Tips for Students Who Complete School Work Slowly

Students Who Complete School Work Slowly

Tips for Students Who Complete School Work Slowly Do you know students who complete school work slowly?  Maybe it is a student in your classroom, on your therapy caseload or your own child, but some students have difficulties with the ability to complete school work within the time constraints of a class period, school day […]

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Follow Up Questions about Modifications and Adaptive Equipment in the Classroom

Once a piece of adaptive equipment or modification is put in place to use with a student, therapists need to follow up frequently.  Whether the adaptive equipment is a pencil grip, standing frame or weighted vest, on going assessment is needed.  Have you seen modifications recommended ie sensory break and it never gets carried out? […]

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Action Plan for Implementing Modifications in the Classroom

When students require modifications in the classroom it can be beneficial to put an action plan into place to ensure that the modifications are actually helping the student.  Sometimes school based therapists, students or school psychologists recommend modifications to occur in the classroom on a day to day basis.  It is important to make sure […]

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8 Playtime Modifications for Children with Disabilities

Whether it be at home, daycare, school or extracurricular activities, children with disabilities may benefit from modifications during playtime. Here are 8 questions to ask when assessing a child’s needs during playtime: Does the environment need to be modified? If the physical environment is adapted perhaps the child will be able to be more independent […]

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3 Simple Organizational Tips for Students

Students desks can get very messy but when a student has difficulties with organizational skills it can be even more difficult.  Pencils roll away, worksheets get lost or crumpled and books are on the floor.  Here are three simple ways to clean up and organize that desk space: 1.  The Anti Roll Pencil – just […]

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Classroom Displays and Children’s Ability to Focus

Is the picture above hard to read?  Of course it is – text on a busy background is difficult to see.  One thing that really bothers me in a classroom is excessively decorated walls.  I frequently walk into a classroom and am shocked at the visual overstimulation.  There are patterns, pictures and words hanging all […]

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5 Ways to Modify Baseball to Include All Children

With baseball season upon us, therapists can play a role in assisting PE teachers, coaches, after care and recess staff with modifying the game of baseball to include all children.  Here are some suggestions: 1. When teaching the basics of baseball, you may need to provide simple, step by step directions regarding throwing, catching and […]

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Self Regulated Strategy Development

Self regulated strategy development (SRSD) is an instructional model to teach writing strategies to students.   SRSD has been researched and shown to result in significant and meaningful improvements in writing knowledge, writing quality, writing approach, self-regulation skills, and motivation.  School based occupational therapists may focus on the actual skill of handwriting and also the […]

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5 Tips to Help Students Be Independent with Modifications

Modifications to the school environment can greatly benefit students with disabilities. School staff needs to teach students to be independent in making sure that modifications are in place in the learning environment.  It is not our job to simple recommend modifications it is also our job as educators/therapists to ensure that the modifications are carried […]

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5 Follow Up Questions about Adaptive Equipment

Once a piece of adaptive equipment is put in place to use with a student, therapists need to follow up frequently.  Whether the adaptive equipment is a pencil grip or a tablet, on going assessment is needed.  Here are 5 follow up questions to answer after implementing adaptive equipment:1.  Is it being used at all? […]