special education

FREE DOWNLOAD: Fall Description Speech Activity

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From vibrant-colored leaves to bright orange pumpkins…Fall is a beautiful time of year! With all of these bright colors and fun sensations to draw from, it’s the perfect time of year to get students engaged within your speech therapy job. To help, we’ve put together this fun (and FREE) downloadable resource for you to include… Read More »

Celebrate Fall (and Halloween!) by Making Sensory Bins

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Although many retailers started celebrating Halloween back in August, Halloween is finally really almost here. Halloween and Fall-themed sensory bins are an easy, non-threatening way to bring the colors and sights of the season into your school-based therapy classroom. Making sensory bins was recently introduced in my special education classroom, and have produced a great… Read More »

Cutting the Frustration – 5 Simple Tips to Teach Scissor Skills

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Cutting the Frustration – 5 Simple Tips to Teach Scissor Skills

Wide-eyed parents surprised by the skill of their toddler’s self-imposed “haircut” may be skeptical about the importance of teaching scissor skills in the classroom. Certainly, some children just KNOW how to use scissors…right? 😉 Seriously though: it is not unusual for a child to struggle with the concept and need assistance with at least ONE… Read More »

OT Sensory Bins Perfect for Summer

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OT Sensory Bins Perfect for Summer

  Want More Sensory Bins? See More!   Summer offers so many opportunities to get outside, play and explore!  Summer-themed sensory bins for occupational therapists (OTs) are the perfect way to practice fine motor skills, promote calm and foster creative play. When possible, you can easily set sensory bins up outside or bring some of… Read More »

Summer-Inspired Sensory Bins

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  Want More Sensory Bins? See More!   Summer brings warm weather, sunny skies and lots of new opportunities to learn and grow. One way for children with special needs to learn is through the use of summer-inspired sensory bins, which include items with texture or other sense-stimulating characteristics. Common bases for summer-inspired sensory bins… Read More »

Childhood Speech Disorders – What You Need to Know (INFOGRAPHIC)

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If your student is not speaking at the same pace as his peers, you may start getting concerned. Does my student have a developmental delay? Will he or she outgrow it? While it is normal to feel uneasy about childhood speech disorders, you might respond by browsing the web for more facts However, the unfortunate… Read More »

8 Speech Therapy Activities for Valentine’s Day

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Attention speech-language pathologists! It’s never too early to get a head start on your Valentine’s Day lesson plans. From positional concept hearts to articulation and language wreaths, these eight speech therapy activities for Valentine’s Day will inspire your students and are perfect for the month of February. Here are a few activities to try with… Read More »

25 Gross Motor Activities for Winter

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Keep your students moving with these 25 gross motor activities for winter for the classroom. Try putting your own spin on these gross motor activities and share your success stories in the comments section below! “My goal for these indoor gross motor activities is simple, do-able fun. These indoor gross motor energy busters will get… Read More »

7 Simple Accommodations for Kids with ADHD

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Discover how accommodations for kids with ADHD, like providing positive physical activity and using privacy shields, will help your little ones. Follow this link to find out how you can use these accommodations for kids with ADHD in your therapy sessions or special education classroom.       Looking for a therapy job? Check out… Read More »

25 Christmas Occupational Therapy Activities

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Attention OTs! Try these Christmas occupational therapy activities with your students, and create holiday-themed crafts like gingerbread salt dough and paper snowflakes to improve fine motor skills. “The Christmas season is a hectic and chaotic time.  With holiday parties, altered schedules, and never-ending to-do lists, Christmas can be overwhelming for adults and kids.  Children see… Read More »