Summer Olympics Freebie Activity

[Source: Your Therapy Source]

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The Summer Olympic Games are only a few weeks away!  This Summer Olympic games freebie activity, Find and Color, is a fun way to encourage visual discrimination and visual motor skills with a Summer Olympic theme.  Find the medal winners and color them the correct color.  This visual perceptual puzzle is just one from the new Summer Olympic Games Packet that is filled with sensory motor and visual perceptual activities and games.  There are 40 Summer Olympic sport cards including:

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In First, United Healthcare to Offer ABA Coverage Nationwide

[Source:  Disability Scoop]

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The nation’s largest health insurer says it will soon include coverage of applied behavior analysis in every group plan it offers.

UnitedHealthcare said that starting next year, every small and large group plan it sells across the country will feature coverage of the autism therapy.

“We recognize the growing interest in ABA among many consumers and in the marketplace,” the insurer said in announcing the change. “Beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2017, UnitedHealthcare will be extending ABA benefit coverage to new and renewing fully insured small and large group plans in the few remaining states that do not mandate ABA coverage.”

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“Speechless” Starring Minnie Driver Starts Wednesday, Sept. 21 8:30 PM

Editor’s Note:  How exciting!  From the looks of this trailer, this has promise!!

[Source: ABC]

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Maya DiMeo (Minnie Driver, About A Boy, The Riches, Good Will Hunting) is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband Jimmy, her kids Ray, Dylan, and JJ, her eldest son with cerebral palsy. As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves, and searches for just the right person to give JJ his “voice.”

Speechless stars Minnie Driver as Maya DiMeo, John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory) as Jimmy DiMeo, Mason Cook as Ray DiMeo, Micah Fowler as JJ DiMeo, Kyla Kennedy as Dylan DiMeo and Cedric Yarbrough as Kenneth.

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7 Tools For Exploring Water Play

[Source: No Time for Flashcards]

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The summer is a time for preschool teachers to review what they have in their classrooms, and what they still need. As a preschool teacher, my main focus after providing a safe, secure place that my students fee they can be without their primary caregivers is to give my students fun new experiences that spark their thirst for learning at their developmental level. Last week was Water Week ( click it for eve more ideas) for our summer camp program Camp Learn & Play and it sparked my interest in water play, and its role in the preschool classroom. So often we wait until it’s hot out to play with water in preschool but it’s a great year-round activity. Here are some tools that help you play and make exploring water at preschool even more fun inside and out.

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OT/PT Corner: Awesome Backyard Olympics Ideas for Kids

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Article and Image Source: Melissa & Doug

by Kristina Buskirk

I have always loved watching the Summer Olympics. As a little kid I would glue myself to the TV watching gymnastics and cheering on my favorite athletes. Now as a mom I love to find ways to share Olympics fun with my own kids through simple games.

Today I am sharing four more simple Olympics themed activities that you can do in your backyard. These activities are easy to put together and a whole lot of fun. For our backyard Olympics each team was given an activity to do.

Once they completed one activity, they moved to the next one. Once they finished all four activities they were done! The fastest, most enthusiastic, silliest or hard-working kids earned awards.

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