Trunk Control Measurement Scale for Children

[Source:  Your Therapy Source]

The Trunk Control Measurement Scale is a clinical tool to measure trunk control in children with cerebral palsy.  Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology recently published research examining the reliability of the Trunk Control Measurement Scale (TCMS) with its subscores, in children with neuromotor disorders.  In addition, the discriminative validity of the TCMS was assessed by comparing the TCMS scores with the Functional Independence Measure for children.

The participants in the reliability study included 90 children, ranging in age from 5 years to almost 19 years old and 50 participated for the discriminative validity study. The results indicated the following:

  • reliability was excellent.
  • change in the TCMS total score of six points (10%) can be considered a true change.
  • TCMS subscores appeared to be clinically relevant because children with less than around 80% of the static balance score, less than 55% of the dynamic reaching score, or less than around 35% of the selective movement control score needed support for daily life activities.

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Speechie Freebie! Rate of Speech Visual

[Source:  Teach Speech 365 via Speechie Freebies]

This month, my freebie is a simple rate of speech visual. I have at least one student whose rate can increase, making it difficult to understand her. So I created this visual.

Slide the paperclip back and forth as the student’s rate increases. It provides a visual reminder for your students to slow down, plus it’s easy to send home a copy.

Get Your Copy Through on Teach Speech 365 via Speechie Freebies!



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Seasonal Craft: Washi Tape Starfish

[Source:  No Time for Flashcards]

This is the perfect low mess summer craft, especially if a trip to the beach or local aquarium is on your to-do list. I like it because there is no threat of a huge glue explosion and let’s be honest some days even the most mess-tolerant teacher or parent just needs a break from the cleanup. The other thing I love about this starfish craft is that it is great for a wide range of ages, which makes it a perfect summer craft for families. The tape is easy to put on; you don’t even have to draw a starfish, I have a free printable all ready for you, although younger children will need help with the cutting at the end. For more beach activities check out this free sample thematic unit! 

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SLP Corner: Put the Fun Into Executive-Function Skills Practice This Summer

[Source: ASHA]

Executive functioning—as related to schools—includes all self-management skills students need to succeed in a classroom. More specifically, it involves the ability to make goals, plan steps required to achieve those goals, and then execute the plans. For example, attention, focus, planning, organization, working memory, recall, self-regulating emotions, and self-monitoring all fall under the umbrella of executive functions.

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Parents Awarded $900K After Hidden Cameras Capture Student Restraint

[Source: Education Week]

Arbitrators have awarded $900,000 to a family that sued the Clark County, Nev., district after their son was restrained repeatedly during the 2011-12 school year‐some of which was caught on videocameras that had been hidden in the classroom by school district police officers.

Clark County, the nation’s 5th largest school district, includes Las Vegas and surrounding areas. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the settlement with John and Dina Phipps was reached at the end of May, bringing to an end a long-running and complicated case that had prompted both a federal and a state lawsuit.

Legal filings in the case spell out some of the details: In 2012, the Phipps’ son was attending Variety School, a special education school for students with severe disabilities. He was in a classroom with six other children, all of whom, like him, were nonverbal.

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