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March 2013 Blog Posts (5)

Just for Fun: The Magnificent Bond Between Child and Man’s Best Friend:

I know we have blogged before on the benefits of our canine companions and other animal assisted therapy, but here is a beautiful example of what can happen with children and our four legged friends. As an OT, of course I see all kinds of therapy going on here from sensory input (tactile and proprioceptive) to motor planning skills (watch how the Labrador even prompts this child to activate his…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on March 20, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

Look Mom…I’ve been RTI-ed.

I wish I had coined the phrase Response to Intervention at the same moment it was embedding itself into the fabric of the school system. I could have retired early. However, Response to Intervention, or RTI as it is known, is a good thing. First of all from the Parent perspective, we have been doing it from day…

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Added by Hannah Ehrli on March 19, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

A Tool for One..is a Tool For ALL!

It’s not easy fitting in the classroom. With so many differences between children, it seems that there is no one “way” for children to fit in. For a child with a disability or difference, it may be even tougher to “fit in”. Some children need extra time, one-on-one assistance, or certain tools to help them through their school day. Some tools make children stand out, but…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on March 14, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Design Ideas for Children with Autism

Continuing with our theme of sensory spaces, I recently came across a blog by Susan Moffitt at Autism Key that may also be helpful. Entitled Interior Design for Children with Autism it includes…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on March 11, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Sensory Spaces for Reading, Test-Taking, or Just Chillin' Out!

Children need to focus and attend in order to do many tasks during the day including worksheets, reading, writing, and test-taking. The environment plays a huge role on how well a child can attend to these tasks. Sensory spaces are great ways to help children improve their focus and attention. Sensory spaces can be…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on March 4, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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