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5 Picture Books Therapists Can Use to Promote Empathy

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In today’s selfie-filled culture, which seems to celebrate “Me first,” it’s become more important than ever to incorporate empathy—the capacity to relate to and understand others—into pediatric therapy sessions. Empathy is critical, because it gives children a solid foundation for building positive relationships at school and at home. Empathic children tend to do better in… Read More »

8 Excellent Activities for Kinesthetic Learners

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Is your special education student fidgeting during their therapy or teaching sessions? Does it seem like he/she has a hard time sitting still for any extended period of time? If so, you many have a kinesthetic learner on your hands. Thankfully – there’s a learning style for that! Kinesthetic learning (also referred to as, tactile… Read More »

Ridiculously Rousing /r/ Sound Activity Sheets for Articulation – FREE DOWNLOAD

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With 24 consonants and 20 vowels in the English language, it’s no wonder that many children end up struggling to pronounce at least 1 or 2. And of course, /r/ sound referrals are among the most common within the school-based SLP community. It’s likely for this reason that many creative activities for school-based therapy are… Read More »

The 4 Best Yoga Poses for Children with Special Needs

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The popularity of yoga has been on the rise, at least in part because it’s accessible to everyone – including children – regardless of physical ability. And if you’re a physical therapist or occupational therapist seeking creative ways to increase engagement and awareness, yoga may very well be the answer! Practicing yoga has been found… Read More »

Activities and Apps for Relieving Anxiety in Children

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A report released last year by the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics revealed an alarming statistic: more than 1 out of every 20 children and teens in the United States has been clinically diagnosed by a healthcare professional as having anxiety or depression. Further, the report shared that the number of children with diagnosed… Read More »

The Best Apps for Kids with Autism

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One of the greatest rewards of evolving technology is the way in which it addresses real-world challenges. Nowhere is this more evident than in the many digital tools that have been developed to assist children with ASDs (autism spectrum disorders.) Children on the spectrum frequently struggle with picking up on social cues, finding the “right”… Read More »

Overcoming Sensory Issues at the Dentist – 5 Top Tips for Parents of Special Needs Children

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Going to the dentist can be an overwhelming experience for special needs children, especially those with sensory issues. When a child displays symptoms of a sensory processing disorder, bright lights, loud noises, tastes and smells can cause feelings of anxiety at the dentist. I have been practicing family dentistry for 17 years and have discovered… Read More »

Need a Good Business Idea? Take a Look In the Mirror

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Our National Special Education Director Ann Marie Geissel was recently mentioned in this interesting article from Inc. magazine. Your background can lead you into a lot of opportunities. This was the case for Ann Marie Geissel M.Ed., the National Special Education Director for Therapy Source, a nationwide provider of special education and therapy staffing and services.   As… Read More »

Free SLP Download: Super-Fun Final Consonant Deletion Speech Activity

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Practice materials that engage your students are a critical element of successful treatment in any speech-language pathology classroom. This fun (and free!) final consonant deletion activity has 20 pages of minimal error pairs and pictures that are sure to do the trick! How it works Each page of this activity shows two words: one ending in… Read More »

FREE DOWNLOAD: Visual Discrimination Race Car Activity

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Start your engines! This fun and engaging racing-themed visual discrimination activity is sure to be a hit in your online or school-based occupational therapy classroom. This activity focuses on visual discrimination and visual attention skills, while solving a fun racing-themed puzzle. About Visual Discrimination Visual perceptual skills allow us to determine minimal differences between objects,… Read More »