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February 2013 Blog Posts (6)

Sensory Space Makeovers

Several years ago an OT colleague and I had the great (and stressful!) thrill of participating on site for an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  Our mission? To bring Abilitations creative ideas…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on February 26, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Tackling Test Time

Now is the season when many school districts around the country are implementing testing procedures. Whether it's achievement tests, college prep exams or a weekly spelling quiz, all students, especially those with special needs, can benefit from some reasonable accommodations. Here are…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on February 22, 2013 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Test Taking; An Everyday Strategy

As teachers we know that test taking is not something you do only on Test day. It is something you prepare for every day. We work on test taking strategies with every task we attempt to do so that hopefully at test time they are intrinsic to how we approach a test.

With that said, if you have an IEP, the…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on February 17, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Terrific Tips for Fine Motor Skills

This week I will have the great honor to be presenting at the Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education (VAECE) Conference  on 10 Terrific Tips to Promote Fine Motor Skills.  The…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on February 11, 2013 at 7:17pm — No Comments

A Choice Makes a Difference!

We received this update from a colleague’s friend late last week during National School Choice Week.  Tera is mom to Sam an 18 year old with Down syndrome.  In conjunction with School Choice Ohio (SCO) (a non- profit with a mission to protect and expand children’s educational options with the belief that all parents should have the opportunity to choose which school is best for their children…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on February 5, 2013 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Einstein didn’t fit in either

I remember when my five year old son came home devastated with a note from the teacher.  He asked me what “tarded” meant. After reading the note and deciphering his five year old jargon, I realized that another child had called him “retarded.” After regaining my composure I grabbed a book I had on the shelf…


Added by Hannah Ehrli on February 4, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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