How to Assist in Calming Down a Child

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Assist in Calming Down a Child

When a student gets agitated, your first inclination may be to tell them to “go sit and calm down” or “just relax.” But, many students simply don’t know how to do this – especially if they demonstrate chronic agitation, frustration or defiance. Self-calming is an essential skill for success at school, at home, and in… Read more »

An Overview of Physical Therapy Month

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Physical Therapy Month | Cobb Pediatric

What are you doing to celebrate October as National Physical Therapy Month? This annual observance began in 1981 as National Physical Therapy Week. In 1992, it was moved to October so as not to conflict with the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) annual conference – and it was declared that the entire month of October… Read more »

Make Progress Reports Fun With These Tips!

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Classroom Progress Reports | Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services

Do you become overwhelmed at student progress report time? A few simple tips from Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services can help you get organized while the school year is still young – and maybe even come to enjoy the process. Use creative comments and gentle suggestions for improvement. But first: set the groundwork in place with… Read more »

How to Deal with Speech-Related Tantrums

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Speech Related Tantrums | Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services

Every child has tantrums. They are especially prevalent in preschool and the lower primary grades, but these lapses in emotional control also can happen in older students. It’s your job to handle the child having the tantrum, as well as keeping others on task – and keeping everyone safe. Tactics to Deal with Tantrums Handling… Read more »

Visual Motor Skills Activities that Kids Will Love

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Children who struggle with visual motor integration have difficulty coordinating body movement in response to what they are seeing. Identifying and improving visual motor skills lays the foundation for proper brain function and development as a child grows. Visual motor, or eye-hand coordination, problems often are not discovered till a child is in elementary school…. Read more »

Understanding Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity in the Classroom

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Preparing for Back to School Season

Schools that acknowledge the diversity among their students understand the importance of promoting cultural awareness. As an educator, it’s up to you to actively demonstrate that you care about students’ cultural, ethnic, emotional and intellectual needs. In doing so, you build trusting relationships among everyone involved. Celebrate Diversity Encourage students to share information about their… Read more »

Helping Children Tackle Their R’s

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    Researchers and clinicians have agreed that helping children master the /r/ sound is among the trickiest of speech challenges. In one study at the University of West Virginia, 91 percent of speech-language pathologists said they had experienced at least one case where traditional methods of therapy were ineffective. But with time, patience and… Read more »

Everything You Need to Know about Oral Sensory Processing

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Oral Sensory | Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services

We all learn through our senses. Sensory processing is how we transform sensory information from within our bodies and the external environment into messages we can act on. The sensory receptors in our mouths allow us to perceive such stimuli as temperature, texture and taste. Our brains receive proprioceptive information from the joint of the… Read more »

The Importance of Free Play in Speech Development

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Free Plan and Speech Development in Kids | Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services

Pragmatic language refers to the communicative intent, rules and social aspects of language. This frequently overlooked aspect of speech development is critical to a child’s ability to make friends and successfully interact with others. A basic component of pragmatic language is reading the cues of your communications partner and following conversational etiquette. As noted by… Read more »

Preparing for Back to School Season: 4 Tips to Make This Your Best Year Ever

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Preparing for Back to School Season

Summer is quickly winding down and the new school year will soon be upon you – filled with promise and possibilities. It’s time to finish your beach reading and set yourself up for success as the academic calendar nears its beginning. A little planning pays big dividends. Here are four tips for starting off the… Read more »