Hello there OT practitioners! Calling all interested OTs/OTAs/ students in OT/OTA programs and OT professors/instructors to join a great Facebook group that is growing astronomically every day (over 1,000 members). I am a co-administrator and it is a great place to share your favorite apps or ask questions of your peers. As it is an international group we are asking folks to identify if US and to add hashtags for searching purposes such as #peds #adults #handwriting #visualperceptual, etc. Thanks and share the word!
Fun Switch and Low Tech Activities! – Go-To-For-OT Blog
Some of my favorite low tech ideas and resources from a blog I wrote as a contributor on the Go To For OT blog.
Update February 2018: This Handwriting/Writing AT Survey is Still Active: Calling all OT, AT, special educators and other professionals working with children and adults with writing limitations:
Could you please take and share a quick 10 question (multiple choice) survey for an upcoming presentation I’m performing regarding the use of handwriting/writing assistive technology supports? It’d be greatly appreciated.
Molly Shannon, MS, OTR/L, ATP
This amazing guide was updated last November. I can’t say enough how wonderful a resource this is. I first heard Daniel Cochrane and Kelly Key speak at ATIA and was very impressed.
Repost of a blog I wrote about low tech ideas for use with the classic AT product the Powerlink. Check it out! AT UPCYCLING: 10 Fun Ways to Upcycle Those Powerlinks! – Go-To-For-OT Blog
Here is a quick listing of some great apps and resources for cursive handwriting apps. Please share any apps that you prefer that are not included.
Cursive Writing Wizard by L’Escapadou
LetterSchool Cursive & Normal (Full English versions) by Letterschool Enabling Learning B.V.
Write On Handwriting System: Cursive system and app
What If Children Should Be Spending More Time With Screens? – By Christopher Mims of The Washington Post
A must read! Lots of key points about passive vs active learning, opportunities for extraordinary learning and balance. Interesting that the title of the actual newspaper article was “Not All Screen Time is Equal” versus the title seen in social media on Twitter which was the more invocative “What if Children Should Be Spending More Time With Screens?” Obviously a lot of negative comments with that tweet as written.
I truly have followed the concepts noted in this article my whole life with my children, grandchildren, and my students with disabilities. Always encouraging educational and creative aspects with use of technology as well as working on self-esteem, social interaction, and independence.
The old adage of our grandparents rings ever true today with regards to technology “Everything in moderation.”