Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Free Visual Perceptual Worksheets!!!

Kids use visual perceptual skills to understand what they see in the environment.  Visual perception is needed for writing, reading, and copying from the board.  There are many different ways to work on visual perceptual skills.  Visual perceptual worksheets can be fun way for kids to improve visual perception.  As a special thank you to my readers, I am providing these free visual perceptual worksheets! 

For free visual perceptual worksheets, click on the following links:

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Research Reveals that Gardening Improves Attention Span for Kids with ADHD!

A study from the University of Illinois revealed that green surroundings allow children with ADHD to better able concentrate, pay attention, and improve overall functioning. Of course, we’ve all know how important physical activity is, and planting/gardening is a true multi-sensory experience!
Soda Bottle Planter: A Therapeutic Activity
Materials:        Plastic soda bottle                   Elmer’s Glue
                        Scissors                                   Paintbrush
                        Paint (acrylic)                          Sharpie
                        Potting Soil                             Picture(s)
                        Plant                                        Large spoon or spade

1.     Remove plastic label from bottle with scissors.
2.     Rinse empty soda bottle with soap and water and allow to dry.
3.     Measure about 4-5 inches from the bottom of the bottle all the way around and make a line with the Sharpie.
4.     Use scissors to poke a hole into the bottle on the line you just made.
5.     Cut on line to remove the top of the bottle.
6.     Use scissors to poke several holes in the bottom of the bottle to allow water drainage.
7.     Use paintbrush and paint color of your choice and allow to dry.
8.     Apply glue to back of picture(s) and adhere to side of bottle.
9.     Scoop soil into bottle, leaving about 1 inch from the top.
10.  Dig a small hole in soil and insert plant.
11.  Pack soil and add additional soil as necessary.
12.  Place in a sunny spot and enjoy! (and remember to water when needed, per instructions!) 
Optional Twists:
·    Use scissors with decorative edges to create a pattern at the top of the bottle or around pictures
·    Use top of bottle as a funnel for scooping the soil
·    Paint a cheap dollar store plate to use as a saucer to catch drainage from watering or soil that leaks
·    Use different sizes of plastic bottles to make smaller or larger planters
·    Plant seeds to watch them develop and grow
 The project above was completed by one of our Master's of Occupational Therapy students at 
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and posted with permission.