Three Visual Perception Activities for the Classroom

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Visual perception activities can help students make sense of the information that their eyes are sending to their brain. If visual perception skills fail to develop normally, children may struggle with related tasks; most importantly, reading. As you consider the best visual perception activities for your classroom, keep these three areas in mind: Form Constancy… Read more »

Speech Therapy Apps: AlphaTopics AAC

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Losing your language skills as the result of a brain injury or illness can be devastating. Relearning how to speak, find words and convey ideas is a lengthy, often frustrating process. While a student is working through this period, they need an effective way to communicate, or their quality of life may suffer immeasurably. Communicating… Read more »

Tips for Working with Children with Selective Mutism

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Helping children with selective mutism can be arduous and challenging. It can be difficult to grasp why a child does not talk in certain situations – and desperation and frustration may follow treatment attempts. Seek first to understand – and effective strategies for making progress will follow. Selective Mutism Defined Selective mutism is a psychiatric… Read more »

Key Tips and Strategies for Improving Fine Motor Skills

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Fine motor skills are small movements that have a large impact on hand coordination and strength. Lacking the functional use of the small muscles in the hands and fingers can hinder a child’s ability to perform everyday tasks, but fine motor skills can be developed through consistent practice. Common Fine Motor Skills Activities Finger painting… Read more »

Managing Classroom Stress | How to Stop Sweating the Small Stuff

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Working with students can be very rewarding, but it comes with its own set of challenges and pressures that can build up and cause significant stress. From the daily in-class struggles to lack of work-life balance from evening and weekend classroom planning, the stress can serve as a major distraction from your end goal of… Read more »

Speech Therapy Apps: Comprehension Therapy

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Comprehension therapy is a treatment for aphasia to help individuals with communication deficits by improving their learning and understanding of common words so they can express themselves. It utilizes auditory and reading exercises for building or reestablishing their knowledge base of single words, sentences, and conversational cues. A speech therapy app, Comprehension Therapy, is available… Read more »

A Look Into School Anxiety…Why Children Say They Don’t Want to Go to School

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Many children experience anxiety related to going to school, which may manifest itself as complaints of not feeling well physically or outright avoidance by expressing refusal to go. These complaints may be signs of underlying issues that need to be addressed to ensure children receive the education they need without fighting through school anxiety. Common… Read more »

How to Maintain Classroom Attention with Winter Break Approaching

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The countdown to winter break is on! It’s hard to stay focused yourself, much less keep your students’ minds on their work. This valuable December learning time doesn’t have to be wasted. Use these tips to keep classroom energy alive with some pre-holiday fun: Maintain Basic Rules How you close out 2015 will set the… Read more »

Depression Management: Understanding Emotional Development

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As a school-based therapist, part of your responsibility is accurately identifying students who show signs of depression – as well as making their loved ones aware and helping to steer them in the proper treatment direction. Accurately diagnosed, depression can be successfully managed. But left unattended, its consequences can be devastating or even fatal. Signs… Read more »

What are You Thankful For?

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Gratitude may be one of the most overlooked tools that we all have access to, every day. When November rolls around, with Thanksgiving and the holiday season to follow, we naturally tend to focus more on all we have – versus what we want. Why not set a goal of making gratitude a year-round habit,… Read more »