Welcome to the American Occupational Therapy Association's Checking the Pulse blog. Written by Stephanie Yamkovenko, AOTA's digital editor.
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Do you think kids are more aggressive these days? An OT wrote an article in the Washington Post about how it could be due to children not doing enough heavy work activities like outdoor chores or active play.
Angela Hanscom says in the article that without heavy work, children don’t have the opportunities to develop and fine-tune the senses in their joints and muscles making it difficult to regulate how much force they use when pushing and pulling. This can lead to children hitting with too much force when playing a game of tag, for example. Read more.
Occupational therapy practitioners can help rectify the problem by sharing heavy work activities with clients and their families. We rounded up a few blog posts from OT bloggers that can be a good place to start:
What are your favorite heavy work activities for children? Tell us about them in the comments.
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These are great resources for activity ideas! Does anyone have advice on good outcome measures for these kids? I'd love any information you have on standardized evaluation tools you like to use as well as strategies for writing truly functional AND measureable goals.