Many thanks to Dr. Mary Falzarano and her OT graduate students for hosting Carrie today in their beautiful facility! They are taking on a new research study on CEW-Classic in the classroom and CEW-Online at home, and were excited to learn more about the programs' foundations as well as "nuts and bolts." They even got to experience making some of the whole body letters! A great group of people!
Connect Experience Write had our first presentation with Eran Arden, the CEO of Timocco (www.timocco.com) yesterday at the Ohio Special Education Leadership Conference. Do you spy some bags under my eyes? Oh, Miss Carrie learned lots of lessons about traveling yesterday through setting the alarm for 3:35 am, delayed flights, missed connecting flights, etc... But, the conference was a great success, with a lot of positive feedback! The Timocco booth was also a big hit- who can resist playing movement games during a conference??
... and we lost our old blog posts!
We are very excited to have the new look of our website, but unfortunately, seem to have lost all of our blog posts! We will continue to work to see if we can fix this issue, but in the meantime, we'll keep marching forward!
We have copied our old blog posts; however, the links and videos will not work, as they are screen shots. Feel free to contact us to get a copy of any link or video you are interested in!
The participants in the CEW groups at the STAR center continue to make progress in their ability to form letters. As we've mentioned, we see significant changes in the willingness to write using our handwriting program. Here is a nice examples of how increased participation leads to increased self-esteem and confidence. In turn, you see a much clearer functional outcome in written work. At the start of groups, this 6-year old boy produced lightly written letters with wavering lines. A few days later he was writing straighter lines much darker and clearer. He also demonstrated a significant positive change in his grasp patter. He is, overall, a much confident and efficient writer.
Groups continue at the STAR Center this week. One of the participants demonstrated how Connect Experience Write can positively impact a child's willingness tow rote. This little boy started group saying, "I am NOT learning how to write." After our warm-up songs, sung by Brady Rymer, he began to let down his guard. He was singing and dancing forgetting he was there to "learn to write". After listening to the musical tones for letter "C" he began to wrote trying to match his movements to the sound of the music. by the end of the session he excitedly announced, "Look what I just wrote! I wrote a whole word!" He came to class the next say and they day after that ready to learn how to write.
Carrie Davis and Michele Parkins are occupational therapists and co-founders of CEW