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Spring 2020 Newsletter -> OT / PT News

Therapist Kudos:

In December one of our OTs, Carisa Casian, was able to successfully raise money through DonorsChoose and GO Fund Me to purchase six additional Chromebooks for her elementary school SPED department. The computers were delivered in January and students started using them right away.


She is collaborating with the RSP teacher to make sure they are being used in the most effective manner and don’t get lost.


“They have been such a great help at school for our resource kiddos! I am so grateful for others’ generosity!!” – Carisa Casian

Congratulations, Carisa, on successfully bringing new tools into the hands of your students!


Distance Learning Treatment Ideas and Resources:


Learning Without Tears is providing many online resources free of charge at this time if you sign up for a free account. You can access both PreK and K-5 resources. Though you are not able to print their resources, if your students already have workbooks this would be a great supplement to them. You can also access online versions of some of their apps.


The TV Teacher is offering free videos on prewriting, uppercase and lowercase letter formation for the rest of this school year. There are short 2-3 minute videos for each letter that incorporate a variety of skills. To log in go here and use the email login: and the password: practice for therapists or families to access these resources.


Pediatric Physical Therapy Exercises  is a YouTube channel with over 100 videos showing techniques and exercises you can share with parents. Some topics include dynamic sitting, exercises for children with low tone, squat to stand, core strengthening and more. The videos are with babies but the principles can be incorporated into other age groups as well.


Assessment Tool Highlight:


Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory-Computer Adapted Test (PEDI-CAT)

Age Range: 0-20 years

Time Required: 10-20 minutes

Norms: Normative Standard Scores and Scaled Scores


Overview: The Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory-Computer Adapted Test (PEDI-CAT) was released in 2020 and is an update to the previous PEDI published in 1992. It is designed for use with children who have physical and/or behavioral conditions. The PEDI-CAT measures the domains of daily activity, mobility, social/cognitive, and responsibility. The responsibility area assesses to what extent the child or the caregiver is responsible for managing complex, multi-step life tasks. The first three domains use a four-point scale ranging from “unable” to “easy.” The responsibility domain uses a five point scale ranging from “adult/caregiver has full responsibility” to “child takes full responsibility.” It is a caregiver report and may be performed through teletherapy (see website for more information on this). It also has an Autism module that has been validated on children with Autism. It can be used to initially identify delays as well as a tool to show growth after beginning a therapy program. It does not have a minimum time between test administrations. It is available in 11 different languages and is administered through Q-global with both on-screen and remote options available.