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Poor Executive Function Skills? Try Using Chaining

Signs of poor executive function skills are when someone struggles with working memory, focus, organization, planning, impulse control or shifting tasks.

Do you work with clients who struggle with working memory, focus, organizational skills, planning, impulse control or shifting from one task to another? This may be a sign of poor executive function skills. It can be very difficult to manage the day to day tasks or learn new skills when executive function disorder is present. […]

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Positive Communication with Parents and Staff This School Year

Here are some steps to increase positive communication with parents and school staff this school year from Your Therapy Source.

  There are many members of the special education team such as students, parents, teachers, teachers assistants, administrators, and related service providers. Occupational and physical therapists usually make up a small but important group of the special education team. Some team members, especially therapists, can have a varied caseload with students from different classrooms, grades […]

School Based Occupational Therapy – Tips for Effective Service Delivery

Do you work with students who you refer to school based occupational therapy? When students struggle with fine motor skills, self-regulation, sensory processing, handwriting, organization, or other activities of daily living, they may need extra support to function in the educational environment.  

Do you work with students who you refer to school-based occupational therapy?  Perhaps you are a parent whose child will be receiving an evaluation for occupational therapy in the schools?  Or maybe you are an Occupational Therapist needing guidance on how to provide effective services in the school setting?  Whatever the case may be, you […]

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How to Run a Successful Group Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy Session for Children

How to Run a Successful Group Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy Session for Children

Benefits of Group Occupational THerapy Or Group Physical Therapy Many children receive group occupational therapy or group physical therapy sessions. The group sessions may include 2-5 children or sometimes more depending upon the state where you provide school-based therapy services. Children benefit from group occupational therapy sessions or group PT sessions by: modeling their peers. […]

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Learning on the Job as a School-Based Therapist – 10 Things You Do Not Learn in College

There is so much learning on the job as a school-based therapist (OT or PT)! Here are my thoughts on what the University forgot to mention

Reflecting back on the more than 20 years since I graduated with my Master’s degree, I realize there are some crucial topics that were not mentioned during my training years.  There is so much learning on the job as a school-based therapist (OT or PT)! Here are my thoughts on what the University forgot to […]

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Visual Supports in the Classroom – 30 Ways To Help Students

Do you use visual supports in the classroom? They can be an excellent learning tool to help students to understand auditory input through visual images. In special education classrooms, visual supports are often used but ALL STUDENTS can benefit from visual supports and strategies. Visual supports can be picture images, words, tangible objects or other items to represent directions, routines, verbal requests and more.

Do you use visual supports in the classroom?  They can be an excellent learning tool to help students to understand auditory input through visual images.  In special education classrooms, visual supports are often used but ALL STUDENTS can benefit from visual supports and strategies.  Visual supports can be picture images, words, tangible objects or other […]

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Entry and Exit Slips for Pediatric Therapy – FREE for OT, PT, Speech, and Counseling

These entry and exit slips for pediatric therapy are FREE for OT, PT, Speech, and Counseling.  It doesn't get any easier than this to review and reinforce what your students are learning.

These entry and exit slips for pediatric therapy are FREE for OT, PT, Speech, and Counseling.  It doesn’t get any easier than this to review and reinforce what your students are learning. Why Use Entry and Exit Slips for Pediatric Therapy? Perhaps you are wondering why even use entry and exit slips for pediatric therapy?  […]

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How to Help a Child with Anxiety in the Classroom

Do you work with children who are anxious at school or at home? Learn how to help a child with anxiety in the classroom with these 10 interventions. Parents and teachers can be part of the support system for a child who experiences anxiety.

Do you work with children who are anxious at school or at home?  Learn how to help a child with anxiety in the classroom with these 10 interventions.  Parents and teachers can be part of the support system for a child who experiences anxiety. How to Help a Child with Anxiety in the Classroom – […]

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Sensory Versus Behavior Checklist

If you are a school-based Occupational Therapist, teacher, or a parent of a child with sensory processing difficulties, then you often ponder the question when a child "misbehaves" was it due to sensory concerns or behavior. This FREE sensory versus behavior checklist can act as a guide when you observe a child's behavior

If you are a school-based Occupational Therapist, teacher, or a parent of a child with sensory processing difficulties, then you often ponder the question when a child “misbehaves” was it due to sensory concerns or behavior.  This FREE sensory versus behavior checklist can act as a guide when you observe a child’s behavior (download at […]

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Would you like to write up OT evaluations in half the time?

Do you dread writing up evaluations?  Do you struggle to squeeze in the time to get the eval done before the student’s upcoming IEP meeting?  Would you like to write up OT evaluations in half the time? Try Double Time Docs

Do you dread writing up evaluations?  Do you struggle to squeeze in the time to get the eval done before the student’s upcoming IEP meeting?  Would you like to write up OT evaluations in half the time? The daily schedule of a school-based therapist is super busy.  Most therapists, land up writing up reports late […]