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Observe Children's Mental Health Week

May is Mental Health Month. During the first week of this month, Children’s Mental Health Week is observed, to raise awareness of issues integral to children’s mental health in communities nationwide. End the Stigma As an educator observing Children’s Mental Health Week, you are in a position to help alleviate the stigma surrounding these issues,… Read more »

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Following directions is an integral part of language development. Yet many children, especially those with special needs, struggle with this. Your success in giving direction and encouraging progress is based on each individual student and their unique abilities. By the age of three, most children have begun to understand and carry out more than just… Read more »

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As a physical therapist, you don’t need to be reminded of the importance of balance and coordination, as you help your students function effectively, both during static and dynamic activities. What assessments can you use to best gauge children’s functional balance? SATCO Segmental Assessment of Trunk Control (SATCO) measures a child’s ability to maintain trunk… Read more »

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Is it time to spring clean your classroom therapy supplies? A fresh approach may be just what you need as the school year starts to wind down and students’ attention drifts outside to warmer weather and outdoor activities. Keep spring fever from deterring your plans for the rest of the year by making a few… Read more »

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April is National Autism Awareness Month. This observance has been recognized since the 1970’s, when the Autism Society launched its coast-to-coast effort to promote autism awareness and inclusion. In 2007, the United Nations took this initiative worldwide, designating April 2nd as World Autism Day. This year, the goal is to go beyond simply promoting autism… Read more »

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Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services selected as a Top Workplace for the sixth year   Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services has been awarded a 2017 Top Workplaces honor by The Atlanta Journal Constitution. The pediatric staffing firm, which is based in Kennesaw, Georgia, ranked 3rd in the midsize workplaces category (150-499 employees) out of 50 businesses. This… Read more »

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Now that the calendar is changing to spring, more road trips may be on the horizon for your young students and their families. How can you help parents to pass the time with kids cooped up in the car, while also creating opportunities to further develop visual motor skills? Here are some simple activities that work… Read more »

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Children with selective mutism (SM) suffer from a communication difficulty that makes it impossible for them to speak in certain social situations. This disorder is not the result of a physical inability to speak or understand language, although 35 to 75 percent of children with SM also present with language impairments, and 30 percent are… Read more »

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You can’t argue that Play-Doh is a lot of fun. It’s also inexpensive – and rarely does a child resist grabbing, rolling and shaping it. Play-Doh also can be used to target virtually any speech/language objective. Of course, it works well for preschoolers, but is also very effective when working with older children who are… Read more »

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Children who suffer from visual perception problems may experience anxiety and stress in a variety of situations – academic, social and personal. They may demonstrate poor handwriting skills or have trouble completing puzzles, planning actions in relations to the objects around them, or keeping their place when reading. It can be a challenge for them… Read more »