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Ice cream popper

6 Jan

Remember these?! I had one when I was a kid! Takes a lot of strength to press the release. Great toy!

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Toy Tuesday: Scaterpillar Scramble

20 Nov

For this week’s Toy Tuesday, I am reblogging a fabulous game and idea from my friend at Starfish Therapy. Absolutely love this game, thanks for letting me share it! Need to purchase. ASAP. Enjoy!

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I just discovered a new game, thanks to one of our OT’s.  It’s Scaterpillar Scramble by Hasbro.  Of course looking at it with a PT mindset, I love it because it has lots of marbles that a kiddo can try to use which means lots of repetitions of any activity I want them to do because of course after each repetition they get to put a marble on the caterpillars hand!  The OT side of our office love it for different reasons.

They love that the tweezers/tongs let kids work on the mechanics of a tripod grasp. It is a pretty light tweezer/tong so if you are looking to work on strengthening you may need to pick up a separate one elsewhere.  It also requires precision and fine motor control.  When kids are working on control its amazing how many of them (and adults too) have increased shakiness in…

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Hot Topic: The State of Testing

18 Nov

Hello readers! This past week at work, our director provided us with some facts about testing in the public schools. This is a hot topic because, we need a standard way to measure knowledge and skills, but have we gone too far as to let testing determine the means of education? Are we teaching our kids how to pass a test, or are we teaching them the skills they will need to be successful, tax paying, citizens of our country in order to advance our countries’ economics and overall knowledge base? Or, are we doing a good job of simply testing the skills we are responsible for teaching?

Let’s start with some definitions…
DEFINITIONS:
Standardized test: a test that is administered and scored in a consistent, or “standard”, manner.
STAAR Tests: State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, are a series of state-mandated standardized tests used in Texas public primary and secondary schools to assess a student’s achievements and knowledge learned in the grade level. It tests curriculum taught from the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, which in turn is taught by public schools. The test is developed by Pearson Education every school year, along with the close supervision of the Texas Education Agency.
(Definitions retrieved from wikipedia)

FACTS:
Schools who receive funds from the state of Texas are required to enforce these tests among students who attend the schools. Any private school, charter school, or homeschooling that does not receive monetary support from Texas is not required to take the STAAR test.

To date, 866 districts representing more than 4.4 million students have adopted the resolution. That accounts for 84 percent of Texas school districts and 91 percent of all Texas public school students.

School districts will have some form of state standardized testing for 40 days of the school year. That does not include days for the PSAT test, NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) or multiple tests for some special education or ESL students.

STAAR more than triples the exit-level test load for high school students. TAKS required 4 exit-level tests, STAAR requires 15.

Schools must test our children in multiple subjects every year starting in 3rd grade and continuing through 11th grade.

English III and Algebra II exams must be passed with a “Level II: Satisfactory Performance” in order for students to graduate with the Recommended Graduation Plan, which is required for admission into any Texas state 4-year college or university. A “Minimum Graduation Plan” does not quality for admission into a Texas 4-year institution.

Texas taxpayers are paying Pearson testing company $470 million for the STAAR test.

(Source: http://www.tamsatx.org)

CONCLUSIONS
For you to decide. We need a standardized method of evaluation. We need accountability that education is preparing our nations youth for success. We need students to graduate high school and attend some form of higher education, whether it be college or trade school. We need family support for each child to spend time with them at home helping them with their school work, teaching them life concepts, and equipping them with pre-testing strategies (good rest, good breakfast, etc.). We need teachers to have the ability to teach knowledge and skills in addition to prepare students for testing, not only one or the other. We need to not loose site of brain development and the importance of physical input, exercise, developmental milestones, cognitive development, social development, and so on. Education comes with testing, but is testing all there is to education?

Be blessed!
Amy

Why a blog?

9 Sep

Little Hands Love Big was inspired by all of the small hands I’ve worked with over the past few years. These little hands sure do know how to love BIG, smile BIG, and care BIG. I really felt this over the past month as my husband and I relocated, and therefore I had to leave my job. I felt so loved, appreciated, and cared for as I told the families and children I had been working with that I was going to be leaving. Along with a mixture of emotions from leaving, I had to let go of the goals I had envisioned in my head of where I would take these kiddos through their treatment plans during their therapy sessions. I had always known, but taken for granted just how much I loved working with them each week. I enjoyed watching them grow, get stronger, and learn to do things they couldn’t do before. I had grown to love those kids and their families. It was so tough to leave. I now work for new families and kiddos, and I know over time, I will grow to love them too. I’ve always known it is part of my job description. I’ve always known how tough it is to leave. But, when it comes down to it, I never really leave these families, and they never really leave me. I learned so much from each child and parent I worked with. I have so many memories of funny things they said, tough things we overcame together, and “first time” moments such as tying their shoes, writing their name, or taking a bite of a food (not just any food, a food that once made them gag)! I already feel as if I could write a book. I will share my stories, overtime, of course with different names to protect their identity, because, I have some good ones. I will also share ideas I use during my treatment sessions, great ways to incorporate activities into home life, research on the latest treatment techniques, and other things I find that are worth sharing. Hope you enjoy! 🙂

In honor of moving to a new town, and getting a job at a new facility, with new co-workers, and new kiddos… a classic…

http://www.photohype.com/DrSeuss.htm

And, in honor of little hands who love big, I want to share this awesome book with you…

Go beyond “A is for Apple” with an alphabet book that builds character. As children learn and review their ABCs, they discover positive actions they can perform with their own small hands—like applauding, building, giving gifts made with love, helping, planting, recycling, and volunteering. These are simple things even toddlers can do for themselves and others. The message throughout is that everyone, no matter how young or how small, can make a difference in the lives of those around them. The book ends with big hands clapping. A warm, affirming book for the home, childcare, or preschool.

(From http://www.adamsliterary.com/clients/paratore/26bigthings/26bigthings.html)

 

 

Be blessed!

Amy

Impacting Little Hands Who Love BIG

9 Sep

Hi there! My name is Amy and I have been a pediatric occupational therapist for almost 2 years. I started this blog because I love to share and gather treatment ideas through the blogging world. Now I have a place of my own to add ideas, share links I love, and collect a repertoire of wonderful ideas to look back at. Please follow me! Feel free to comment on things you want to see more of!

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Hello world!

9 Sep

Welcome to WordPress.com! This is your very first post. Click the Edit link to modify or delete it, or start a new post. If you like, use this post to tell readers why you started this blog and what you plan to do with it.

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