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 »

What Did You Just Say? Tips to Take Care of Mumbling

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Sometimes, children have all the sounds they need in their verbal inventory, but they still can’t be understood when they speak because they mumble. And their compromised intelligibility can have a significant negative impact on their lives, inside and outside the classroom. What Causes Mumbling? There’s a difference between articulation disorders in general and mumbling…. 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 »

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 »

Back to School Tips to Start the School Year Strong

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It’s that time of year. When the calendar says August or early September, it’s time to kick off a new beginning for teachers, students – and school-based therapists. How can you best prepare for the new school year ahead? Sharpen your brand-new number-two pencil and take note of these tips, prepared with the expert assistance of… 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 »

Creating a Mind Jar

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What’s a mind jar and how does it work? Like many of the best things in life, a mind jar is simple, inexpensive and effective. Made from a glass or plastic jar and just a few other ingredients, it’s a meditation tool to use when a child – or adult – feels stressed, overwhelmed, angry… Read more »

Top Apps for Speech Therapists: Real Vocabulary

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As noted by therapists who have piloted it, you can’t go wrong with Real Vocabulary, the latest speech therapy app released by Virtual Speech Center, Inc. Developed by Jennifer Rogers, M.A., CCC-SLP, Real Vocabulary made its debut in February. It’s available for download on the App Store for $29.99. The app provides a comprehensive and… Read more »

Essential Occupational Therapy App: Skill Training

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“A fun and challenging visual motor activity app. Look out, you might be hooked!” This comment came from occupational therapists at OTswithApps.com after they took a trial run of Sebastian Miedtank’s Skill Training app, priced at $2.99 for your iPhone or iPad. Miedtank also created the Skill Game OT app. Customizable Activities and Exciting ChallengesDeveloped… Read more »