Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Is It Really Important to Know How to Use Scissors???

Well, yes, it is.  A very functional skill even in current times.

This high schooler in a program for students with autism is preparing laminated flashcards for math:


A couple of weekends ago I cut apart 40 paper hearts, to use as "We'll miss you" notes for a wonderful Weight Watchers leader who led our group for a long time.  At least a couple of times a week I cut around a rectangular comic strip to post it on my refrig or share a laugh with a friend.  Scissors are here to stay. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SnapType app

One of our super-smart OTs sent this e-mail to the group today:



More app fun!




If anyone is in need of an app that allows students to type on class worksheets, you might want to check out SnapType (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/snaptype-for-occupational/id866842989?mt=8).



You take a picture of the worksheet with your ipad, crop it as needed, & then have the student type on the worksheet right on the ipad. To print the student's work, just send a PDF copy to yourself via email (in the app).



I have found it particularly helpful for some of my students who have trouble with the larger laptop keyboard (a lot of the hunt & peck typers), & those who have trouble visually tracking when trying to type on a traditional computer/laptop.



It is free. If you want to save more than 3 files then you will need to pay $2.99 to upgrade.  


Thanks L.S.!

Heavy Work Activities

Just in time for summer programs--choose some good ones for your students and share with families:

http://mamaot.com/2015/04/07/40-heavy-work-activities-kids/#comment-830271

http://theinspiredtreehouse.com/chores-for-kids-developmental-skills/#_a5y_p=3697486

Friday, May 15, 2015

GoNoodle

Yesterday, a high school teacher for students with autism showed me this website: 

https://www.gonoodle.com/

She uses it with her students as a morning warm-up and also for transition times or when the students need an active diversion from the tension building up in the classroom.  This morning I shared it at my other high school and the teacher immediately presented a few of the videos to her students.

Here's a teacher testimonial from the site:

http://blog.gonoodle.com/2015/05/how-gonoodle-inspired-a-health-journey/

Since this is a report-writing, documentation type of afternoon I just may sneak off into someone's empty classroom/office and jump around with one of the dance videos myself...