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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 »

The Day I Discovered the Benefits of Slime (Recipe, How-To Video, and Occupational Therapy Activities Included!)

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Slime for Occupational Therapy

On a recent rainy weekend, my young daughter approached me with a cautiousness I immediately recognized as a sign that she was about to ask something she knew I wouldn’t like.“Mommy,” she said. “Can we make….slime?” Slime! UGH! I had only recently learned that homemade slime had evolved from a niche internet fad to a… Read More »

The Self-Regulation Hacks You Need to Try

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The Self-Regulation Hacks You Need to Try

For many students, including those participating in school-based therapy, self-regulation is the most difficult aspect of school to master. As academic expectations increase, so do expectations on behavior, and some students – ESPECIALLY those under the case of a Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, or other type of therapist – can quickly fall behind as their… Read More »

8 Activities for Treating Anxiety in Children

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8 Activities for Treating Anxiety in Children

As a therapist working in a school-based therapy job, you may be charged with helping to calm the nerves of children battling anxiety. According to Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. and Huffington Post contributor, “Teaching kids about how fear and worry work in their bodies, and specific thinking and doing strategies to fight the “Worry Monster,”… Read More »