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January 2012 Blog Posts (8)

Quick Tips for Valentine Success

Special events and holidays are often overwhelming for children with special needs, and Valentine's Day has its own unique set of challenges. It starts from the fine-motor skills it takes to cut out a shape or card, write a note/signature, close and seal an envelope, all the way to the pragmatic/social skills…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on January 26, 2012 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Even More Resources for Struggling Readers with Dyslexia--Part 2

As promised, we wanted to provide you with additional resources for those readers who struggle with dyslexia. We hope you will also find these to be helpful as well as those listed in our last article here!

1. Are you a parent of a child struggling with learning strategies for reading, writing, math, test taking – or school in general? Or are you…


Added by Joan M. Brennan on January 23, 2012 at 6:46pm — 2 Comments

Canine Companion Assists with Adapted PE

In keep with our theme this month on fitness and fun, here is a heartwarming story I came across that I had to share! "Mr.…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on January 19, 2012 at 8:00am — 8 Comments

Resources for Struggling Readers with Dyslexia --Part 1

Articles on the topic of dyslexia have recently attracted considerable attention. There may be a reason for this surge in interest on the subject. Here are some current statistics (from the U.S.) that may partly explain this increased interest level:

Dyslexia Statistics

• Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading, writing and spelling difficulties.

• Of…


Added by Joan M. Brennan on January 18, 2012 at 5:14pm — 4 Comments

Resources for Winter Fun

As the days of winter continue to roll along, the task of finding fresh ideas for fun activities for all children, especially those with special needs, can get challenging! With that in mind I've put together a list of websites and community resources that may help with brainstorming for new ideas.…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on January 11, 2012 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Crawling through these Chilly Days

I live in the south, but, as I write this, the thermometer is hovering in the 20s this morning. Brrr! It seems like "old man winter" has a grip on much of the nation right now. All children, especially those with sensory processing issues, still need plenty…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on January 5, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Find It activities

I love using "Find It" with kids in Occupational Therapy, they are often very motivated by it.

I have used it to get kids to write.  Good individually or in a group.  Give them lined paper and have them write a list of the things they find. I let them copy the letters if they don't know how to spell it, but generally insist on neat writing (that is one of my goals- to practice correct formation, spacing, line placement of letters.)  

I told them the first person who finds the…


Added by gloria leinbach on January 2, 2012 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Keeping Your Kids Busy Through the Winter

Winter can be very tough, and, depending on where you live, for some of you it's tougher than others. I live in Ohio, and, although this winter has been mild so far, we have still found ourselves indoors a lot more than outdoors. My family and I are all "outdoor people" so finding things to do in the house is…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on January 2, 2012 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

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