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W sitting is a position too frequently used by children when they are playing on the floor or the ground. In this position, a child sites on their bottom with their knees bent, feet tucked under, and legs splayed out to each side in a W configuration. A young child’s joints and bone structures often… Read more »

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Bullying at school is not a new problem. Quite the contrary: It’s been going on, doubtlessly, since the very first one-room schoolhouse opened its doors. But, today, educators are rightfully trying to take a more proactive approach to preventing and minimizing the devastating effects of bullying in the classroom, as well as the hallways, cafeterias,… Read more »

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As winter winds down, you may be thinking about the best place to advance your speech pathology career, once this school year comes to a conclusion. Here’s a glance at five metro areas where you might want to consider landing your next great job: Atlanta, GA It’s a lot less pretentious than really big destinations… Read more »

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You’ve made it through January and now Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Here are some OT activities targeting a variety of motor, visual and cognitive skills for kids of all ages. They’re terrific boredom busters on a winter’s day – and with a little extra creativity, they can be adapted for other holidays… Read more »

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A lateral lisp can be very challenging to treat. A lisp is a functional speech disorder (FSD); in other words, a difficulty learning to make a specific sound or sounds. While the cause of an FSD usually is not known, such disorders can be successfully treated. A lateral lisp in a child is probably occurring… Read more »

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Hand strength is one of the most common problem areas seen in pediatric occupational therapy. Kids who struggle with hand strength may have difficulty grasping a pencil, working with scissors, or managing clothing fasteners. These creative and playful activities target building hand strength to get children’s hands and fingers in shape: Develop the “Precision” Side… Read more »

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Teaching children to ward off irrational fears can begin at an early age. It’s important to replace worry and anxiety with their opposites: connection, mindfulness, courage, playfulness and confidence. As silly as a child’s fear may seem, these feelings are very real and not to be taken lightly. Validate the Child’s Fears You might think… Read more »

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How can you help to keep students focused, engaged and content in the classroom? Use these calming sensory strategies to lessen the stress of the school day for anxiety-prone youngsters: Designate a Quiet Space Here, students can regroup and calm themselves down. Your quiet space can be as simple as a corner with a beanbag… Read more »

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Sentence Strips in the Classroom

Sentence strips can be very helpful when working with language-impaired students. Their use provides a visual framework for children to organize their thoughts. They may know what they want to say, but struggle to express their ideas … and sentence strips can help you address this challenge. Target Grammar and Vocabulary Skills Sentence strips are… Read more »

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Improving Children Attention Span

At some point, every child will struggle to pay attention in school or during a task or activity. When the situation reaches the point where children are consistently missing key information as a result of their inattention, proactive steps need to be taken. Reasons for short attention spans when participating in important listening activities like… Read more »