Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blue Waves of Painters Tape

It's going to take much more than painters tape to keep this kiddo cutting along the road.

Her difficulties with spatial relations, wrist extension and forearm supination make cutting short lines on thick paper quite a challenge.

This was a very good attempt, much better than her work last week.


At first the painters tape prevented her from veering off "the road."  Once she learned that her scissors could cut the tape, all bets were off.

Yes, that really is my attempt to draw Darth Vader, whom she loves.

Note on the bottom of the paper that I recorded how many times she successfully picked up her scissors in the correct orientation, with no verbal or physical prompts from me.
Easy data collection!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

497 to go

If my math skills bear me up, there are only 497 pageviews left to go until this humble OT blog reaches the quarter-million mark.

Is it okay to have some chocolate when that happens???

Perfect Fidget Toy for OTs at Work

Finally made myself veer off course on the drive between schools and spent my rare lunch break looking for the perfect fidget toy for students and us OTs...

Kinetic Sand! (I ended up buying Sands Alive! at 5-Below because the quantity was greater than the other brands.)  It feels soooo soft and doesn't make a mess.  I originally learned about it last year when one of my 3rd graders quietly played with it in her general education class to keep herself calm during tests/quizzes.  Her smart mom had seen it at Brookstone and sent in a small portion in a little plastic container.

Back in the office this afternoon I sent a quick message to one of my OT buddies, who has small kiddos at home:



We OTs don't need much to brighten our days.

Thx, Fiona, for the inspiration for this post!  All about Fiona, my work buddy:

Friday, November 14, 2014

Gel Pens for Lefties

A case manager at a nearby private school for students with disabilities recommended this brand/style of pen for lefties:  energel-deluxe-gel-pen

Not sure if she preferred a specific tip thickness, but I'd probably go with the bold tip for younger students who are still writing on wide-line paper or even wider than that.

Will be on the lookout for this brand and style next time I'm cruising the stationery aisle, which happens to be my favorite section in most stores.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

New Thoughts about Organizing

My friends know that one of my weaknesses is anything new under the sun that comes out in print about organizing.  When I work with students on becoming more independent in organizing their materials, desks and backpacks they look at me like I'm a crazy woman, especially when I have them follow the steps in a flip-book we create of photos of their own desk as they work through the organizing process.

So, this article is pure "eye candy" and "creative fuel" for nuts like me:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/23/garden/home-organization-advice-from-marie-kondo.html

Think there will be lots of applications to helping students and friends at school and at home.

The last sentence is my favorite one of the article.  Sadly, I can't throw every scrap of paper away--at work or at home--but I can toss out quite a bit more than I have so far.

Friday, November 7, 2014

LiveBinders

Another blog post on ScoutieGirl.com by one of my technology colleagues, Barbara:

http://www.scoutiegirl.com/bind-it-with-livebinders/#comment-54341

If you need some digital organization in your life and you don't mind looking at a computer screen to achieve it, you might try her suggestions.  She's a wonderful writer and is loving writing for a larger audience via this Richmond-based blogging team, I hear.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Listening to Birdies Singing

One of my colleagues, who is a teacher for students with visual impairments, took this bird song/call quiz with one of her middle school students. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dedfpN1fZnI&list=TLr1qLLxvv6Ew

Her student LOVED it.

My friend explained that many people with visual impairments are attracted to bird "watching" since they often have well-tuned auditory skills which allow them to locate and identify birds.  Since I have such difficulty visually locating the birds I hear maybe I should hone my auditory discrimination skills and learn their calls/songs.