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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…


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…


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

A Tool for 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…


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…


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…


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

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