The ADHD Bandwagon

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Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, also known as ADHD, appears to be as prevalent as chickenpox.  Every child seems to have it and every parent/teacher complains about it. As soon as a child demonstrates a difficulty with sitting quietly still or appears distracted, even slightly, everyone points to ADHD.  It’s become the excuse for bad behavior,… Read more »

Bullying Prevention: Part 2, Cyberbullying

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What is cyberbullying?  Cyberbullying is the same as traditional bullying, but it occurs primarily online and in social media.  The reason cyberbullying is such a hot topic right now is for the mere fact that it never stops.  Traditional bullying typically only occurs throughout the school day and stops at the end of the school… Read more »

Thanksgiving Therapy Activities

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One of the many perks of working in the school system – the much-awaited Thanksgiving break. You’re almost there! Spending time with friends and family over an 8-course dinner is always a highlight of the year. Time to catch up with the people you love and, of course, take a nap. Many of our students… Read more »

Bullying Prevention: Part 1, The Schools

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Let me begin this blog saying that bullying is an unacceptable behavior that adults and students have a responsibility to stop. It’s incredibly important that schools must have clear and comprehensive prevention practices/policies that address all forms of bullying and/or harassment. I know October was Bullying Prevention Month, but I wanted to speak upon this… Read more »

How To Stay Organized For The Entire School Year

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Greetings! My name is Kie’rra. I’ve been working as a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist for 7 years. Since graduate school, I’ve learned the importance of being organized. It has made my life so much easier. As the school year progresses, we are not only responsible for evaluations/treatment and Medicaid, but we have to consult with… Read more »

The Best Therapy Tools to Have for Your Classroom

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School can be overwhelming for children who have trouble focusing or have specialized sensory needs. While the situation will differ according to each student, there are some basic items to have on hand in your classroom so you’re prepared to help each youngster do their individual best and achieve their full potential. Therapy Balls Originally… Read more »

Behavior Management: Speech Language Therapy

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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 »

Therapy Tools For Days When You ‘Can’t Even’

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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 »

Getting Ready to Go Back to School as a School-Based Occupational Therapist

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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 »

How to Help Antisocial Children in Your Classroom

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It’s normal for children to exhibit both positive and negative behavior at different times as they age and develop. But some students display high levels of antisocial tendencies – in some cases, as early as the age of three. Antisocial behavior is manageable, but early intervention is key. Research has concluded that, if left untreated… Read more »