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February 2011 Blog Posts (12)

Are You Listening?

I'm at the grocery store chatting with the nice checkout lady. She informs me that her 19-year-old has left home to live on her own. She then tells me that her daughter will have to learn the "hard way." She explains that this particular child never learned anything from simply being told.

I can relate to that.…


Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on February 28, 2011 at 8:00pm — 6 Comments

Quick Solutions for Functional Writing Skills

I recently attended a wonderful course entitled Enhancing Care for Older Adults with Sight Impairments. During class we were shown some common writing solutions for those with low vision. Always the OT, I realized that these and many other devices have application to so many of our struggling students with physical and/or cognitive impairments. Here are a few examples:



Added by Cecilia Cruse on February 24, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Contact Sports are Just One Brain Injury After Another!

Well, that is what the mother in me says whenever I think about my kids playing sports.

As a Speech Pathologist, I know the dangers of contact sports, some of which are…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on February 22, 2011 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Bedtime, Whoa!

I'm a mother of four, plus a small dog. The dog goes to sleep when the sun goes down. No problem there. I have noticed over the years that each of us needs more or less sleep than the others.…


Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on February 21, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

How Writing By Hand Makes Kids Smarter

As you can tell, we are on a soapbox this month about the importance of handwriting! Just in case you needed anymore convincing I am attaching this link to an article that was published last fall from…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on February 17, 2011 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

The King's Speech- A Must-See On My List!

An award winning movie about the struggles of a person who stutters! This exciting movie is about King George VIII, his leadership for his country and the difficulties, and eventual abilities with speaking.  King George is helped by an eccentric speech pathologist who gives him speech therapy to deal with his difficulties. This allows the King to become a great leader with the ability to speak to his…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on February 16, 2011 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Need Help With Handwriting?

Handwriting is a skill that children practice throughout the school year. Certain holidays that come and go during this time encourage kids to write their own personal cards of well wishes and love. In doing so just a few thoughts about writing comes to mind.… Continue

Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on February 14, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Tummy Time Early = Good Handwriting Skills Later!

 As an OT I am often asked what is the best product to help a child learn to write. Handwriting is a complex fine motor task and skill development starts long before a child picks up a pencil or a crayon. In the infant and toddler years tummy time is critical to help with proprioceptive (deep touch pressure) input to the upper body including the shoulders, forearms, wrists and hands.Tummy time…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on February 10, 2011 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

The Bedtime Routine Needs Repetition, The Bedtime Routine Needs Repetition, The Bedtime Routine...

The importance of boundaries and routines can't be underestimated, especially for a child with any differences in ability. All children are different, but in my experience I have found that children thrive on familiar routines. I had a choice of two…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on February 9, 2011 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments


Valentines Day is just around the corner and it seems like a little boy named Matty has a bit of a lesson to teach us all. Here at School Specialty we were fortunate enough to meet Sarah Grace, Matty's not-so-ordinary 4 year old sister. Here's to every parent, teacher, relative, friend and child with special needs. May you all find a brother like Matty who thinks you're amazing. Happy Valentines Day from all of us at School…


Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on February 7, 2011 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

The Wonders of Technology

This past week my colleague Sue and I attended the ATIA (Assistive Technology Industry Association) conference in  Orlando, FL.  As I was new to this amazing conference I found that entering the Exhibit Hall is  like stepping aboard the Starship Enterprise! The sheer number, as well as the speed, options  and choices of assistive technology…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on February 2, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Turn Moments Into Masterpieces

For some children, writing is a daunting task. For others, it's a pleasure. My second grader has been involved in a writing program at her school which focuses on thematic writing units, creative writing, basic punctuation and (not a worry in the world about) spelling, which isn't checked until the end of the writing process.

I like the…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on February 1, 2011 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

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