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 »

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 »

Sensory Processing, Part 2: Sensory materials, now what?

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So, now you know each student’s sensory preferences and aversions.  What do I do with this knowledge?  Help your students make a list of the items and strategies that will help them.  I recommend making a sensory kit for the classroom.  You can set this up as one large classroom kit or small individual kits… Read more »

Sensory Processing, Part 1: Now what’s wrong?

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So here we are.  A new school year has started.  Everyone has begun settling into the routine of school and your classroom management except for that one student who just can’t seem to sit still or appears to be “too sensitive to everything”.  This is the student that is constantly out of his/her seat, fidgeting… Read more »

Books and Pets: Increase Reading Achievement with the Help of Your Furry Friend

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Many children today have demonstrated a difficulty with not only the fundamentals of reading but the overall reading achievement itself.  If this sounds like your child, I’m sure you have faced a considerable amount of time and frustration trying to help, teach, and motivate your child to read.  Like most parents, you may have experienced… Read more »

Where Does a School-based Therapist Fit in the Pediatric Therapy Puzzle?

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School-based therapy is one of many settings in which children with disabilities may receive therapeutic intervention. As one piece in the child’s rehabilitation puzzle, you may be asking yourself where do I fit in the overall picture and how does each piece connect to the next?   Two pieces occur prior to school-based intervention and… Read more »

What is Reactive Attachment Disorder and What Do You Need to Know about It?

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Reactive Attachment Disorder

Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is a rare but serious condition in which a child fails to establish healthy attachments to parents or other caregivers. It is caused by chronic maltreatment, neglect or abuse early in life. For instance, children born to drug or alcohol addicted parents learn very early on that things do not feel… 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 »

5 Minute Fact Sheet on Mood Disorders

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Mood disorders in children and teens have been recognized for decades – though they can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint. This is especially true in young children or others who may have difficulty describing how they feel. Generally caused by chemical imbalances in the brain, mood disorders also may be triggered by environmental factors, as… Read more »