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2 Key Factors to Help Increase Participation of Children with Autism

OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health published qualitative research investigating the viewpoint of teachers and occupational therapists (who work with children with autism) on the sensory-related environmental barriers to participation within the preschool context. Following interview questions, the data was analyzed and indicated that there are two essential components to increase the participation of children with autism in the […]

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Proper Positioning for Keyboarding Rubric

Here is a free rubric on the proper positioning for keyboarding from the Keyboard Rubrics digital download.  School based occupational and physical therapists are frequently involved in evaluating positioning needs in the schools including computer stations.  With more and more children spending countless hours in front of a computer screen, proper positioning is essential to […]

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Benefits of Peer-Mediated Interventions for Students With Intellectual Disability and Peers

The Journal of Remedial and Special Education published a review of the 53 studies on the impact on peers from peer-mediated interventions for students with intellectual disability (ID).  Although inclusion is increasing there are still some administrators, educators and parents who are hesitant. They may have concerns regarding the effects of peer mediated interventions that include […]

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Move Like Me Freebie

This Move Like Me freebie includes 2 sample pages for children to practice motor planning, crossing midline, body awareness, timing, rhythm, coordination and physical activity.  Follow the movement patterns on the children pictured focusing on timing and rhythm of completing the actions. DOWNLOAD the Move Like Me Freebie. Get more information about the complete Move […]

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Are You “Stuffed”? – Thanksgiving Mini Workout

I don’t know about you, but I know I always eat too much on Thanksgiving (and quite a few of the days leading up to the big feast).  Here is a quick, physical activity workout for the children, classroom, brain break, physical education class, therapy room or anyone who just ate too much on turkey […]

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10 Ways to Increase Student Participation in School Based Therapy

Here are 10 ways to increase student participation in school based occupational, physical or speech therapy: Student Choice:  Allow the students to choose activities.  Have several activities available that will accomplish the same end results and let them choose.  Need to plan in advance, ask the student the session before what activity they would like to […]

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5 Ways to Reduce Stress in the Classroom

Classrooms can be stressful for certain students and for all students during certain times.  Over stimulating environments or unrealistic academic expectations are two examples of what can make stress levels start to rise.  Here are 5 suggestions to help create a peaceful classroom:  Reduce visual clutter –  Psychological Science published research indicating that children in […]

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5 Reasons to Provide Push In Therapy

Whether you work in the schools or in the home, here are 5 reasons to provide push in therapy within a child’s natural environment: 1. You have the chance to see first hand during each session what functional tasks or skills need improvement. 2. The child’s normal daily routine is not interrupted. If it is […]

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Tips for Positive Communication with Parents

School and Home Communication Forms for Therapists

Parents are an integral part of the special education team. They know the most about their children’s strengths, weaknesses and personal preferences. Therapists and other school staff need to include parents in all decision making for children. Here are some tips on improving your communication with parents: 1. Always start off a conversation stressing a […]

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Electronic Medical Records – Pediatric Therapy

Are you familiar with electronic medical records abbreviated as EMR?  For most school based occupational and physical therapists, electronic medical records are not being used in school districts.  Some school districts do run software programs to generate and monitor progress for students’ IEPs. I recently had the chance to view a demonstration of an EMR […]