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Glow Art for Active Learners

We love this idea shared by parent, Maribel Gardea!  This two-part video shows a boy with CVI (cortical visual impairment) and cerebral palsy who is enjoying creating glow art.  Neon paint has been placed on the cover of a slanted black notebook, which raises it a bit, making it easier for him to access both visually and tactually.  A black light is shining on the paint, which illuminates it, without shining in his eyes or distracting him.  Paintbrushes are suspended on elastic next to each of his hands, so that he is able to grasp them and bring them to the paint surface to create a picture.

A boy uses neon paint to create glow art.

Activity Goal Matrix

An Activity and Goal Matrix can help you evaluate whether or not your planned activities provide a focus on the student’s IEP goals. It can help ensure there are ample opportunities in all activities to work on these goals. Infusing skill-building opportunities throughout the day and in a variety of environments is very important. In Active Learning, almost any activity can be engineered to provide opportunities to work on almost every IEP goal.
Top row of Active-Goal Matrix on Day 1

Videos Demonstrating Early Fine Motor Development Skills

The two videos below were part of our September webinar: The Comprehending Hand: Fine Motor Development.  They are also available on our website.
Boy painting with rice

Rice Tray with Water

This boy is developmentally at the level of a two month old and providing him with “scratching” activities encourages his participation. This activity provides an opportunity for him to move through a variety of developmental levels, such as potentially grasping the rice, the washcloth, or moving one hand to the other.

Practicing Grasping Skills in a Little Room

This child in a Little Room accidentally, or purposefully, grasps and keeps, or grasps and releases objects. On several occasions, he also grasps and brings an object to his mouth. All of these movements are increasingly higher developmental skills. This child’s pushing and batting motions, with increased opening of the hand, allow grasping to occur. Note that this Little Room is well equipped with materials that respond appropriately to pushing and batting.
Jessica McCavit presenting webinar
Did you miss our January webinar on Constructive Play?  It's now available online and we invite you to watch it.

Join Our Next Webinar!

Our final webinar of this school year will be on April 18, 2019.  The topic is Oral Motor Activities, with content from occupational therapist Patty Obrzut.  Remember that you must register for this free webinar and the link will be sent to you before the webinar takes place. 
4:00-5:00 EDT
3:00-4:00 CDT
2:00-3:00 MDT
1:00-2:00 PDT

All of our webinars are recorded and available on our website.  We welcome participants from around the world!


Upcoming Training Events

Headed to TAER in San Antonio this year?  Join us on March 28th to explore "Making the Case for Active Learning".  Discuss how to advocate for Active Learning. 

June 10-11:  Patty Obrzut, Dallas, Texas

See the full list of training events.

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