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March 2011 Blog Posts (19)

For Your Listening (and Viewing) Pleasure

I am out of the office this week on a much needed spring break but could not resist sharing this video gone viral of a set of twins having a wonderful conversation with each other in a language only they understand. The video (which begs for subtitles!) is a fascinating look at early language, communication and listening skills.

Enjoy the clip and let us know…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on March 31, 2011 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Welcome to Your Coaching Corner!- The break you deserve

You, my friend, deserve a break.  Yes, you! You GIVE … to your family, your students, your colleagues … so much that sometimes there is just not enough left for yourself.  You know it’s true.  You want to take better care of yourself.  Part of you even knows that when you take care of yourself it’s actually BETTER for… Continue

Added by Elaine Taylor-Klaus on March 31, 2011 at 6:00am — 8 Comments

Nut Free Schools For All?

My girlfriend across the street has a serious peanut allergy. She has the EpiPen®, and her eyes blow up at the mere sight of nuts. She told me, after speaking with one of her teacher friends, that she went back to her classroom and her mouth felt weird. Hives broke out around her face. She had just finished speaking with her friend, but that friend wasn't eating anything. Sure enough, after a swig of Benadryl®, she found out her friend had eaten peanuts earlier in the day.…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on March 30, 2011 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

"House Rules"

I recently read "House Rules" by Jodi Picoult. This is the story of a young man, age 18, with Aspergers who is accused of murdering his tutor.


What I loved about this book was the ability of the author to take you inside the head of Jacob, the young man…


Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on March 28, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

The Sound Of Hope: Understanding Auditory Processing Disorders

APD or Auditory Processing Disorders affect about 1 in 100 children today and are characterized by a child's inability to accurately perceive the spoken word. It's not a hearing sensitivity or hearing loss issue, but a complex problem between the hearing receptors and the brain's ability to interpret the… Continue

Added by Cecilia Cruse on March 24, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Time Timer Helps Treat Autism in India

Editor’s Note:  This week’s guest blog features Ritika Vatsa, a licensed speech-language pathologist who works at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Bradley Hospital in Rhode Island.  Her work focuses on evaluating and treating children who experience emotional or behavioral problems, in addition to mental retardation or autism.  In this guest article, Ritika discusses her vision and plan for treating autism in her native India.  Among the tools she recommends is…


Added by Loran Rogers Kerrigan on March 22, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The Last Letter May Be Most Important

Today my boys needed to give a speech to their 2nd grade class on the president of their choice. They needed to dress up as the president (my boys would rather sit under a rock then dress up and have everyone staring at them) and then give their speech. They were to be graded on content, eye contact (not going to…


Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on March 21, 2011 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Academic Accommodations ~ Know Your Rights

Academic accommodations are your right,
schools/universities are not doing you a favour.

Once advised of an individual’s disability, the school/university must put in place an arrangement to support a student with a disability.…


Added by Lorna d'Entremont on March 17, 2011 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Hands to Love!

This week I want to give a shout out to my friend and fellow OT Ruthie Dell and the wonderful staff (led by…


Added by Cecilia Cruse on March 17, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Kids Can Practice Listening

Listening is an important skill our children need to learn well for success in school. It can be hard to listen, focus and pay attention throughout the entire day. Distractions, lack of sleep and the speaker themselves can all have an impact on a child's listening. It goes without saying that good sleep can help…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on March 15, 2011 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Bean Bags for Cerebral Palsy children

hi there - does anyone know about CP children and large bean bags? the pressure and tactile feel of the bean bag is supposed to calm and soothe children with this special challenge. i have yet to find them online or at furniture stores, toy stores... the only "bags" i have come across are made with some type of plastic foam, etc. for the stuffing. any ideas on where to look? i'm thinking about making my own for my adorable CP…


Added by rosemary Orr on March 10, 2011 at 3:03pm — 3 Comments

Interview with Julie Clark, author of Asperger’s in PINK

A quote from the star of Asperger’s in PINK, Kristina, sets the tone of the book: “I feel like any other ordinary kid and I want to be respected like one.” In her section, Before You Begin, Julie Clark, mom of Kristina and author, writes about Aspergers (AS):” …both males and females share certain traits…lack of eye contact, inadequate social ability, strict adherence to routine, sensory integration difficulties, lack of… Continue

Added by Lorna d'Entremont on March 10, 2011 at 2:09pm — 2 Comments

Reasonable Accommodations In Testing

I so enjoyed my colleague Ilana Danneman's blog titled, …


Added by Cecilia Cruse on March 10, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Huh? What? Do You Know a Child Who Has Difficulty Processing Information?

Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) or Auditory Processing Disorder entails difficulty processing auditory information in the brain. You might think your child is not listening or doesn't hear you, and this may not be the case. The child who is not comprehending what is going on around them may have a…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on March 7, 2011 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

"Testing 1, 2, 3...Testing"

This week my children are taking the IOWA tests. They are both 8 years old. This is a good year as last year they had to take 3 sets of tests.

I hope they feel like filling in all those little bubbles at the exact time on the exact day when they are asked. I hope they are not thinking about how Harry Potter…


Added by Ilana, School Specialty PT on March 7, 2011 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Slumber...It's NO Party. Tips for Kids With SPD, and/or ADHD

Feel like Sleepy, Dopey or Grumpy? Your child's sleep issues impact the WHOLE family.

If the thought that your child might go to…


Added by Sue Wilkinson on March 5, 2011 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

Spotlight on: Clark County School District: Las Vegas

Earlier this week I had the great pleasure of being a guest speaker at the CCSD Early Childhood Conference held on Monday 2/28  just outside Las Vegas in Henderson, NV.  Around 600 teachers were in attendance and many stopped in to hear my lecture on Sensory Solutions in the Classroom.  These great early childhood educators know that learning doesn’t just start from the chin up. We need our bodies and our senses to process and learn. … Continue

Added by Cecilia Cruse on March 3, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Hand writing is fun!!

But How many times does it remain so?.... If we push our children to write before they feel ready this will turn out to be a traumatic experience...we have to help them through this experience properly like sensory integrative activities and pre-writing skills.........Who said they should write at 2,3 or 4????  Lets offer a better world for our kids is difficult enough!

Added by bernadette felice on March 3, 2011 at 6:54am — 3 Comments

Creating A Healthy And Successful Testing Environment

Testing time generates nervousness for even the best test takers. You can use this checklist before your next test to ensure that your kids are in the most comfortable environment possible.


-Be sure the room is quiet (post signs outside the door so loud chatter or noise is not distracting outside the…


Added by Tobi Isaacs on March 2, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

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