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The OT iTool Kit resource – review of apps and resources for OT's working with children and adults.

The OT iTool Kit resource – review of apps and resources for OT's working with children and adults.
In an article, Just RELAX!? Using Technology for Self Regulation for Students with Autism (Lewis Stokes, 2014), autism consultant, Susan Lewis Stokes shares technology for self-regulation for students with autism. Self-regulation of emotions is defined as the ability to calm yourself down when you’re upset and cheer yourself up when you’re down (Stosny, 2011). Here are a few apps and resources shared by Susan Lewis Stokes in her article and as curated by OT’s with Apps in the past. Apps reviewed are suited to primary aged children and are only a few of the many apps available: My First Yoga -Animal Poses for Kids (free) for iPhone / iPad provides a series of animal yoga poses for children to improve focus, balance and concentration.

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Intriguing Apps for Learning Using mobile technology like tablets, e-readers, and cell phones to extend education is a great way to get children learning on the go. There are so many apps to choose from that sometimes it makes the task of looking for good apps for children a bit daunting. Here are a few intriguing apps, educational, interactive, apps that will engage your children in active learning. Smash Your Food Smash Your Food is a nutrition education app. It is one of the most engaging ways that I have seen to get kids actively learning about nutrition and how what they eat affects their body.

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Comparing OCR Scanning Apps – ZoomReader, Prizmo and TextGrabber What’s the difference in accuracy and features of ZoomReader, Prizmo and TextGrabber OCR scanning apps for clients with a print disability? A few great questions from comments of readers inquired about the difference between OCR scanning apps mentioned in a prior post that are used to convert images to text for individuals with disabilities. So, I decided to do an informal comparison of the apps mentioned to determine the accuracy of the apps ability to perform OCR scans of images using with three apps typically mentioned or reviewed for individuals challenged with accessing text (e.g. low vision or print disabled). Here is what I found in this informal research comparison:

Causes and Treatment of Poor Fine Motor Control « OT Activity Ideas The primary cause of fine motor control problems is a lack or over abundance in muscle mass. A child having high muscle tone may make mistakes based on the over activation of muscles, resulting in activities being sloppy or even clumsy in nature. A child having low muscle tone is quite common; a child with low muscle tone may struggle to maintain even the smallest control of a pencil or even scissors. Small feats like finger movement may prove to be an extreme effort for a child with low muscle tone. It can be said that genetic and environmental factors can lead to fine motor skill problems.

The Often Forgotten Exercises: Isometric Training Isometric training is a proven exercise method that will help to build and maintain strength, and may be ideal for a police officer in need of a fitness regimen. Isometric training includes strength training exercises that can be performed almost anywhere and while an officer is still in uniform, making them perfect for people who cannot change into workout clothes. Also, isometric training can be used as the primary strength exercises or added to a standard dynamic lifting program to boost its effectiveness. Listed here are a few basic exercises to start with in developing the upper body and legs, but there are many more which could also be incorporated.

5 Top Sites To Download Free Kids Music That You’ll Love If you’ve got kids, you’ve no doubt thought about how you might be able to increase the size of their music collection for free. I mean, who wants to listen to the same CD of nursery rhymes over and over again, right? So in order to keep your sanity while your kids listen to their favourite songs, the best trick is to have more of them – and the higher quality you can manage to find the better. Thankfully, the Internet is full of free music and fun things for kids.

50 really useful iPad 2 tips and tricks An absolute gem of an article by John Brandon and Graham Barlow from MacLife on 30th March over at TechRadar. This is going to become my iPad manual from here on in. Customised iPads for all iPad 2 tips and original iPad tips - get 'em here! With great new features like two video cameras, a faster processor and a thinner design, the iPad 2 is the world's best tablet device. iPad 2 review 50 Best iPad Apps for Reading Disabilities Whether you're the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you're undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability. While there are numerous technologies out there that can help, perhaps one of the richest is the iPad, which offers dozens of applications designed to meet the needs of learning disabled kids and beginning readers alike. Here, we highlight just a few of the amazing apps out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see school as a fun, engaging activity, not a struggle.

Occupational Therapy Help to Restore Independence in Patients I wish there isn’t anyone left helpless at the mercy of others to perform his/her everyday tasks. Yet, almost every other household has a loved one struggling to complete everyday chores by himself/herself, it may be due to old age or a condition developed by metal or physical dysfunctions but it is an obstacle that many people the world over are struggling to overcome, both at home and at work. Occupational therapy however shows a ray of light for such individuals who have been searching for a way to become independent. Teaching Autism Students in Inclusive Classrooms Teaching Autism Students in Inclusive Classrooms Are we teaching autism students effectively in inclusive classrooms so that they are able to benefit from their educational programs? The information, research and articles below offer teachers practical tips and strategies on how to teach students with autism in inclusive classrooms.