Gym Class Activities for Children with Poor Motor Skills

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Through games, sports, and play, students can continuously develop their motor skills to help make them more successful both inside and outside the classroom. Use these related tips to boost your OT regime. Core Strengthening Without a stable core, children may struggle to sit still at a desk or to carry out fine motor tasks…. 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 Monitor Classroom Noise for Children with Sensitivities

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Children who struggle with sensory processing issues can be highly sensitive to noise. Anything from a fire alarm to a loud classroom or gym can become a challenge. Fortunately, there are some relatively easy ways to monitor and control noise levels at school and help sensitive students cope. Take a Team Approach Work with a… Read more »

Common Factors That Could Be Affecting Handwriting Skills

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Poor handwriting is one of the most common OT referrals among primary school students. Children may never have mastered such fundamental pre-writing skills as sizing, formation, construction, alignment or spacing. A number of factors can affect handwriting skills development. These include: Attention to task: Children can’t sit still or keep their eyes on task, or… Read more »

Occupational Therapy in the Winter Months: 4 Areas of Activities to Improve Your Classroom

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How can you keep your students engaged in OT during the long winter months? Try some fun activities. After all, play is the occupation of children. Through the creative activities of play, they can develop themselves and at the same time, explore the world around them. Here are four areas to explore, along with related… Read more »

Staying Organized by Maintaining an Updated and Thorough Schedule

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Now that the school year is under way, you probably have a good handle on your therapy schedule. Of course, it’s always a work in progress. So you need a user-friendly, effective way to keep it organized and up to date, as well as circulate it to teachers and other key personnel. With just a… Read more »

10 Activities to Help Develop Pre-Scissor Skills

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Learning to cut with scissors is not as simple as it seems. As children master this skill, it’s a full-body task to get the hands and fingers working with precision. The back, shoulders and arms must be stable, feet must be on the floor, and hips must be in neutral. The eyes need to focus… Read more »

How to Prepare for Your Best School Year Ever

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The stress of a new school year is felt more acutely by some professionals than others, but it’s a perfectly natural occurrence. In fact, you can turn it into positive energy with the right preparation – starting with yourself and your own routine. Here’s how to lay the groundwork for making this school year your… Read more »

Why Choose a Career in School-Based Therapy

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As special education programs grow and evolve, school-based occupational, physical and speech-language therapists are in growing demand – and the rewards and benefits are numerous. Are you considering this career path? As plans get under way for the 2014 school year, it’s a great time to turn your thoughts into action. The Role of a… Read more »

Tips on Pencil Grasp Development

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A child’s ability to color within the lines, trace a shape or draw simple pictures are the building blocks for handwriting skills to be used throughout their lives. They need to move progressively through different stages of pencil grasp mastery as an important aspect of their early development. Each stage depends on the strength and… Read more »