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Self Regulation Skills at School

Self regulation skills at school require the ability to tolerate sensations, situations and distress and form appropriate responses.  Simply stated, it is the ability to control emotions, thinking, behavior and motor actions in different situations.  In children, self regulation matures just like other developmental processes. Children get older and learn to think before they act. Research indicates […]

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Scheduling for School Based Therapists is NOT FUN!

When back to school starts, school based therapists have to hit the ground running.  There is rarely time to organize supplies, review IEPs or even go to the bathroom haha!  Most therapists start the school year off with scheduling.  This is BY FAR THE WORST part of being a school based therapists in my opinion. […]

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Concussion Guidelines for Returning to Activity and School for Children

As pediatric therapists we may be involved in helping children return to activity and/or school following a concussion.  Of course, you should always work in conjunction with a physician but there are specific guidelines to follow.  CanChild has done a great job of creating evidence based resources to return to activity and school for youth […]

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Gross Motor Skills and Scissor Use

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS AND SCISSOR USE We continue the Functional Skills for Kids Series with scissor skills.  This post is part of a series written by occupational and physical therapy bloggers on developing 12 functional skills for children.    Each month we will discuss the development of one functional skill in children addressing the many components […]

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Push In, Pull Out or Consultation School Based Therapy Survey Results

The results are in from the survey on service delivery model for school based therapy.  There were over 500 responses to the questions!  You can read all the results at Your Therapy Source.   Please take a moment to answer the two question survey on evaluation tools.

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Ask Me Why I Got This Sticker

Here is another freebie from Your Therapy Source – Ask Me About My Stickers freebie.  You can download the templates for stickers to put on a label sheet.  You just need labels size 1″ by 2 5/8″ (30 per sheet Avery label #5160/8160 or comparable).  Toss the label sheet in your printer and you will […]

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Black Friday Sale Dollar Deals

Check out these $0.99 specials until 11/30/15: 1.  Scavenger Hunts – Encourage physical activity and visual perceptual skills while going on fun scavenger hunts. 2.  Tangrams for Kids – cut and paste puzzle projects for kids. 3.  December Handwriting Activities – over 40 pages of December holiday handwriting templates, visual motor and visual perceptual worksheets.

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5 Tips to Support Risk Taking in Children

Do you allow children to explore enough?  Risk taking is so important in childhood. This generation of children is so shielded from many risks that perhaps you and I were allowed to overcome as we grew up.  Taking a risk and achieving a goal provides a child with a strong sense of accomplishment.  Remember back […]

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SNARC Effect and Motor Responses

Have you ever heard of the SNARC effect?  I had not, so when I read about it in a research article I decided to find out more information.  SNARC stands for spatial-numerical association of response codes.   The SNARC effect is when someone is presented with smaller numbers people respond faster with the left hand and when […]