The beginning of the year is the perfect time to record a snapshot in your child's life! It is the beginning of new school year in Australia and I know teachers and therapists are busy planning an exciting year ahead!
The printables I create at Your Kids OT are first and foremost for me and my own use! I'll be using this with my OT kids in the first sessions of the year. I like to share my printables with you so that you can use them too!
The 2018 "all about me" page is here with a colour and a black and white version! Miss 11 years suggested that kids would prefer a coloured version! I suggested that those conscious of the cost of ink cartridges may prefer a black and white version! lol
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Christmas is fast approaching! In Australia, the school year is almost at a close and there is talk about holidays and summer. Christmas is only about one month away! No, I can't believe it either!
I've created an activity sheet that would work well on the Christmas table with your kids! Therapists may like to use it their sessions or give it to their students as a holiday activity. There is plenty to do on the activity sheet including a find-a-word, gingerbread man search, colouring and drawing!
Your child can work on their visual perceptual skills as well as pencil control whilst having fun with this activity sheet! Simple subscribe to claim your FREE Christmas Activity Sheet! (Current subscribers will only be added once to the list)
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Cindy Chuan is a registered Occupational Therapist practising in Sydney Australia. She has two young children who are a constant source of inspiration and learning. Cindy loves working creatively to help children to reach their potential, finding opportunities in everyday living and making learning fun.
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Book Review: The Girl Who Thought in Pictures (The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin) by Julia Finley Mosca.
"Different, Not Less" Dr Temple Grandin.
Dr Temple Grandin is internationally recognized as a renown scientist and spokesperson about her own life as a person with autism. She seeks to help others to understand that people with autism may have differences which make them unique and special. Dr Grandin shares her own experiences so others can gain insight; demystifying what it means for someone to have autism, helping to remove preconceptions and prejudices.
"The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin" is a wonderful picture book written by Julia Finley Mosca and illustrated by Daniel Rieley. Presented as a children's book with rhyming couplets and engaging pictures, the book outlines Dr Grandin's life including her struggles in childhood (such as speech, regulating her emotions, social interactions with teachers and peers). The reader journeys with Dr Grandin as she discovers her own unique features and recognizes that she is "different, not less".
Whilst the book provides a simplified version of Dr Grandin's life, it provides an age-appropriate introduction to Autism for children to understand. It introduces concepts and themes about visualization (seeing in pictures), difficulties with communication and social skills, acceptance of support, facing adversity, accepting one's weaknesses and strengths, problem solving and learning from mistakes. All children will be able to relate to these themes.
We learn how Dr Grandin's perseverance and determination helped her to "march right through that door", leaving readers with a powerful message to embrace their unique characteristics and to stand tall when facing challenges or new experiences.
At the end of the book, there is a letter by Dr Grandin to the reader, some fun facts and a timeline of her life. These supplements help the adult reader to understand more about this incredible woman, providing more of the "back story" for those who may be reading about Dr Grandin for the first time.
TheWorld Health Organization (April, 2017) report that the prevalence for autism is now 1 in 160 children. This means that most children will know of a child who has autism; whether this is within their own family, their school environment or local community. Despite the prevalence of autism, there continues to be many prejudices and preconceived ideas about autism in our society. Books such as "The Girl Who Thought in Pictures" are important for educating both our children and society at large, introducing them to autism in a way that can be related to through the life of Dr Temple Grandin.
I highly recommend this book to families, therapists and schools. I have created a set ofprintable resources to accompany this book which includes writing prompts for a character study, story re-tell, an examination of the themes and a word find puzzle. These printables are FREE for a limited time (offer ends October, 2017), so download them today and buy the book!
Also available from our TPT store!
Have you read "The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Temple Grandin"? I would love to hear what you think of the book!
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MESS FREE? ✔
EASILY TRANSPORTED? ✔
FUN AND ENGAGING? ✔
MORE THAN ONE THERAPY GOAL? ✔
This activity ticks all the right boxes for a mobile occupational therapist!
Have you heard of Q-tip painting? (Q-tips are also called "cotton tips" in Australia and are usually found in the personal care section of a supermarket). Q-tip painting has been quite popular in the last few years with Q-tips used as paint brushes dipping into paint and making "spots" onto various printables available.
Last year, I put together my Q-tips and my ink pads... creating Q-tip stamping! It was a hit with my kids; providing the same fun engaging activity without the MESS!
This is why I love Q-tip stamping!
This is an activity that would well in a classroom, at home or in an OT session! You could shrink down the pages and turn them into a card or display the finished pictures!
Have you tried Q-tip STAMPING before?
Do you have other mess-free activities that you use in therapy sessions?
If you try this activity for yourself, I would love to see it! Tag #yourkidsot on Instagram or email me at email@example.com
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OT is fun!
OT is work!
OT can be frustrating!
OT is learning!
OT is rewarding!
Kids who participate in occupational therapy sessions may have a range of feelings. They may feel all of the above in one session!
Kids come to OT because they need help. They want or need to learn something (because sometimes mum, dad or a teacher want them to learn something)!
Learning can be tough especially when mistakes are involved.
I wanted to encourage the kids who see me for OT with some "learning rules"! I shared these on social media last week and had a great response!
These rules are so much more than "OT rules"! They are a learning contract between myself and the kids that I see. We will do these things together.
We will do our best.
We will be ready to learn.
We will be respectful to each other.
We will work hard.
We will try new things.
We will follow directions (or give them in a way that takes into account their learning style).
We will ask questions (including asking for help).
We will have FUN!
We will believe in ourselves.
We will make mistakes (because that's how we learn)!
These "learning" rules are suitable for the classroom, home, therapy clinic .... for learning in life!
We are all life long learners and these posters may motivate you as the teacher, therapist or parent!
I have now made these posters available in the Your Kids OT shop. OT rules remains a FREE printable. You can also obtain the classroom and generic learning versions in the shop.
What is your favourite "rule" for learning?? How do you motivate your kids to learn?
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Start 2017 with a FREE printable to document "All about Me" and "All about my Class". These sheets are perfect for the classroom or for an OT session. You could even do this at home.
The "All about Me" printable includes a place to draw a selfie, write your name, record your age, grade and teacher's name. You can also write in the colour of your hair and eyes as well as your favourite food, book and colour. There is a place to write what you like to play and who is in your home. Images may be coloured in and words decorated.
The "All about my Class" printable could be enlarged and used for the whole class. It could also be printed for each individual child to record the name of your class, school and teacher. You can count the number of boys and girls. Then figure out what colour hair and eyes each student has, recording this on the printable. Images may be coloured and words decorated.
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I know teachers and OTs are busy lesson planning during the school holidays for the school year ahead! So share this with your teacher and OT friends! Let me know if you use these in your classroom or OT clinic!
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The end of the school year is fast approaching here in Australia!
I'm winding up my OT practice next week but still want to make my OT sessions goal directed!
I gave my followers on Instagram and FB a sneak peek at my "box writing" Christmas printable and have now made this printable available!
BUT that's not all, I have bundled this into a pack of 5 to suit a range or ages and goals!
In this pack you will get:
These printables would also be great for classrooms as well!
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I always love to hear from you if you do use my printables so don't forget to tag @yourkidsot or #yourkidsot!
Are you finishing up for the year? What are your favourite Christmas printables?
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Hi, I'm Cindy and I am an Occupational Therapist. I enjoy working creatively with children to see them reach their potential. Read more about me here.
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