to conduct with teachers and
Happy back-to-school to you and your students!
As the school year starts, OTs, PTs and SLPs can utilize their expertise to collaborate with teachers in designing a classroom environment that promotes learning and that addresses the need of every
About a month ago, I was contacted by Dr. Vanesa Abuin, a SeekFreak from Madrid. Dr. Abuin is a PT and researcher from Grupo de Investigación en Dolor Musculoesquelético y Control Motor, Universidad Europea. SeekFreaks has reached Spain, and
Whether this is your first job after graduation, or you are an experienced therapist who is just now entering school-based practice, you are about to step into a new territory.
Welcome to school-based practice and to SeekFreaks! Allow us to
Just like balance tests and tests for wheelchair operation, there are multiple walking tests, each measuring specific aspects of functional mobility. When selecting tests, we encourage PTs to utilize the concepts below which were discussed in more detail in an
Imagine somebody tied both of your hands behind your back and asked you to provide therapeutic interventions. Can you still effect change? Are you still an occupational therapist or a physical therapist? While this study tried to answer the
The clinical practice guideline for developmental coordination disorder (DCD) created by the European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD) has been helpful in synthesizing research on DCD from diagnosis to interventions. Reading it, however, takes a lot of grit. We thought
On May 22, 2001, the World Health Assembly approved the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). It was a significant move in the right direction from the previous ICD model. Finally, the focus is on an individual’s
We are now in the last few sections of our Motoropoly board. Whereas the first 3 articles focused on the therapist’s action and designing the task, this 4th article covers what children can do to enhance their own learning.
We return to complete 3 more squares on our Motoropoly board. So far, we have tackled 6 motor learning principles: verbal instructions, demonstrations, feedback, task specificity, reducing difficulty, and practice variability. If you missed them, do read them first
We return this week with our discussion of motor learning principles for school-based therapists. Whereas Motoropoly – Part 1 focused on the actions of the therapist (providing instructions, demonstrations and feedback), Parts 2 and 3 will discuss how to
Motor Learning: A Very Brief Introduction
Motor learning is defined as “permanent changes in motor skills achieved with practice or experience, that can be retained, transferred, and/or generalized to new learning situations” (Schmidt, 2005, cited in Levac, et al,
Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common childhood motor disability. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports prevalence between 1.5-4 per 1,000 children worldwide, and between 3.1-3.6 per 1,000 children in the United States.