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You’ve done it – you’ve successfully completed last year’s requirements, lazily basked in the sun all summer, and returned to school ready to take on the new year. Your pencils are sharpened, your files are color-coded, and your outfit is picked out. You’re eager to meet your students and begin therapy, never stopping to consider… Read more »

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September 20, 2017 is National School Backpack Awareness Day. It’s celebrated each year on the third Wednesday of September, to assist therapists, other educators, parents and students in getting the school year off to a healthy start. It’s also a great opportunity to showcase occupational therapy services throughout your community. Symptoms and Tips When it… Read more »

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Through games, sports, and play, students can continuously develop their motor skills to help make them more successful both inside and outside the classroom. Use these related tips to boost your OT regime. Core Strengthening Without a stable core, children may struggle to sit still at a desk or to carry out fine motor tasks…. Read more »

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Many children today have demonstrated a difficulty with not only the fundamentals of reading but the overall reading achievement itself.  If this sounds like your child, I’m sure you have faced a considerable amount of time and frustration trying to help, teach, and motivate your child to read.  Like most parents, you may have experienced… Read more »

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The /r/ sound can be tough for some children to pronounce. It’s a voiced sound, produced by the vibration of the vocal cord. If it’s at the beginning of a word, the tongue pulls back a bit and raises at the tip, without touching the roof of the mouth. But if /r/ is elsewhere in… Read more »

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The parent-therapist relationship can be a tricky one, even with the most easy-going parents. You want to be personable, professional, kind, honest…the list of desirable qualities goes on and on, but how do you achieve and maintain that relationship? Listed below are three components I strive to employ in all of my relationships with parents…. Read more »

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Upper body strength is critical throughout a person’s life. Effective arm movement and control are possible only when trunk strength and stability are good – and a stable core provides a solid base of support from which both the arms and legs are free to move with precision and control. Postural Control is Key Good… Read more »

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We’ve all been there. It’s 7:50 am on a Tuesday and you’ve just finished that last-minute IEP, responded to 7 urgent emails, gulped that luke-warm cup of coffee that’s been on your desk all morning… and you have a group of kids showing up to your room for therapy in 10 minutes. Quick! Hide under… Read more »

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People don’t take trips; trips take people. ~John Steinbeck   The Palmetto State has more than enough attractions, historical landmarks, picturesque small towns, beaches, natural wonders and even a few ghost stories to keep you and your family “chilled,” excited and interested. So, come “Carolina Shag” with us as we drive through South Carolina with the… Read more »

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It’s that time of year again. (How did that happen?) School starts soon, and it’s time to get organized and get to know the students you’ll be working with when you resume your school-based OT practice for 2017/18. One key to your success will be getting to know your students and fellow education team members…. Read more »