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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Top Apps for Occupational Therapists: School of Multi Step Directions

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Every school-based therapist treats students who struggle with following directions. These children need to concentrate, hear and remember steps, and execute directives. It can be a daunting challenge for everyone involved. Using classroom-based settings and built-in reinforcement in the form of a pong game, the Virtual Speech Center app School of Multi Step Directions is… Read more »

Bubble Wrap in the Classroom?!

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Who doesn’t love bubble wrap? Even as adults, we can’t resist the urge to pop those bubbles as soon as we see them arrive when a package is delivered. The bigger, the better! So while it sounds a bit off the wall upon first hearing it, it makes sense that working with bubble wrap would… Read more »

Top Apps for Speech Therapists: Word Retrieval

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As noted by Speech Time Fun, Virtual Speech Center, Inc., has “been on a major roll in pushing out these amazing apps targeting common skills that can be difficult or unmotivating to address.” The latest such offering is Word Retrieval, created by a certified speech and language pathologist for children and adults with word-finding difficulties…. Read more »