3 Strategies to Keep Children Focused as Spring Heats Up

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You can tell it’s nearing the end of the school year, just by glancing into a classroom as you pass by. Chances are, students are a little more distracted and rambunctious than usual, or perhaps they’re in a happy daze as they stare out the window instead of at the white board. This can be… Read more »

Understanding Melatonin Imbalance & Sleep Disorders in Children with Autism

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Many children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience irregular sleep patterns, commonly in the form of delayed sleep onset, frequent nighttime awakenings and reduced sleep duration. These problems occur in 40 to 80 percent of children with ASD, compared with 10 to 20 percent of typically developing children. Because many children with autism cannot… Read more »

Happy Occupational Therapy Month!

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April is National Occupational Therapy Month, an observance that was begun in 1980 and corresponds with the timing of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Annual Conference & Expo. This year’s conference was held April 16 – 19 in Nashville. What are you doing to celebrate your career and showcase your profession – not just… Read more »

A Speech Therapist’s Review of Mobile App, Soundable

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The social word game Soundable is a winner on two counts. It’s a fun way for students to learn the International Phonetic Alphabet – and it’s an effective means for you to practice transcription and phonics use, as well as mastering your own finesse with IPA. Launched in 2014, Soundable is the product of collaboration… Read more »

What is the Mobile App Candy Count and How Can it Help Occupational Therapists?

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We’ve all tried it because it’s so much fun: Counting the number of gumballs or candies in a jar in hopes of winning a prize. The Camigo Media LLC app Candy Count provides a fun, interactive way to teach important concepts to toddlers, including sorting colors, counting and arranging numbers, and comparing quantities. Preschoolers and… Read more »

Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services Selected as a ‘Top Workplace’ in Atlanta

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ATLANTA – Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Top Workplaces in Atlanta for the fourth year. The pediatric staffing firm, which is based in Kennesaw, Georgia, ranked 38th in the small business category, which included employers with 149 or fewer employees… Read more »

Reviewing Top Mobile Apps for Speech Therapy | Magical Concepts

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Concepts are critical building blocks for early learning. Research shows that understanding of basic concepts is essential for academic success and high-level thinking ability. Magical Concepts by Virtual Speech Center, Inc., is a language therapy app that traces learning progress with more than 60 concepts for both individual and group therapy. How it Works Magical… Read more »

Tips for the Classroom: Proper Letter Formation When Writing

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Attention to mastering handwriting benefits every student, including those with learning disabilities related to reading, writing or nonverbal learning, and those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Labored handwriting can create a drain on the mental resources a child needs for higher-level aspects of writing such as attention to content, elaboration of details and organization of… Read more »

Tips for the Classroom: Learning Diphthongs

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Children often struggle with diphthongs, as it can be difficult to glide form one vowel sound to another. This happens naturally to most people, but can cause deep frustration to those who encounter this particular speech challenge. Here are some tips for diphthong therapy in your classroom: Pucker Up and Smile “Oi” is a back-round… Read more »

Tips for the Classroom: Writing Cursive Letters

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Proper handwriting includes correct letter formation, proper proportion, size, slant and spacing. For students, writing cursive may actually be easier and come more naturally than printing, as lines are more fluid and there’s no need to lift your writing utensil as you find your rhythm. Here are some helpful tips as you work with children… Read more »