Celebrating National School Backpack Awareness Day

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September 16 is National School Backpack Awareness Day. It’s celebrated each year on the third Wednesday of September, to assist therapists, other educators, parents and students in getting the school year off to a healthy start. It’s also a great opportunity to showcase occupational therapy services throughout your community. Symptoms and Tips When it comes… Read more »

Summer Speech Practice Tips for Parents

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As summer progresses, it’s important to keep speech skills sharp so as not to erase progress made during the previous school year. You may be able to recommend speech practice tips to parents and other caregivers via your school website or other vacation communication tools. Speech practice can be easily incorporated into ongoing summertime activities… Read more »

Key Tips for Health and Success in School

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As an occupational therapist, you play a key role in helping your students to stay healthy and successful throughout the school year. As the next one gets under way, here are some tips: Help Them Get Organized Guide and assist students in organizing their learning space, their time and their resources. Consider how each individual… Read more »

Sharpen Your Pencils: Preparing for the Upcoming School Year

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Getting a new school year off to a good start will set the right tone for the nine or 10 months to follow. As a school psychologist, it’s important to collaborate with teachers and other faculty members, as well as parents, so all of you can work together on behalf of your students. The back-to-school… Read more »

Noteworthy OT Tips for Homework Success

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Children and homework often don’t mix – and the challenges may be even greater with occupational therapy challenges are involved.  As you begin to think ahead to the next academic year, set your sights on work and study habits for your students that will promote academic success. These will include tactics and approaches to homework… Read more »

Understanding Phonological Processes in Speech Therapy

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Most children make some mistakes as they begin pronouncing new words. Phonological processes are patterns of sound errors that typically developing children use to simplify speech as they learn to talk. Articulation and speech sound disorders occur when these errors continue past a certain age. For instance: If a four-year-old still uses the phonological process… Read more »

4 Ways to Rejuvenate and Refocus Your Teaching Strategies Over the Summer

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School’s out – or about to be out – for the summer. Who’s more excited, you or your students? It’s probably too close to call. For you as well as the kids, summer is your time to relax, recharge and make the best of your long-awaited free time. Use the weeks ahead to recapture your… Read more »

How to Understand and Support Tic Disorders in the School Setting

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Children with tics or Tourette syndrome (TS) don’t want to be ticcing – especially at school, in front of their peers, teachers, coaches, and others who matter so much in the social picture of their lives. A tic is a no-fault neurological symptom. Students with tics can’t help it and may not even be aware… Read more »

How Can a Weighted Pen Help Students Master Writing?

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Handwriting – a skill that most people take for granted – can be an overwhelming struggle for students who lack the right fine motor skills. Children with autism, certain learning disabilities and related challenges are among those who have the greatest difficulty mastering the process of handwriting. Adapted writing utensils such as weighted pens and… Read more »

4 Tips to Pass on to Parents to Continue Speech Therapy over the Summer

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Working on children’s speech and language progress is a year-round priority. Just because the school year is ending doesn’t mean that your students’ therapy comes to a halt for three months. Instead, by collaborating with parents, you can use summer break as an opportunity to advance children’s communication skills. Here are four tips to help… Read more »