Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Farah Sabra, an Occupational Therapist from
She very much enjoyed her experience and provided the following information:
“The Occupational Therapy department at King Saud bin
The conference targeted a variety of audiences such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, orthotics, prosthetics, vocational therapists and physicians.
13 international Occupational Therapists form
The following topics were covered:
Additional workshops on Hand Therapy and Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) were held on the 8th of April.
It is worth mentioning that the fun part wasn’t omitted from the conference’s schedule. The organizers made sure to generously arrange a few outings to interesting places which was a nice opportunity to be introduced to the Saudi Arabian culture.”
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Sunday, April 4, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Well, the conference is over and I presented the two OT workshops: "FAQ: Handwriting" & "Fun and Functional: Card Games." We had a nice mix of participants; parents, teachers, a physical therapist, speech therapist and psychologists who attended the workshops. The feedback from participants was positive and I hope they can apply what they have learned with their own children and/or students they are working with.
The handwriting workshop was a question and answer format covering frequently asked questions, such as "What is a good handwriting program to be used in school?" to "Why does my student use upper case letters in the middle of words?"
Participants were enthusiastic to participate in the raffle and possibly win the Handwriting Without Tears Writing Program, as well as, Callirobics Writing to Music and other writing supplies, such as the Pre-writing Fun Deck, Fine Motor Fun Deck, Pencil Fidgets, Writing Activity Guides, Wikki Stix, and Farm Sticks.
The card game workshop discussed how to analyze and grade activities to suit a child's needs. Participants enjoyed playing various commercial and non-commercial card games. Participants played with the various donated card games, such as 7ate9, Circles, Giant Spoons, Go Fish, Rummy, Jumbo Cards, Grab a Pig and others...
As participants played the card games, the skills needed to play the games were discussed, such as, but not limited to: reading comprehension, auditory comprehension, divided attention, planning skills, problem solving skills, turn taking, visual motor skills, finger dexterity, and bilateral coordination.
Psychologists were interested in some of the donated products, such as The New Social Stories Book: Illustrated Version, Emotional Bingo for Children, and One of A Kind: A Self Esteem Card Game.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Perhaps there is a computer virus or glitch with Blogger, I do not know; however, an old blog posting from February 20, 2009 was somehow resent to blog subscribers!
Ironically, it is a posting about LAST years annual educational conference!
So, just to clarify....the recent email for the conference "Road Map to Positive Behavior" March 19-21, 2009 was LAST years conference.
This years conference Learning Difficulties: Creating a Positive Future is March 25-27th, 2010.
Thanks and sorry for any confusion!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Well, I have had a good response from various companies regarding donating products to be used in my OT workshops and also to be raffled at the ADVANCE Society's 10th Annual Educational Conference March 25-27th.
Almost 75% of the companies I contacted were willing to donate the items I requested and at least the others responded with an email saying "due to economic situations they were not participating in donations this year." Most responded, though, which was a pleasant surprise...
I only contacted companies that I am happy to promote as I have successfully used products from them in the past for OT sessions...
So far, I have received enough items to fill 5 baskets with a value ranging from $100-$175 (550LE-965LE) per basket. However, some companies are still sending me products, so the number of baskets and the items in each basket are not final!
2. http://www.otb-games.com/: Out of the Box Publishing: Donated several games, such as Super Circles, My Word, Rock, 7Ate9, Run Wild, Word on the Street, and Backseat Drawing Junior. The card games will be used in my workshop, as well as, being available for the raffle. I have used many of the games from this company and the children love them!
3. http://www.superduperinc.com/: Super Duper Publications: Donated some great activity kits that use cards, such as the Fine Motor Fun Deck, Move Your Body Fun Deck and the Pre-Writing Fun Deck.
4. http://www.callirobics.com/: Callirobics donated a set of their handwriting to music programs; Learning Letters to Music, Basics Shapes to Music for Developing Pre-Writing Skills, and Pre-writing Skills to Music for 4-7 year olds. Each handwriting booklet comes with a CD of music. I have used these in therapy and children who enjoy music love the worksheets.
5. http://store.schoolspecialtyonline.net : Abilitations donated several writing products, such as the Pencil Fidgets, Squiggle Wiggle Writer, Space Paper and Writing Guides.
6. http://sensorytools.net/: Sensory Tools donated several copy of these 4 CD's; Say G'Day, Jump Jelly Beans, Cool Bananas and It's Circle Time. A direct link to these CD's is:http://shop.sensorytools.net/as_compact-discs I have often used these music CD's and children love the music and songs!
8. http://funandfunction.com/ : Fun and Function donated several fine motor products, such as Farm Sticks, Wikki Stix Alphabet Cards, Fine Motor Book and a Hand Card Holder. Children love using the Farm sticks to pick up small fun items!
11. http://www.paltoys.com/Home.html They donated several copies of the Bright & Beyond: Activity Idea Cards. Easy to use activity cards with vivid pictures and simple instructions!
Winners will be selected and announced March 27th at the conference.
THANKS to all companies that donated these products and thanks in advance to people who purchase the tickets!