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How To Create an Effective Virtual Education Program: Just Follow the Research!

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Virtual Education Program

As I’m sure we can all agree, COVID-19 was a massive catalyst for change in the instructional landscape of brick-and-mortar schools. Before the pandemic, the vast majority of these schools utilized technology only as a secondary, as-needed enhancement to in-person programs. Of course, this all changed when schools faced the urgent challenge of offering an… Read More »

How to Develop a Mental Health Program for Your School: From Categorization to Intervention

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Developing a Mental Health Program

As students around the country return to in-person instruction, school-based mental health services are more crucial than ever. Before the global pandemic, schools already struggled to offer these critical services to students in crisis—and without question, adding COVID-19 to the equation quickly exacerbated this demand. According to the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention,… Read More »

Ten Terrific Literacy Learning Apps for Children

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The modern landscape of K-12 education has challenged educators to increasingly shift their teaching approach – and this includes introducing more and more technological tools in their curriculum. More than ever before, schools are offering iPads, tablets, video conferencing platforms, and other technical devices to help students develop critical learning skills such as reading, writing,… Read More »

Your Frequently Asked Extended School Year Questions: ANSWERED

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Your Frequently Asked Questions Extended School Year Questions

It is commonly believed that students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) aren’t eligible to obtain special education services during the summer. In reality, educational administrators must provide extended school year (ESY) programs annually to students with disabilities. ESY refers to related services and special education administered outside of the regular school year to provide… Read More »

Five Children’s Books That 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 an extended period of time? If so, you may have a kinesthetic learner on your hands. Thankfully, there’s a learning style for that! Kinesthetic learning (also referred to as “tactile learning”)… Read More »

Making Homemade Slime — The Day I Discovered Its Benefits (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 try…making homemade slime?” Slime! UGH! I had only recently learned that making homemade slime had evolved from a niche internet… 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 »