Sensory Motor Handbook, Second Edition: A Guide for Implementing and Modifying Activities in the Classroom

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Therapists, teachers, and parents need resources to help children who experience difficulties in the classroom. Occupational therapists have collaborated with physical therapists and speech therapists designing activities for children that maximize opportunities for sensory integration, gross motor, fine motor, and oral motor development.
Sensory Motor Handbook provides teachers with hundreds of suggestions to help meet sensory and motor needs in the classroom. It also provides parents and children with many entertaining, easy-to-implement activities. Aimed at preschool to fourth grade level, these activities also can be used with people of all ages who have developmental disabilities.

Key Features
* Written in a style which purposely avoids medical terminology, to assist both the professional and layperson working with children in special education
* Provides teachers with a framework from which to observe, modify, and implement motor-related activities in the classroom
* Describes sensory systems and strategies for modifying activities
* Contains activities, games, songs, and instructions for easy-to-make equipment
* Gives tips for paper and tool selection, as well as proper desk and chair positions

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Julie Bissell, M.A., OTR, graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. degree in ergonomics and physical education. She completed an M.A. degree in occupational therapy through the University of Southern California. She has coordinated occupational therapy and physical therapy services for the Anaheim City School District for the past sixteen years, developing programs for children with specific learning disabilities, autism, developmental delays, multiple handicaps, orthopedic handicaps, attention deficit, sensory processing disorders, and emotional disturbance. She also serves on the Board of Counselors for the USC Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.

Jean Fisher, M.A., OTR, graduated from Mount St. Mary's College with a degree in art and a minor in chemistry. She received a certificate and a master of arts degree in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California. She has been practicing occupational therapy for 37 years. She set up an Occupational Therapy Department at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center in the early 1960s and worked as an independent contractor and feeding consultant with cerebral palsy children in the 1970s. Today, she works as a consultant for five Orange County school districts, including the Anaheim City School District.

Carol Owens, OTR, graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy. She has worked for the past twenty years in the California public school system, including sixteen years with the Anaheim City School District, serving students who have neurodevelopmental delays and orthopedic handicaps. Her practice includes children with specific learning disabilities, autism, visual handicaps, sensory processing problems, and attention deficit disorders.

Patricia Polcyn, OTR, graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy in 1977. She is self-employed, and her practice involves provision of occupational therapy services for six public school districts in Orange County, California. She lectures for local colleges, parent groups, and school district staff. She is a fieldwork supervisor for OT and COTA students and has contracts with a number of colleges and universities.

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