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Pittsburgh-based Charity Enables Children with Disabilities to Live Life to the Fullest

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Freedom of movement and the ability to easily communicate – two necessities of life that are easy to take for granted. But for a child with disabilities – the right equipment can be the difference between integration and isolation. Variety – the Children’s Charity, based out of Pittsburgh, has addressed this head-on, with three programs… Read More »

Keepin’ It Old-School With Free, Printable Word Search Puzzles

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Winter Word Search

Is it just me, or does it seem as if technology has become the “new normal” for the elementary-school set? Just this morning, I awoke this morning to find my 7-year-old daughter on her iPad…not playing games, or watching YouTube videos of toy unboxings or “talking” Barbie dolls (though these are favorites of hers as… Read More »

Fun Activities for Children with Low Muscle Tone

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Whether you’re working in a healthcare setting or as a school therapist, there’s a good chance you’ll be charged with helping to improve muscle tone. Low muscle tone, or hypotonia, refers to abnormally low tension or resistance to movement in a muscle.  It occurs when the length of the resting muscle is slightly but atypically… Read More »

10 Ways to Honor People with Learning Disabilities

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Working with a person with a learning disability (LD) can be a priceless experience, nurturing his or her growth in learning and self-confidence, and giving you the opportunity to demonstrate self-giving love and acceptance as you support the person.  Special education teachers, school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs), and learning disability teacher consultants (LDTCs) may also honor… Read More »

4 Long-Term Behavioral Therapy Strategies to Help Children Manage Anger

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Anger Management for Kids

It’s difficult to navigate complicated emotions like anger, where fear and/or hurt often lies buried like a landmine.  All therapists in school-based therapy jobs can help children in the the process of managing – and overcoming – anger and cycles of angry reactions. In this article, we highlighted four long-term strategies any school-based therapist can use to help students… Read More »

5 Interesting Blogs for School Counselors

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School counselors help students in ways that are not always immediately visible.  They guide students at all academic levels towards college and career readiness while encouraging them to achieve school success and plan for the future.  Sometimes, they are called upon to act as mediators for conflict resolution involving students, parents and even teachers. To… Read More »

Must-Have Apps for Pediatric Occupational Therapists

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Like many pediatric occupational therapists (OTs) in the field today, you probably consider your tablet an essential part of your bag of tricks. Tablets are great for keeping notes, organizing schedules and assessing new patients. Using tablets, pediatric OTs can access indispensable tools for aiding treatment and development.  Plus, few things rival the chance to… Read More »

Best of Pinterest: Occupational Therapy Materials

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Of all social media, Pinterest remains one of the best for collecting, sharing and organizing ideas related to virtually every aspect of life!  For an occupational therapist (OT) (and others in school-based therapy jobs), Pinterest can be an incredible resource for inspiration and education.  If you haven’t already set up an account, we highly encourage… Read More »

Amazing Printable Resources that Every Speech Therapist Needs!

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These days, no school-based speech-language pathologist (SLP) therapist need feel alone in the world—even if you’re the only school-based therapist  at your work site.  The Internet is for sharing, and we are a generous breed that works to improve the lives of students and patients everywhere.  That’s why so many speech therapists – as well… Read More »