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5 Fun Activities to Soak Up Summer!

Check out these fun ideas to beat the heat AND work on fine motor skills!

  1. Squirt Gun Painting. Fill your favorite squirt gun with liquid watercolors, use an easel or secure a piece of…
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Added by Cecilia Cruse on July 14, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

General Ed teachers: Helping to integrate students with sensory processing challenges into the classroom

In this month’s blog I will be discussing children who are displaying behaviors reflecting sensory processing challenges, often not thought as appropriate in the classroom. Unlike children who are wheelchair users and easily receive assistance for their challenges, those with sensory processing challenges have “hidden” disabilities. They are often misunderstood and receive punishment for their behaviors. Assessment is important to identify the cause of their challenges. Once identified as…

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Added by Diana Ashby Henry on July 7, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Treat Yourself to A Summertime Continuing Education Webinar!

Now that summer is here, time to relax, right? Yes…and it is also an opportunity for continuing education. Like our children, we need to take advantage of the summer for learning too. How exciting to be prepared for the upcoming school year with new “sensory tools” . Why not sign up for a webinar such as Ten Ways to Implement Response to Intervention (RtI) with Sensory Strategies? This webinar also includes “bonus” clips from the Tools for Teachers DVD…

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Added by Diana Ashby Henry on June 16, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Summer Social Skills

School’s out for summer!....but so is the structured routine that many children with special needs so often need.  The daily school tasks also provide the opportunity to practice social skills in context.  But don’t despair, to keep the momentum going over summer here are a few great tips to keep kids connecting:

  1.  Encourage eye contact:  Vestibular (movement) input is a great way to also help support the visual system.  Have your child swing and encourage him/her to look at you…
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Added by Cecilia Cruse on June 2, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Transitions from School to Home for Summer Break

Preparing and planning for summer break ahead of time can make for a successful transition from school, especially for those with sensory processing challenges.

During the school year, teachers and parents create predictable daily routines at school and for homework time. With summer break approaching, parents and caregivers are wise to develop a daily summer “…

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Added by Diana Ashby Henry on May 19, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Marvelous May: Celebrating Better Hearing & Speech Month

As a therapist and a writer, I have always enjoyed alliterations. Even the term is fun to say. Alliteration basically means a series of words in a row that have the same first consonant sound. The classic phrase she sells sea shells down by the sea shore for example comes to mind.  Alliteration is part of normal development of phonological awareness along with rhyming and isolating sounds and all are important components for early literacy skills. Many children with special needs struggle…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on May 5, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Autism/OT Month: Understanding the Distinction between Sensory Integration and Sensory-Based Strategies

There are many interventions and treatment techniques for assisting children diagnosed with autism.

Research indicates that about 90% of children diagnosed with autism also have sensory processing challenges. Therefore sensory processing must be evaluated.

Two of my favorite standardized rating scales are the Sensory…

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Added by Rick Ruess on April 14, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

3 Quick Inclusion Tips for Students on the Spectrum

 About 1 in 68 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from the CDC (Center for Disease Control).  April is Autism Awareness Month. If you know a child on the spectrum, consider these tips as part of a good sensory lifestyle and help promote inclusion in daily activities.…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on April 14, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

How Video Games Benefit Children with Autism

Touted previously as an inhibitor of brain…

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Added by Kyle H. Albert on April 8, 2014 at 3:00am — No Comments

Come Visit Us at the CEC Conference!

We are thrilled to once again be attending the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Conference hosted this year in Philadelphia from April 9-12. This is one of the largest professional development events geared towards…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on March 24, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference & Expo in Baltimore, MD - Not just for Thrapists!

The AOTA 94th Annual Conference & Expo will be in Baltimore, MD from April 3 through April 6 this year.

You can also access the Exhibit Hall for a reduced fee, if you are not going to attend the educational sessions. Go to www.aota.org for additional information regarding registration.

Henry OT Services is thrilled to have been invited to join School Specialty/Abilitations in the Exhibit Hall at their booth: #320.

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Added by Diana Ashby Henry on March 17, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

We're BACK at AOTA!

I am thrilled to announce that School Specialty Special Needs/Abilitations will be making our return to the American Occupational Therapy Association  (AOTA) Conference in Baltimore April 3-6th. …

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on March 17, 2014 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Keeping the "I" in IEP

This time of year IEP reviews in schools are often in full swing.  The Individualized Educational Program is the mandated component of the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) which allows for individual goals and objectives to be set for every student that is enrolled in special education. If you are…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on February 3, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Rise and SHINE! 5 great tips for starting the day with Sensory Strategies

We know the importance of keeping a sensory routine at school to help students with sensory processing issues stay focused, calm and hopefully meltdown free during the day.  Yet a good sensory diet or “sensory lifestyle” begins at home so if you have a child who has trouble even rising, much less shining out of bed…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on January 27, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Addressing sensory processing challenges across environments

To piggy back on the previous January 2014 blog, every environment (at school and in the home) presents teachers and staff with opportunities to address sensory processing challenges. These not only include the main classroom (such as wearing …

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Added by Diana Ashby Henry on January 17, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Transitioning back to school after the holidays

All of the excitement from the holidays, family gatherings and December parties are behind us. The return to school (for some of us) and to school (for some children) may be difficult, after winter break. However, getting back to the daily routine in their classroom may be just what children with sensory processing challenges need; especially if they have “over responsivity” (sometimes called “over sensitivity”). Predictability and consistency are great tools for those who are uncomfortable…

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Added by Diana Ashby Henry on January 16, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Calming Cafeteria Chaos

Many of you know that the lunchroom may be the one of the most hectic parts of a school day. Most classes have a very finite time allotted to get in, get served, eat and get cleaned up.  Add in the noise factor, the glare of overhead fluorescent lights and the smells emanating from the kitchen and for children with…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on January 15, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Come Visit Us at the NAEYC Conference

Just a quick note to let you know that this week we are headed to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Conference in Washington, D.C. Abilitations, Childcraft and some of your other favorite School Specialty brands…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on November 19, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

AFTER THE STORM:Processing Halloween

I am writing this to make sure that everyone has survived the Halloween frenzy. The evening went smoothly for me but as an educator it raised some new and familiar concerns.

School provides the opportunity to explore different things in the world around us. However it may not always coincide with one’s…

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Added by Hannah Ehrli on November 4, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

And the Winner Is...

Susan is the lucky winner from our random drawing of our Chill out Sensory Space contest.  Susan is an OT at an elementary school in Massachusetts.   Click…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on November 1, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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