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Hypermobility in Children – Why Positioning Matters

When hypermobility in children is present, delayed postural control can sometimes be present. This means that due to the difficulty of stabilizing the head, trunk, and pelvis against gravity, a child may take longer to reach postural milestones such as holding their head steady, sitting without the need for external support, and standing independently.

When hypermobility in children is present, delayed postural control can sometimes be present. This means that due to the difficulty of stabilizing the head, trunk, and pelvis against gravity, a child may take longer to reach postural milestones such as holding their head steady, sitting without the need for external support, and standing independently. For […]

Trauma Informed Care for Children in the Foster Care System

Here are 7 interventions to provide trauma-informed care for children in the foster care system to help with development, coping skills, and emotions.

Did you know that there are hundreds of thousands of children in the US foster care system?  The most recent data indicates that 690,548 children spent time in the foster care system during 2017.  Most likely, if you are a school-based therapist or any school staff member you have worked with these children.  Many children […]

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Self Regulation Checklist for Self Monitoring

Are you looking to encourage students to improve self-regulation and maintain classroom expectations?  This free self-regulation checklist will help students

Are you looking to encourage students to improve self-regulation skills and maintain classroom expectations?  This free self-regulation checklist will help students gain independence in school.  This checklist helps children: to understand what behaviors are expected of them. how to succeed in the classroom. to reflect on those behaviors during class time. Students can refer to […]

10 Common Mistakes Pediatric Therapy Mentors Make

Pediatric therapy mentors have an exciting opportunity to become a leader in their field and to hone their clinical skills. However, this experience requires the investment of their time, energy, and resources, so it should not be taken lightly. To make mentorship a positive experience for both you and your mentee, here are 10 common mistakes to avoid that therapists from Chicago Speech and Occupational Therapy have found that mentors make in the field.

Pediatric therapy mentors have an exciting opportunity to become a leader in their field and to hone their clinical skills. However, this experience requires the investment of their time, energy, and resources, so it should not be taken lightly. To make mentorship a positive experience for both you and your mentee, here are 10 common […]

Occupational Therapy for Children with Disabilities – What does the research say?

Occupational therapy for children research study determined the best-available intervention evidence for children with disabilities.

Do you provide occupational therapy for children with disabilities? Or perhaps your child or student receives occupational therapy? Regardless, there are many techniques and interventions that occupational therapists use during a therapy session or consultation to help children improve their engagement and participation in various skills throughout their lives. Recently, a research study wanted to […]

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Free Poster – Strategies for Effective Sensory Integration Sessions

Whether you are a seasoned therapist or a beginner, this Free Poster - Strategies for Effective Sensory Integration Sessions provides a visual reminder to help children achieve functional goals during a sensory integration session.

Whether you are a seasoned therapist or a beginner, this Free Poster – Strategies for Effective Sensory Integration Sessions provides a visual reminder to help children achieve functional goals during a sensory integration session.  You can download it at the bottom of the post. Why this FREE Visual about Sensory Sessions? It came to our attention […]

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3 Behaviors Linked to Higher Mental Ability in Children

Parents play a key role in supporting children to maximize their potential at school.  As we all know, what goes on in the home greatly affects what goes on at school and vice versa.  Recent research on over 4000 children and adolescents in the United States, reveals that there are 3 behaviors linked to higher […]

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Strategies for Self-Care

Have you come up for air at all yet?  Back to school is such a crazy time of year.  Around here it is our busiest time of year without a doubt.  Everyone has to adjust to a new routine, expectations are high and schedules change.  It can be exhausting when you work in a school […]

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Research Review on Sensory Techniques

The American Journal of Occupational Therapy recently published a research review on sensory techniques and sensory environmental modifications for children with sensory integration difficulties.  The study reviewed 11,436 articles published between January 2007 and May 2015 to find research that reflected high levels of evidence, participants demonstrated sensory integration difficulties, and outcome measures addressed function or […]

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How to Prevent Sensory Overload at School

At the start of the school year or anytime after a school break, students may have a difficult time adjusting to changes at school.  One of the most effective ways to prevent sensory meltdowns is to prevent them from occurring in the first place.  Here are some suggestions on how to prevent sensory overload at school. 

At the start of the school year or anytime after a school break, students may have a difficult time adjusting to a new routine, any changes in the classroom environment or even different students.  One of the most effective ways to avoid sensory meltdowns is to prevent them from occurring in the first place.  Here […]