Tag Archives: occupational therapy

Free Handwriting Printables to go with Bob Books – Set 1, Book 5 – Dot and Mit

As promised in my post, here is some handwriting practice to go along with the flash cards for Dot and Mit.

Dot and Mit - Collection 1, Book 5 Text Flash Cards With Orange Text

Dot and Mit – Collection 1, Book 5 Text Flash Cards With Orange Text

I admit it, this wasn’t hard.  I just changed the ink on the flashcards from black to orange.  Have your child write his letters with pencil over the orange ink.  This strategy for handwriting is often doable even when the typical trace the dotted line is not.  Give it a try, and let me know how it turns out.  By the time we’re done with Dot and Mit, our kids will know every word in that book, inside and out.  🙂

Arnold-Chiari Malformation Interpreted by a Physical Therapist

Meet my fabulous blogging buddy, Sweta at www.ardentpt.com.  She’s a physical therapist with a grasp of the technical aspects and research behind many conditions that physical therapists address in their day-to-day practice.  Sweta is Indian but translates all her work into English for us pale-faces.

She did me a huge favor and researched and blogged an article called Arnold-Chiairi Malformation – A Systemic Review of Research in ACM (type 1).    You can read it here:  http://ardentpt.com/2012/12/19/arnold-chiari-malformation-a-systemic-review-of-research-in-acm-type-1/

Her post has lots of visuals (drawings and MRIs) – and you know how I LOVE visuals!!!

For those of you who are familiar with my history, you know my son had Chiari decompression surgery in August and is currently receiving occupational therapy.  I’m considering getting Andres into physical therapy in January – we’ll see.

Sweta will be following up this post with more research concerning surgery and rehabilitation, and I’ll share a link as soon as I receive it.

J is for Jug

I’m still catching up from last week when we had fun with Js.







Our bingo dauber J art from http://www.dltk-teach.com/t.asp?b=m&t=http://www.dltk-teach.com/alphabuddies/daubers/b-j.gif.  I’ve seen Noah progress so much on this activity.  A few months ago when we started doing these, I had to do a lot of hand-over-hand assistance with him, and he often missed the circles or applied so much pressure the ink pooled.  Now he is doing these totally independently and is getting every dot in progression.  This fine motor activity is setting the tracks for writing, and I’m making sure to have him begin each letter where he would if he were writing it.  It is so empowering to know that we don’t have to rely on occupational therapy appointments to address some of his special needs.  There really is so much we can do at home!!!