Children Having Difficulty Following Directions in Your Classroom? Use These Tips!

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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 »

A Lesson for School-Based Physical Therapists: Functional Balance Tests

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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 »

Does Your Therapy Bag Have These Essentials in It?

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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 »

Recognizing National Autism Awareness Month

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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 »

Improving Visual Motor Activities on the Go: Classroom Lessons Parents Can Use

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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 »

How Speech Language Pathologists Can Help Children with Selective Mutism This Spring

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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 »

Can Play-Doh Be Used for Speech Therapy?

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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 »

Four Visual Perception Activities for St. Patrick’s Day

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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 »

How to Prevent the Harmful Impact of W Sitting by Children

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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 »

Handling Bullying in the Classroom: How School Psychologists Can Help Children who are Being Bullied

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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 »